New Zealand Work Visa


New Zealand Work Visa

New Zealand work visas for skilled workers under Talent Accredited Employer or Talent LTSSL category or Essential Skills Work visa provide pathway or a step towards securing residence Visa. Securing skilled job offer from a NZ employer is a pre-requisite to apply for these skilled work visas. Partners of certain work visa holders may qualify for open work visa while dependent children may qualify for student or visitor visa.

TALENT WORK VISAS

The following wok visas are available under Talent work visa policy:

  1. Talent (Accredited Employer) Work Visa
  2. Talent (Long Term Skills Shortage List) Work Visa
  3. Talent (Arts, Culture, Sports) Work Visa

Accredited Employer and LTSSL work visas are valid for 30 months and can apply for residence visa under Residence from Work visa policy after working for approved employer, in approved occupation, at approved salary for 24 months.

Talent (Arts, Culture, Sports) visa is also valid for 30 months and provides pathway to residence after 2 years of actively engaged in the relevant field.

ESSENTIAL SKILLS WORK VISA

Essential Skills Work visa is for skilled workers with job offer from New Zealand employer:

  1. having approval in principle to recruit overseas workers; or
  2. providing evidence that no suitable New Zealand workers are available; or
  3. in an occupation on any of New Zealand's Essential Skills in Demand List (Regional Skill Shortage List, Construction and Infrastructure Skill Shortage List).

Essential skills work visa is valid for 12 months to 5 years depending upon the skill level of the job. Essential skills work visa provides a step towards gaining residence under Skilled Migrant Category.

POST STUDY WORK VISA

International students having completed an acceptable qualification in New Zealand may qualify for post-study work visa for upto 3 years depending upon the qualification level and where they studied. This is an open work visa, does not require job offer to be granted and visa holders can work for any employer in any position. For details visit https://www.kaimah.co.nz/students/post-study-work-visa-new-zealand.

OPEN VISAS FOR PARTNERS AND DEPENDANT CHILDREN

Partners and dependant children of:

  1. student visa holders studying in New Zealand for Level 7 or 8 qualification on the LTSSL or any qualification at Level 9 or 10; or
  2. work visa holders having Talent or Essential Skills work visa.

Partners may qualify for open work visa and can work for any employer in any position. Dependent children may qualify for student visa or visitor visa depending on their age. Partners and dependent children visas are valid for the duration of their partner's work or student visa.

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