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W2.15 Funds requirements

See also Immigration Act 2009 ss 48, 55

See also Immigration (Visa, Entry Permission, and Related Matters) Regulations 2010 reg 10, 11, 12, schedule 1

  1. Unless specifically stated otherwise, applicants for work visas are required to provide:
    1. a proposed salary that an immigration officer considers sufficient to cover maintenance and accommodation; or
    2. a guarantee of maintenance and accommodation by their employer for the currency of the visa; or
    3. sufficient funds for maintenance and accommodation for the currency of the visa; or
    4. sponsorship by a relative or friend in New Zealand (see E6).
  2. Officers with schedule 2 delegations and above are authorised to waive the requirement for evidence of funds or sponsorship.

W2.15.1 Evidence of sufficient funds

Evidence of sufficient funds includes but is not limited to:

  • cash;
  • New Zealand bank accounts showing the current balance;
  • travellers' cheques;
  • bank drafts;
  • recognised credit cards with sufficient credit available;
  • for group visas, certification from a reputable travel agency.

W2.15.5 Sufficient funds for maternity health services

In addition to W2.15(a) pregnant applicants for a work visa who are due to give birth while in New Zealand must provide evidence that they:

  1. have funds of at least NZ$9,000 available to pay for maternity health services; or
  2. have sponsorship by a person, which meets generic sponsorship requirements set out at E6.5, to cover maternity health services; or
  3. are eligible for publicly-funded maternity health services.

Effective 21/11/2011


W2.1 Who does not need to apply for a work visa

W2.2 Definitions

W2.5 Work visa streams

W2.10 Generic work visa instructions

W2.20 Onward travel requirements

W2.25 Conditions of work visas

W2.30 Travel conditions on work visas


W2.15 Funds requirements (29/11/2011)

W2.15 Funds requirements (07/11/2011)

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