Vietnam Special Work Visa

You can apply for this visa if you are a citizen of Vietnam and have been offered work in New Zealand as a chef or engineering professional. You must also be qualified for the role you have been offered.

Length of stay
Up to

3 years

Quota
Each year

200

Cost
From
NZD $700
Processing time
80% within
6 weeks
With this visa you can
  • Come to New Zealand to work as a chef or engineering professional.
  • Study for up to 3 months in any 12-month period.
Things to note
  • At any one time, under the Vietnam Special Work Instructions, New Zealand can have 100 Vietnamese chefs and 100 Vietnamese engineering professionals.
  • 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.

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 Vietnam passport.

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

  • current utility bills
  • recent pay slips.
Tips

If you’re already in New Zealand on a Vietnam Special Work Category visa and you’re applying for another visa under this category for the balance of the 3 year maximum, it’s OK to apply while in New Zealand.

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

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

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

  • a description of the work you’ll be doing as a chef or engineering professional
  • your employer’s name and contact details
  • details of your pay and other conditions of your employment
  • your working hours
  • the length of your contract
  • details of any qualifications, experience or occupational registration you’ll need to do the work.

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

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

If you’re an engineering professional, your job offer must be assessed as ANZSCO Skill Level 1.

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

If you’re a registered nurse, we don’t use ANZSCO to assess the skill level of your job offer.
For more information about the ANZSCO, visit:
Australian Bureau of Statistics

You must have a qualification or practical work experience relevant to your New Zealand job offer as a chef.

Your evidence may include a certified copy of:

  • your qualification
  • a letter from your current or previous employer(s) explaining the work you’ve done for them.
Tips

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

You must provide a certified copy of either:

  • a bachelor’s degree (level 7 or above) and registration on the International Professional Engineers Register or Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) Engineers Register
  • a Washington Accord accredited engineering degree.
Tips

Overseas qualifications are assessed for their equivalence to New Zealand qualifications by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA).

For more information on the NZQA, visit:

New Zealand Qualifications Authority

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 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.

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 on a Vietnam Special Work Category visa for 3 years, you can only apply for another Vietnam Special Work Category visa after you’ve been outside of New Zealand for 3 years.