Republic of Korea Special Work Visa

You can apply for this visa if you are a citizen of the Republic of Korea and qualified to work in a Republic of Korea Special Work occupation.

Length of stay
Up to

3 years

Quota
Each year

50 for each occupation

Cost
From
NZD $700
Processing time
80% within
6 weeks
With this visa you can
Things to note
  • The length of your stay will depend on the length of your job offer.
  • If you’re granted a visa for less than 3 years, you can apply for another visa for the balance of the time while in New Zealand. You’ll need to continue to meet all of the criteria to be granted another visa.
  • You can't 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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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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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.

Tips

Your passport must be valid for at least 3 months after you plan to leave New Zealand.

If you have a criminal conviction or are a security risk to New Zealand we may not be able to grant you a visa.

Good character for temporary visas

You must provide police certificates if your total time in New Zealand will be 24 months or longer across all visits. This includes any time you have spent in New Zealand in the past on other visas, even if you have been out of the country since then.

You also must provide police certificates if we ask for them.

If you are 16 years old or younger you do not need to provide police certificates.

Providing police certificates

How to get a police certificate

If you have already sent us Police Certificates with a previous visa application and they are less than 24 months old, you do not need to send them again.

Police certificates must be less than 6 months old when you submit your application. They must be from any country you are a citizen of, or have spent more than 5 years in since you turned 17.

Tips

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.

When we decide if your intentions are genuine, we consider all the information:

  • you provide to support your application
  • we have about your personal circumstances, and
  • you provided in any previous applications.

Genuine intentions to visit, study or work in NZ

You must provide a valid Republic of Korea passport.

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

  • current utility bills
  • recent pay slips.
Tips

If you’re already in New Zealand on a Republic of Korea Special Work Visa and you’re applying for another visa for the balance of the 3 years, it’s OK for you to apply while in New Zealand.

Any documents that prove you live in your country of citizenship permanently. Examples include:

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

You must provide a copy of your employment agreement, which must detail:

  • the occupation that you’ll be working in that’s considered special work under the  Republic of Korea Special Work Instructions
  • your employer’s name and contact details
  • details of your pay and other conditions of your employment
  • your working hours, which must be full-time
  • the length of your contract
  • details of any qualifications or experience you’ll need to do the work.

Republic of Korea special work occupations
Employment agreements and rights

The evidence you must provide depends on the occupation you will be working in, in New Zealand.

 Qualifications for Republic of Korea Special Work

If you’ve been offered work as a veterinarian, you must provide us with a certified copy of your registration with the Veterinary Council of New Zealand. 

Occupational registration

Tips

For more information about registration with the Veterinary Council of New Zealand, visit: 

www.vetcouncil.org.nz

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.

Entry permission

You must apply for entry permission when you arrive in New Zealand. You can do this by completing a digital New Zealand traveller declaration (NZTD), or an NZTD paper declaration.

New Zealand Customs and Biosecurity also check that you meet their entry requirements.

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.

Visa expiry

You must leave New Zealand before your visa expires.

Notes

If you wish, you can apply for another Republic of Korea Special Work Visa after your visa expires. You’ll need to been outside of New Zealand for 3 years before you can apply.