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How we define a specific purpose or event

You must be coming to New Zealand for an acceptable specific purpose or event to apply for a Specific Purpose Work Visa.

Types and evidence of specific purposes and events

You can apply for a Specific Purpose Work Visa if you are coming to New Zealand for an acceptable specific purpose or event. The evidence you need to provide depends on what purpose or event you need to be in New Zealand for, and for how long.

Check to see if you are eligible for a Specific Purpose Work Visa.

Specific Purpose Work Visa

Recovery Visa

You can apply for the Recovery Visa (a Specific Purpose Work Visa) if you were in New Zealand and held a Recovery Visa on 23 September 2023.

You must:

  • have a completed Recovery Visa - Employer Supplementary Form (INZ 1377) from your employer, and
  • select more than 6 months but less than 12 months as the length of stay in New Zealand.

If you are applying for the Recovery Visa extension you must provide evidence that your job relates to the extreme weather events from the beginning of the year.

Recovery Visa - Employer Supplementary Form (INZ 1377) PDF 370KB

Recovery Visa

You do not need to provide a chest x-ray certificate

If you are from a country that is not on our countries with a low incidence of tuberculosis list you may be asked to provide a chest x-ray Certificate when you apply. You do not need to do this. Instead you can upload an exemption letter confirming you are applying for a 3-month extension of your Recovery Visa and therefore do not need to provide a chest x-ray certificate.

Countries with a low incidence of tuberculosis

Recovery Visa - chest x-ray certificate exemption letter PDF 304KB

Short-term secondments

You can apply if you are a senior or specialist business person on a short-term secondment who has a job offer with a substantial New Zealand company or a New Zealand subsidiary of an overseas company.

You must provide

  • evidence of a job offer that complies with New Zealand employment law
  • terms of the secondment, including duration
  • a completed Employer Supplementary Form (INZ 1113)
  • evidence you are an executive or senior manager or specialist personnel.

Employer Supplementary Form (INZ 1113) PDF 388KB

In addition you must also provide evidence you have enough money to support yourself while you are in New Zealand.

Business people being transferred

You can apply if you are a business person being transferred from one part of a multinational company to another in New Zealand as an executive or senior manager, or specialist personnel.

You must provide:

In addition you must also provide evidence you have enough money to support yourself while you are in New Zealand.

Business people in New Zealand for more than 3 months

You can apply if you are a business person wanting to do business activities in New Zealand who has genuine business reasons to be in New Zealand for more than 3 months in any 1 year.

You must provide evidence of:

  • the amount of time you need to be in New Zealand
  • your business activities in New Zealand.

Contractual services suppliers and independent professionals from the United Kingdom

You can apply for a Specific Purpose Work Visa if you are a contractual services supplier or independent professional from the United Kingdom.

Temporary entry of UK Business Persons under the New Zealand-United Kingdom Free Trade Agreement (NZ-UK FTA)

If you are a contractual services supplier, you must have:

  • a tertiary-level degree of at least 3 years, and
  • at least 6 years of relevant work experience.

If you are an independent professional, you must have:

  • a degree or diploma from at least 3 years of formal education after secondary school, and
  • at least 6 years of relevant experience.

How to apply

For the question ‘What type of specific purpose or event are you coming to New Zealand for?’ select the option ‘People wishing to undertake business activities in New Zealand for a period exceeding three months in one year’.

In the 'Evidence required for your Specific Purpose or Event Work Visa' field, upload evidence of:

  • your qualifications
  • your work experience
  • the amount of time you need to be in New Zealand, and
  • your business activities in New Zealand.

Principal applicants investigating investment opportunities

You can apply if you are a principal applicant investigating investment opportunities and making direct investments in New Zealand.

You must have received approval in principal under one of these visa categories:

  • Investor 1 Resident Visa
  • Investor 2 Resident Visa
  • Parent Retirement Resident Visa
  • Active Investor Plus Visa.

You do not need to provide any additional evidence.

Principal applicants applying for an Entrepreneur Residence Visa

You can apply if you are a principal applicant for residence under the Entrepreneur Residence Visa who currently holds a valid visa granted under the Entrepreneur Work Visa or Long Term Business Visa instructions.

You must provide evidence you have enough money to support yourself while you are in New Zealand.

You do not need to provide any additional evidence.

Referees or judges

You can apply if you are coming to New Zealand to referee or judge sports events, shows, displays or exhibitions.

You must provide an invitation or schedule of events showing how long you will be in New Zealand.

In addition you must also provide evidence you have enough money to support yourself while you are in New Zealand.

Dance and music examiners

You can apply if you are coming to New Zealand as a dance and music examiner from a recognised international teaching institution.

You must provide an invitation or schedule of events that sets out how long you will be in New Zealand.

In addition you must also provide evidence you have enough money to support yourself while you are in New Zealand.

Installers or servicers of specialised machinery or equipment supplied by an overseas company

You can apply if you are coming to New Zealand to install or service specialised machinery or equipment supplied by an overseas company — if installing or servicing the equipment in New Zealand is a condition of purchase. You must provide a copy of the purchase order which shows this condition.

In addition you must also provide evidence you have enough money to support yourself while you are in New Zealand.

Sports players and professional sports coaches

You can apply if you are a sports player or professional sports coach taking up a paid position in a New Zealand sports club.

You must provide: 

  • evidence of a job offer
  • a completed Employer Supplementary Form (INZ 1113)
  • evidence of the terms of the engagement with the club, if you are not a professional player.

Employer Supplementary Form (INZ 1113) PDF 388KB

People working in the entertainment industry

You can apply for an Entertainers Work Visa if you are coming to New Zealand to work on public or private performances,

films or video production as an:

  • entertainer
  • performing artist
  • film and video production crew, or
  • associated support personnel.

Philippines nurses seeking occupational registration

You can apply if you are a Philippines nurse coming to New Zealand to get occupational registration.

You must provide: 

  • evidence of a job offer from a District Health Board
  • a completed Employer Supplementary Form (INZ 1113)
  • evidence of acceptance for the Nursing Council's Competence Assessment Programme.

Employer Supplementary Form (INZ 1113) PDF 388KB

Critical workers with a Critical Purpose Visitor Visa

You can apply if you are a critical worker who has a Critical Purpose Visitor Visa (CPVV).

To apply you must be a critical health worker or other critical worker and:

  • hold a CPVV with a duration of 12 months
  • the main person, or principal applicant, who applied for the CPVV
  • paid at least the median wage
  • working in the same job and for the same employer approved in your CPVV application.

Wage rate requirements for visas

You must not be a deep sea or deep-water fishing crew member, or a seafarer.

When you apply for your Specific Purpose Work Visa you need to provide a letter from your employer saying you are:

  • in the same job your CPVV was for, and
  • on the same, or better, conditions we approved in your CPVV application.

When you apply online, select “Specific Purpose or Event” from the options and “other” for the type of Specific Purpose.

If your Specific Purpose Work Visa is granted you:

  • can continue to work in your current job for up to 3 years, including time already spent on your CPVV
  • cannot apply for another Specific Purpose Work Visa one when this on ends
  • can support a work visa for your partner.

Partner of a Worker Work Visa

Any other specific purpose or event

You can apply if you need to come to New Zealand for any other specific purpose or event you have demonstrated the skills, expertise or attributes for:

  • which are likely to benefit individuals or New Zealand, and
  • where there is no risk of a negative impact on opportunities for New Zealanders.

You must provide:

  • evidence of the specific purpose or event that you will be undertaking in New Zealand
  • evidence that satisfies an immigration officer that the nature of the work or the circumstances surrounding the work are such that it is not possible or appropriate for a New Zealand citizen or resident to take up the work
  • if you will be employed in New Zealand, evidence of a job offer and a completed Employer Supplementary Form (INZ 1113).

Employer Supplementary Form (INZ 1113) PDF 388KB

In addition you must also provide evidence you have enough money to support yourself while you are in New Zealand.

How long you can stay

How long you can stay in New Zealand on a Specific Purpose Work Visa depends on the event or specific purpose you need to complete.

How long you can stay on a Specific Purpose Work Visa

Applying for another Specific Purpose Work Visa

If you already have a Specific Purpose Work Visa, you may be able to apply for another one in some situations.

How long you can stay on a Specific Purpose Work Visa