New Zealand Work Visa

Work Visa

Work visas provide a pathway or a step towards securing resident visa for workers with skilled job offer, wishing to settle in New Zealand. Call us now or submit Visa Enquiry Form, if you have a job offer and wish to apply for work visa under any of the following categories:


If you are a skilled worker, have a job offer from an accredited employer in New Zealand on an annual salary of at least $79,560 and meet the policy requirements, you could apply for Talent (Accredited Employer) work visa under Work to Residence visa policy. This visa is valid for 30 months and provides pathway to securing resident visa under Residence From Work visa policy after working for the accredited employer for 24 months.


Skilled workers having job offer from a New Zealand employer in one of the occupations on the Long Term Skill Shortage List and both you and your employer meet policy requirements, may qualify for this visa valid for 30 months. This visa also provides pathway to residence under Residence From Work policy and you can apply for resident visa after working with the employer for 24 months.


Those with exceptional talent in the field of arts, culture or sport, supported by a New Zealand organisation of repute in their field and sponsored by an eligible sponsor may qualify for this visa. This visa is also valid for 30 months and provides pathway to residence after 2 years of being actively engaged in the relevant field. The bar for this visa to be granted is set very high and this visa is seldom granted.


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

  1. who has approval in principle to recruit overseas workers; or
  2. who can prove that no suitable New Zealand workers are available; or
  3. in an occupation on either Long Term Skill Shortage or Regional Skill Shortage or Construction and Infrastructure Skill Shortage List.

The visa duration ranges between 12 months for lower-skilled employment to 5 years for high-skilled employment. Maximum stay for lower-skilled employment is 36 months after which they are subjected to 12 months stand-down period. There is no maximum stay condition for those on mid-skilled and high-skilled employment and they can renew their visas and stay in New Zealand any number of times, as long as they have the job offer.

Essential Skills Work visa provides a step towards gaining residence under Skilled Migrant Category as skilled employment in New Zealand scores 50 to 80 points thus increasing your points score.


International students having completed an acceptable qualification in New Zealand qualify for post-study work visa for 1 year to 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


Partners and dependant child(ren) of:

  1. student visa holders studying in New Zealand for Level 7 or 8 qualification on the Long Term Skills Shortage List or any qualification at Level 9 or 10; or
  2. work visa holders having work visa in mid-skilled or high-skilled employment valid for more than 6 months.

may qualify for temporary work visa to join their partner, parent in New Zealand. Partners must be in a genuine and stable relationship and supported by their partner in New Zealand. Partners will be granted work visa for the duration of their partner's visa but can apply for another work visa or visitor visa or resident visa if they qualify. Child(ren) will be granted student visa or visitor visa depending upon their age.


We provide comprehensive immigration and case management service at competitive fees. Call, email or submit Visa Enquiry Form if you have job offer from an accredited employer or in an occupation on the skill shortage list and wish to apply for work visa under any of the afore-mentioned work visa policies.

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