Temporary Work Visa

If you are looking to live and work in New Zealand, we can help you identify the right visa option and understand the requirements you need to satisfy in order to apply for New Zealander permanent residence. Engaging our services at the start of the application process will save you time and money.

If you want to travel or work in New Zealand, you will need a visa that suits your circumstances.

People with visas already in New Zealand might be able to work. You might also have restrictions on type of work, employer, where and how long you can work. It is important that you check the conditions of your work visa carefully before you decide to undertake any employment. 

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Types Of New Zealand Work Visa

The following types of New Zealand work visas are currently available:

ESSENTIAL SKILLS WORK VISA

This type of visa is for individuals that have received an offer of employment to work in New Zealand. 

Eligibility:

In order to be eligible for this type of visa, applicants need to have received an offer of employment to work in New Zealand and that their prospective employer has made genuine attempts to recruit New Zealand citizens or residents before offering them the employment and that such New Zealanders were not available to take up the job. Prospective employers are deemed to have made unsuccessful genuine attempts to hire New Zealanders if the job is included in any of the New Zealand skill shortage list and the applicant meets all associated requirements.

Duration of an Essential Skills Work temporary visa:

The duration of an Essential Skills work visa depends on the duration of the offered employment, its skill level and the proposed remuneration. An Essential Skills Work visa based on an offer of permanent employment of medium skill level, paid between $ 21.25 and $37.50 dollars per hour, will be normally issued for a period of 3 years. An Essential Skills work visa based on an offer of low skilled employment paid between $21.25 and 37.50 dollars per hour will be issued for one year only.  Essential Skills Work visas based on offer of high skill level employment paid between $ 21.25 and 37.50 dollars per hour, or based of an offer of skilled employment of any level paid more than $ 37.50 per hour will be issued for a period of 5 up to years. 

WORK TO RESIDENCE TALENT (ARTS, CULTURE AND SPORT) WORK VISA

Eligibility:

In order to be eligible for this type of visa, applicants need to be 55 years old or younger, have exceptional talent in a declared field of art, culture or sport and be supported by a New Zealand organisation of national repute in their declared field.

Duration of a Talent Work temporary visa:

A Talent (Arts, Culture and Sport) Work to Residence Work Visa is normally issued for 30 months, but after 24 months allows the visa holder to apply for a subsequent residence visa.

WORK TO RESIDENCE LONG TERM SKILL SHORTAGE LIST WORK VISA

Eligibility:

In order to be eligible for this type of visa, applicants need to be 55 years old or younger, hold an offer of employment in an occupation included in the LTSSL and meet all the requirements associated with that occupation in the LTSSL.

Duration of a Talent Work temporary visa:

A Long term Shortage List Work to Residence Work Visa is normally issued for 30 months, but after 24 months allows the visa holder to apply for a subsequent residence visa.

WORK TO RESIDENCE TALENT (ACCREDITED EMPLOYER) WORK VISA

Eligibility:

In order to be eligible for this type of visa, applicants need to be 55 years old or younger and hold an offer of employment by an accredited employer in the core area of business of the employer, for a permanent position (or at least 24 months) and be offered a remuneration of $79.000 per annum or more.

Duration of a Talent Work temporary visa:

A Talent (Accredited Employer) Work to Residence Work Visa is normally issued for 30 months, but after 24 months allows the visa holder to apply for a subsequent residence visa.

SPECIFIC PURPOSE OR EVENT WORK VISA

Eligibility:

In order to be eligible for this type of visa, applicants need to be in New Zealand to complete a specific purpose event including:

  • Short-term secondments
  • Businesspeople being transferred
  • Businesspeople in New Zealand for more than 3 months
  • Principal applicants of an Investor Residence visa investigating investment opportunities
  • Principal applicants applying for an Entrepreneur Residence Visa
  • Referees or judges
  • Dance and music examiners
  • Installers or servicers of specialised machinery or equipment supplied by an overseas company
  • Sports players and professional sports coaches
  • People working in the entertainment industry
  • Philippines nurses seeking occupational registration
  • Any other specific purpose or event

Duration of a Specific purpose or Event Work temporary visa:

A Specific Purpose or Event Work Visa an have different duration depending on the reason it was issued for (normally between 3 and 12 months).

SUPPLEMENTARY SEASONAL EMPLOYER WORK VISA

Eligibility:

Applicants must be the holder of a valid visitor or student visa, be onshore and have the intention to perform employment for a SSE approved employer to plant, maintain, harvest or pack in the horticulture or viticulture industry when the Minister of Social Development declares a shortage of workers in this industry in defined areas of New Zealand. 

Duration of a SSE Work Visa:

A Supplementary Seasonal Employer Work Visa is normally issued for a period of no more than 6 months.

RECOGNISED SEASONAL EMPLOYER WORK VISA

Eligibility:

Applicants must be the holder of an offer of employment to plant, maintain, harvest or pack in the horticulture or viticulture industry by a Recognised Seasonal Employer. This visa is manly intended for migrant coming from the Pacific area.

Duration of a RSE Work Visa:

A RSE Work Visa is normally issued for a period of no more than 7 months.

POST-STUDY WORK VISA

Eligibility:

Applicants must have completed a course of studies of 30 weeks or more in New Zealand for the obtainment of a level 7 qualification or a course of studies of 60 weeks or more for the obtainment of a qualification at level 4, 5 or 6 or two consecutive courses of studies of 30 weeks or more each for the obtainment of two qualifications at level 4, or 6 (the second qualification being higher than the first).

Duration of a post-study work visa:

A Post-Study Work Visa is issued:

  • for a period of 3 years for student that completed a course of studies of 30 weeks or more in New Zealand for the obtainment of a Bachelor Degree
  • for a period of 1 year for student that completed a course of studies of 30 weeks or more in New Zealand for the obtainment of a level 7 diploma or for the obtainment of a diploma l4, 5 or 6 or two diplomas at level 4, 5 or 6 in Auckland
  • for a period of 2 years for student that completed a course of studies of 30 weeks or more in New Zealand for the obtainment of a level 7 diploma or for the obtainment of a diploma l4, 5 or 6 or two diplomas at level 4, 5 or 6 outside Auckland

Partner Of A New Zealander Or Of A New Zealand Resident Visa Holder

This type of visa is for partners of New Zealanders or New Zealand Residence visa holder that want to join their New Zealand partner in New Zealand.

Eligibility:

In order to be eligible for this visa, the applicant needs to prove that he/she is living in a genuine and stable relationship with his/her New Zealand partner and that the couple is living together.

In case of periods of separations, it will be necessary that the applicants provide evidence of valid reasons for the separation and of the efforts made to reunite during the time spent apart.

 Duration of a Partner-of-a-New Zealander temporary visa 

It is important to keep in mind that he main purpose of temporary visas issued by Immigration New Zealand for partners of New Zealanders is ultimately to provide a pathway to residence under Partnership Category. For this reason, these types of visa are normally issued for a period not exceeding 24 months.

Specifically, if the couple has been living together in a genuine and stable relationship for less than 12 months, the first visa issued will not exceed 12 months. This visa can be renewed for up to 12 months if the partners wish to spend more time in New Zealand or if during the validity of the first visa an application for a Partner of a New Zealander residence visa is made.

If, at the time of application, the couple has been living together in a genuine and stable relationship for 12 months or more, the partnership visa will most likely be issued for a period of up to 24 months.

In any case, the maximum stay allowed by these temporary visa instructions is 24 months, the rationale behind this limit of duration being that this visa is supposed to be a pathway to residence.

Applicants that have not applied for a Partnership residence visa during the validity of their temporary visa, but that wish to apply for a further work or visitor visa after the maximum stay of 24 months has been reached, might do so only when compelling justifying reasons for a request for exception to instructions can be provided.

Partnership Based Visas

PARTNER OF A WORK VISA HOLDER (WORK-OPEN OR VISITOR VISA)

This type of visa is for partners of work visa holders that want to join their partners in New Zealand. 

Eligibility:

In order to be eligible for this visa, the applicant needs to prove that he/she is living in a genuine and stable relationship with the partner holding a work visa and that the couple is living together.

In case of periods of separations, it will be necessary that the applicants provide evidence of valid reasons for the separation and of the efforts made to reunite during the time spent apart.

It will also be necessary to prove that the work visa holder that is supporting the application is the holder of a 6-months visa (or of longer duration).

An applicant will be considered not eligible for this type of visa if the supporting NZ work visa holder partner:

  • Is the holder of an Essential Skills work visa assessed as low skilled
  • Is the holder of a Foreign crew of fishing vessels work visa
  • Is the holder of a Working Holiday Sheme work visa
  • Is the holder of a Recognised Seasonal Employer work visa
  • Is the holder of a Supplementary Seasonal Employer work visa
  • Is the holder of a Silver Fern Job Search Instructions work visa
  • Is the holder of a Skilled Migrant Category Job Search Instructions work visa

Duration of a Partner-of-a-Work Visa Holder temporary visa 

Partner of a worker work visas will be granted for the same period as the work visa held by the applicant’s partner.

PARTNER OF A STUDENT VISA HOLDER (WORK-OPEN OR VISITOR VISA)

Eligibility:

In order to be eligible for this visa, the applicant needs to prove that he/she is living in a genuine and stable relationship with the partner holding a student visa to study a Level 7 or 8 qualification in an area specified on the long Term Shortage List or a level 9 or 10 qualification and that the couple is living together.

In case of periods of separations, it will be necessary that the applicants provide evidence of valid reasons for the separation and of the efforts made to reunite during the time spent apart.

Duration of a Partner-of-a-Student Visa Holder temporary visa 

Partner of a student work visas will be granted for the same period as the student visa held by the applicant’s partner.

CULTURALLY ARRANGED MARRIAGE VISITOR VISA

Eligibility:

People intending to marry New Zealand citizens or residence class visa holders in New Zealand on the basis of a previously cultural arrangement, if the culture follows a culturally identified tradition, the marriage is scheduled within 3 months from arrival and there is no legal impediment to the marriage.

Duration of a Culturally Arranged Marriage Visitor visa 

Culturally arranged marriage visitor visas will be issued for a maximum period of 3 months.

VISITOR VISA FOR THE LAWFUL PURPOSE OF MARIAGE

Eligibility:

People intending to visit New Zealand to marry their New Zealand based partner when the marriage has not been arranged. This type of visa falls under the general visitor visa instruction.

Duration of a Visitor visa for the lawful purpose of marriage 

This visa is normally issued for a period not exceeding three months.

Residence Partnership Based Visas

PARTNER OF A NEW ZEALANDER RESIDENCE VISA

Eligibility:

In order to be eligible for this visa, the applicant needs to prove that he/she is living in a genuine and stable relationship with a partner that is a New Zealand resident or a New Zealand Residence visa holder and that the couple have been living together for 12 months or more.

The New Zealand partner must meet the supporting partner’s character requirements, must not have acted as a partner in more than one previous successful residence class visa application and, if acted as a partner in one successful application for a residence visa,  he/she must not have done so in the last five years. 

In case of periods of separations, it will be necessary that the applicants provide evidence of valid reasons for the separation and of the efforts made to reunite during the time spent apart.

Duration of a Partner-of-a-New Zealander Residence visa 

Partner of a New Zealander residence visa will normally be issued for an unlimited time, but with travelling conditions of two-year duration. At the end of these two years, applicants can choose if they want to extend their travel conditions or apply for a permanent resident visa.

A Partner of a New Zealander residence visa will be granted directly as a permanent resident visa if the partners have been living together in a genuine and stable relationship for 5 years or more and the New Zealand partner has been living overseas for 5 years or more at the time the application is made.

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