Student and Trainee Work Visa

This visa is for students and trainees who want to get practical work experience in their field. This can include, but is not limited to religious trainees, dental or medical trainees and apprentice jockeys.

Length of stay

See below

Age range
Jockeys must be aged

16 or over

Cost
From
NZD $700
Processing time
80% within
5 weeks
With this visa you can
  • Stay for up to 6 months if you are medical or dental trainee.
  • Stay for up to 6 months if you are a student undertaking practical training.
  • Stay for up to 36 months if you are a religious trainee.
  • Stay for up to 4 years if you are an apprentice jockey.
  • Do practical work experience to complete a study or training requirement.
  • Complete a formal religious training programme or apprenticeship as a jockey.
  • Do practical dental or medical training.
Things to note
  • If you'll be studying for more than 3 months at a tertiary education institute, you should apply for a student visa instead.
  • 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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  • 1 acceptable photo if you apply online, or 2 photos if you use a paper application form.
  • your passport or certificate of identity.

Acceptable photos

If you apply online, you must upload a copy of your passport when you apply. We will let you know if you need to send your passport after you have applied.

Providing your passport for online applications

If you submit a paper application, provide your original passport or a certified copy.  We can usually process your application faster if you provide your original passport.

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.

Please also provide a copy of your carte d’assuré.

Also provide a copy of your Identity card.

Also provide your:

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

If you are a citizen of China and you submit a paper application form in China, you must also complete a supplementary form.

Supplementary form for Chinese citizens (INZ 1027) PDF 338KB

If you are submitting a paper application form, you must provide a supplementary form for Hong Kong and Macao visitors, workers and students.

Supplementary form for Hong Kong and Macao visitors, workers and students (INZ 1220) PDF 240KB

We may ask you to have a chest x-ray, a medical examination or both as proof of your good health.

If you are staying less than:

  • 6 months you do not normally need a chest x-ray. 
  • 12 months you do not normally need a medical certificate. 

Who needs an x-ray or medical examination

When we process your application we let you know if we need you to have a chest x-ray or medical examination.

Acceptable standard of health criteria for visa approvals

Please only provide medical certificates if requested

Tips

You must provide a chest x-ray completed in the last 3 months, even if you've provided one to us previously, if:

  • you have spent 6 consecutive months in China since the last x-ray certificate was issued, and
  • you are now coming to NZ for more than 6 months.

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.

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 have at least NZD $1,000 per month, or NZD $400 per month if you’ve already paid for your accommodation.

Evidence can include:

  • proof of accommodation pre-payment, like hotel pre-paid vouchers or receipts
  • bank statements
  • credit card statements
  • bank drafts
  • travellers’ cheques
  • a 'Sponsorship Form for Temporary Entry' completed by an acceptable sponsor.
If you are sponsored:

Your sponsor must provide evidence they can look after you in New Zealand. Evidence can include:

  • recent bank statements
  • pay slips
  • employment agreement
  • accommodation ownership or payment of rent.

Criteria and process to become a sponsor

What sponsors must do while you are in New Zealand

Tips

If you are pregnant, there are additional requirements.

Paying for maternity care

If you’re a religious trainee or an apprentice jockey, you don’t need to meet these requirements.

To meet the requirements, you must provide evidence:

  • your work experience is directly related to your study or training
  • your education provider supports your work experience 
  • you have a written offer of work from a New Zealand education provider or employer 
  • you have enough money to live on while you’re in New Zealand or have an acceptable sponsor (see ‘Funds or sponsorship’).
Tips

If you’re a religious trainee, medical or dental trainee or an apprentice jockey, you don’t need to meet these requirements.

To meet the requirements, you must provide evidence:

  • you have a place on a formal religious training programme in New Zealand – you’ll need to provide written confirmation of your place
  • the religious organisation providing your training will sponsor will you – they’ll need to complete a ‘Sponsorship Form for Religious Workers’ and be eligible to sponsor you.

For your sponsoring organisation to be eligible, it must:

  • be registered as a charity with Charities Services
  • show us that its main purpose is to advance religion
  • have been providing religious training for 5 years or more
  • be able to meet the requirements for acceptable sponsors, including having the ability to provide you with accommodation, financial support and help to return home, if you need it. They’ll need to agree to this when they complete the ‘Sponsorship Form for Religious Workers’.

What sponsors must do – responsibilities and obligations

Charities Services

Sponsorship Form for Religious Workers (INZ1190) PDF 300KB

Tips

You can’t be an ‘officer’ or a ‘nominated person’ of the religious organisation that sponsors you.

If you’re granted a Student and Trainee Work Visa, you’ll only be able to work for the religious organisation that’s providing your training.

To meet the requirements, you must provide evidence:

  • you’re qualified and experienced 
  • have an offer of practical training work from a New Zealand hospital
  • you have enough money to live on while you’re in New Zealand or have an acceptable sponsor (see ‘funds or sponsorship’).
Tips

You won’t be eligible for this visa if you already have a student or visitor visa.

To meet the requirements, you must provide evidence:

  • you have an offer from a New Zealand trainer to take up an apprenticeship, eg an  employment agreement or letter of offer
  • your trainer will cover the cost of your return home, if you don’t complete the apprenticeship – we’ll need their written guarantee. This may be included in your employment agreement or provided separately
  • New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Incorporated agrees to meet the cost of your accommodation and living costs while you’re in New Zealand – you’ll need to provide their written guarantee.

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 paper arrival card or a digital traveller declaration. If you are completing a paper arrival card you will be given this on the way to New Zealand.

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 do not meet our character requirements
  • your circumstances have changed since you were granted a visa
  • you refuse to let us take your photo or to provide us with your fingerprints or an iris scan, if asked for them
  • you are unable to provide evidence of any onward travel or funds required by the conditions of your visa.

If you are refused entry to New Zealand

Before you travel to New Zealand

Funds or sponsorship

You must have enough money to live on while you’re in New Zealand or a sponsor.

Notes

We may ask for evidence when you arrive in New Zealand.

If you don’t need to provide evidence, we’ll record it on your visa label.

Work (Religious trainees)

You can only work for the organisation providing your religious training.

Work (Practical work experience, dental and medical trainees)

You can only work for the education provider or employer doing the practical work experience or training that was the basis of your visa application.

Study

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

Notes

If you want to study for longer than this you’ll need to apply for a student visa.

Visa expiry

You must leave New Zealand before your visa expires.

Notes

If you’re a religious trainee, you may be able to apply for another Student and Trainee Work Visa.

Other trainees and students may be able to apply for a Work Visa.