Care Workforce Work to Residence Visa

Apply for this visa if you currently work for, or have a job offer from, an accredited employer, and you have worked in a care workforce role for 24 months.

Length of stay

Indefinitely

Age range

55 or younger

Cost
From
NZD $4290
With this visa you can
  • Live, work and study in New Zealand.
  • Include your partner and dependent children aged 24 or younger in your visa application.
Things to note
  • At the time you apply you must be working for, or have a job offer from, an accredited employer.
  • Your employment must be full-time, and permanent or fixed-term for at least 12 months.
  • You must have worked in New Zealand for 24 months, in a care workforce role that paid you NZD$28.25 an hour or more (or the equivalent salary).
  • If your partner or children have visas to study, work or visit based on their relationship to you, you must include them in your application.
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What you need to apply

Check if you are eligible to apply for this visa and what supporting documents and information you need to provide.

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Prove your identity by providing:

Acceptable photos for a visa or NZeTA

After you apply, we let you know if we need to see your original passport.

Providing your passport for online applications

Tips

You must also provide your Kartu Keluarga.

If you are not a French national, you must provide a copy of your carte d’assuré.

You must also provide a copy of your livret de famille.

If you cannot provide a copy of your birth certificate, we can accept your identity card as proof of your identity, as long as you did not provide your birth certificate because of the cost or how long it would take to get.

If you are a Filipino citizen leaving the Philippines, your passport must be valid for 6 months after the date you plan to leave. This is a departure requirement in the Philippines.

Also provide your:

  • Hukou (household registration book)
  • Chinese identity card.

If you, or anyone else included in your application, are aged 17 or older you must provide a police certificate from:

  • all the countries you are a citizen of, and
  • any other country you have stayed in for 12 months or more over the last 10 years, even if it was not all in the same stay.

How to get a police certificate

Good character for residence visas

Tips

Police certificates must be less than 6 months old at the time you apply.

You, and your partner if they are included in your application, need to show us you have an acceptable standard of health.

Acceptable standard of health criteria for visa approvals

This means you, and anyone else included in your application, must complete a chest X-ray and medical examination.

Who needs an X-ray or medical examination

The panel physician will prepare a medical certificate detailing the results of the examination and send it to us. It must be no more than 3 months old when you apply for your visa.

Getting an X-ray or medical examination

If you have provided medical certificates to us before and those certificates were issued within the last 3 years, you may not need to provide them again.

Health of your children

Dependent children aged 24 or younger included in your application must get a full general medical examination, but if they are:

  • aged 10 or younger, they must get a medical examination, but do not need a chest X-ray unless we or your panel physician ask for one
  • 11 to 14 years old, they must get a medical examination and a chest X-ray, but only need a blood test if we or your panel physician ask for one.

We check your identity documents — for example, your passport — to confirm your age.

Provide documents — like marriage and birth certificates — that prove your relationship to your partner and dependent children aged 24 or younger.

Partnership

Dependent children

If your partner or dependent children already have, or are applying for, a work, student or visitor visa based on their relationship to you, you must include them in your residence application.

There are 2 ways to show us you speak and understand English – through:

  • your citizenship, where you studied and the qualifications you gained
  • English language tests.

The results of your English language test must:

  • meet the minimum score we set
  • be no more than 2 years old when you apply.

Find out about the citizenship requirements, the evidence needed for study and qualifications, or the test results required:

English language requirements for skilled residence visas

Note

When we assess your application, we may ask for more evidence of your ability to speak and understand English. If we do, you may have to sit a test and send us the results.

There are 3 ways your partner or dependent children aged 16 or older can show us they speak English – through:

  • their citizenship, where they studied and the qualifications they gained
  • English language tests
  • paying for English language lessons.

The results of their English language test must:

  • meet the minimum score we set
  • be no more than 2 years old when you apply.

Find out about the requirements around citizenship, study and qualifications, the test results required, and how to buy English language lessons:

English language requirements for skilled residence visas

Note

We may ask for more proof of your family's ability to speak English to support your application. If we do, they may have to sit a test and send us the results.

We check our records to confirm that, for the full 24 months before you apply, you held:

  • 1 or more work visas
  • a Critical Purpose Visitor Visa that allowed you to work, or
  • an Interim Visa which we gave you when you:
    • applied for another work visa, or
    • a Critical Purpose Visitor Visa that allowed you to work.

Visas that allow you to work

Critical Purpose Visitor Visa

Interim Visa

The documents you can provide include:

  • previous or current employment agreements
  • job contracts
  • a summary of income from Inland Revenue.
Note

If you provided these documents with your most recent work visa application only provide them again if something like your pay and conditions have changed since you applied for your work visa.

Things an employment agreement must contain — Employment New Zealand

Request a summary of income — Inland Revenue

When we assess your application, we may ask for more evidence such as bank statements or pay slips showing your salary payments.

Your job

You must have worked in New Zealand in a full-time care workforce role as a:

  • Māori Health Assistant — Kaiawhina (Hauora)
  • Disabilities Services Officer
  • Residential Care Officer
  • Aged or Disabled Carer
  • Nursing Support Worker
  • Personal Care Assistant
  • Therapy Aide
  • Child or Youth Residential Care Assistant, or
  • Diversional Therapist.

If your role is removed from the care workforce list after you start working, your time in that role still counts towards your 24 months.

You must also have been paid NZD$28.25 an hour or more (or the equivalent salary).

Calculating 24 months' work

You must have worked in a care workforce role for at least 24 months in the 30 months before you apply. You can start counting your 24 months' work any time on or after 29 September 2021.

To make up the 24 months you can:

  • have been working in care workforce roles for 24 months
  • count annual, bereavement or other leave you are legally entitled to, such as parental leave
  • complete it in several stretches — for example, you could work for 2 lots of 12 months with a gap of 6 months in between
  • work for some of the time in a role that is not in the care workforce, but it must be:
    • in Tier 2 of our Green List of in-demand roles
    • a transport sector role, or
    • a role that paid at least twice the median wage.

Green list roles

Transport Work to Residence Visa

Documents you can provide include:

  • an employment agreement
  • a fixed-term contract
  • a letter offering you a job and describing your role, hours of work, length of employment and what you will be paid.
Note

If you provided these documents with your most recent work visa application only provide them again if something like your pay and conditions have changed since you applied for your work visa.

Things an employment agreement must contain — Employment New Zealand

Your job

Your job must be:

  • full-time
  • paid NZD$28.25 an hour or more (or the equivalent salary)
  • permanent, or fixed-term for at least 12 months.

Process and costs

The information below will help you understand the process, timeframes and costs involved in applying for this visa, so you can plan ahead and have the best chance of submitting a complete application.

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How to submit

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Conditions

These are the conditions that you must meet once you have your visa.

Work

After we approve your visa, you can work in any role for any employer in New Zealand.

Study

You can study anywhere in New Zealand for any length of time.

Travel

You can travel in and out of New Zealand as often as you like until your travel conditions expire — normally 2 years from the date you first arrive in New Zealand as a resident.

Alert

If you are outside New Zealand when your travel conditions expire, your visa will expire as well.

 

To travel in and out of New Zealand after your travel conditions expire, you need to apply for:

  • a variation to your travel conditions, or
  • a Permanent Resident Visa.

Extending the travel conditions of a resident visa

Resident to permanent resident