Indonesia Special Work Visa

Visa details

Apply for this visa if you are a citizen of Indonesia and you have a job offer as a trained chef, Halal slaughterer or Bahasa teacher’s aide.

Length of stay
Up to

3 years

Quota
Each year

Depends on occupation

Cost
From
NZD $700
Processing time
90% within
49 days
With this visa you can
  • Come to New Zealand to work as an Indonesian chef, Halal slaughterer or Bahasa teachers' aide.
  • If you are offered more work, apply for an extension to stay in New Zealand for another year, allowing a total stay of up to 4 years.
  • Study for up to 3 months in any 12-month period.
Things to note
  • At any one time, under the Indonesia Special Work Instructions, New Zealand can have 100 Indonesian chefs, 20 Halal slaughterers, 20 Bahasa teachers’ aides.
  • The length of your stay will depend on the length of your job offer.
  • If you are granted a visa for less than 3 years, you can apply for another visa for the balance of the time while in New Zealand as long you continue to meet all of the visa criteria.
  • You cannot include a partner or dependent children in your visa application, but they can apply for visas based on their relationship to you.

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Who can apply

The criteria and evidence below will provide you with the information you need to provide to meet the requirements of this visa.

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Identity

You must provide proof of your identity

You must provide proof of your identity:

Acceptable photos

You may provide your original passport, or a certified copy when you submit your application. If you provide a certified copy we may request your original passport to complete your application.

Character

You must be of good character

You may need to provide police certificates as proof of your good character.

If you are aged 17 or older and plan to stay in New Zealand for more than 24 months (including any time you have already spent in New Zealand), you must provide police certificates from:

  • any country you are a citizen of
  • any country you have spent more than 5 years in since you turned 17.

You do not need to provide police certificates if:

  • you have provided them to us with an earlier visa application, and
  • they were issued in the previous 24 months.

Good character

How to get a police certificate

Tips
  1. If you provide a police certificate that is not in English, you must provide an English translation.

    This includes police certificates that record no convictions.

ANZSCO Skill Level

The work you’ve been offered must be assessed at the appropriate ANZSCO skill level

We use the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) to assess if your job offer meets the appropriate skill level for us to grant you a visa under the Indonesia Special Work Category.

If you’re a chef, your job offer must be assessed as ANZSCO Skill Level 3.

If you’re a Halal slaughterer or a Bahasa teacher’s’ aide, your job offer must be assessed as ANZSCO Skill Level 4.

If we’re not sure about the skill level of the work you’ve been offered, we may contact you or your employer for more information.

Tips
  1. For more information about the ANZSCO skill level for your occupation, visit:
    Australian Bureau of Statistics

Citizenship

You must be a citizen of Indonesia

You must provide a valid Indonesia passport.

Tips
  1. Also provide your Kartu Keluarga.

Location

You must be living in Indonesia when you apply

Any documents that prove you are living in Indonesia now. Examples include:

  • current utility bills
  • recent pay slips.
Tips
  1. If you’re already in New Zealand on an Indonesia Special Work Category Visa and you’re applying for an extension, it’s OK for you to apply while in New Zealand.

New Zealand job offer

You must have an offer of full-time work

You must provide a copy of your employment agreement for full-time work, which must include:

  • a description of your job as an Indonesian chef, Halal slaughterer or Bahasa teacher’s aide
  • your employer’s name and contact details
  • details of the wages or salary your employer guarantees to pay
  • your working hours
  • the length of your contract.

Ordinarily resident

You must live in Indonesia permanently

Any documents that prove you live in Indonesia permanently. Examples include:

  • letters sent to your home address
  • tax records
  • references from your employer.

Qualifications and/or work experience

You must have a qualification or practical work experience relevant to the special work you’ve been offered

Your evidence may include:

  • a copy of your qualification
  • a letter from your previous employer(s) explaining the work you’ve done for them.
Tips
  1. ANZSCO sets out the qualifications and/or work experience that are relevant for your occupation.

    For more information about the work experience and/or qualifications you’ll need, visit:
    Australian Bureau of Statistics

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

Payment methods and receiving centre details if applicable.

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Conditions

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

Entry permission

You must apply for entry permission when you arrive in New Zealand. You can do this by completing an arrival card, which you are given on the way to New Zealand.

Arriving in New Zealand

Notes
  • You can be refused entry permission if:

    • you don’t meet our character requirements
    • your circumstances have changed since you were granted a visa
    • you refuse to let us to take your photo, or provide us with your fingerprints or an iris scan, if we ask you for them.

Travel

You have to come to New Zealand within 6 months of the date your visa is granted.

After you arrive in New Zealand, you can come and go from New Zealand as many times as you like before your visa expires.

Work

You may work only in the specific occupation, for the employer and in the location specified on your visa.

Study

You can study for up to 3 months in any 12-month period.

You can also do any training required by your employer as part of your employment.

Visa expiry

You must leave New Zealand before your visa expires.

Notes
  • If you’ve been in New Zealand for 3 years on an Indonesia Special Work Category Visa and you’re offered more special work, you can apply to extend your stay for another year.

    If you’ve already been in New Zealand for 4 years on an Indonesia Special Work Category Visa, you can only apply for another Indonesia Special Work Category Visa after you’ve been outside of New Zealand for 3 years.