after work experience
Migrating to New Zealand

New Zealand Residency After Work Experience

New Zealand offers migrants various opportunities to seek residency in New Zealand through their chosen career path. 

One of the latest pathways is known as the work to residence pathway and it allows people in certain occupations and sectors to apply for residency if they meet the criteria and work experience requirements of their chosen occupation. 

Learn more about these work to residence pathways below.

work to residency
Residency Pathway

Work to Residency in New Zealand

The New Zealand Government has created a number of residency pathways to make it easier for more types of workers to gain residency in New Zealand via their occupation and experience. 

There are three work to residence pathways, and these are:

Care Workforce Work to Residence Visa

Care workers with at least 24 months of work experience in an eligible care work role may be eligible to apply for the Care Workforce Work to Residence Visa pathway. 

In addition to work experience and relevant qualifications, applicants for this type of residency pathway must also have secured a role or a job offer from an Accredited Employer in New Zealand too. 

For more information about the Care Workforce Work to Residence Pathway, click here

Transport Work to Residence Visa

Skilled transport workers in certain occupations within the transport sector may be eligible to apply for residency under the Transport Work to Residence Visa Pathway in New Zealand. 

Applicants may have to meet role specific criteria, as well as have at least 24 months of experience in working in an eligible role in New Zealand to be eligible for this type of residency pathway. 

It is also a requirement that the applicant must have a role with or a job offer from an Accredited Employer in New Zealand. 

Learn more about the Transport Work to Residence Pathway here

Highly Paid Residence Visa

Migrants who earn at least twice the New Zealand median wage are being recognised for both their skills and financial contributions to New Zealand and are now eligible for the Highly Paid Residence Visa pathway through Skilled Migrant Category Visa. 

Applicants must not only earn at least twice the New Zealand median wage, but they must also have been working and receiving this wage for at least 24 months in New Zealand. 

Additional criteria, including having a job offer or already working in a job from an Accredited Employer must be met before applying for this type of residency visa. 

You can learn more about the Highly Paid Residence Pathway here.

Immigration chambers team

How Immigration Chambers Can Help

Immigration law can be complex and overwhelming, but here at Immigration Chambers, we’re here to make understanding your options and securing the right New Zealand visa for you a lot easier. 

Our team of immigration specialists include accredited immigration lawyers and licensed immigration advisers who are not only vastly experienced in all manner of immigration law matters but are also well versed in the latest immigration laws and restrictions for New Zealand. 

When you’re looking to come to New Zealand on a Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa, we can help you by ensuring you do have the right qualifications and skills that allow you to submit and EOI, we can also help to ensure that you have provided all of the right information and avoid making costly mistakes. 

We can also help to ensure that this is the right visa option for you. There are lots of different options that makes immigrating to New Zealand possible, so we will listen to you to understand your situation – making sure you achieve the right visa for you. 

Why Choose IC Legal for New Zealand Immigration matters?

Here’s why people choose IC Legal for assistance with immigration and visas for New Zealand:

An easier process - New Zealand

We make the process easier

Immigration and visa matters are often complex but we’re here to take the stress and confusion out of the process and ensure that you have the right information for your situation.

Expert Advice - New Zealand

Expert Advice

Our team is made up of qualified immigration experts – both immigration lawyers and immigration advisers. Our knowledge is up-to-date and accurate.

Exceptional Results - New Zealand

Exceptional results

We pride ourselves on being able to advise businesses and individuals on all aspects of immigration law and ensure that our advice leads to successful outcomes.

Clear Communication - New Zealand

Clear communication

We will always keep you up to date with the latest news and any changes to policies and laws that could impact your visa application.

Frequently Asked Questions


Contact us today for an initial enquiry

We are New Zealand’s largest and most experienced team of licensed immigration advisers. Our experts will take away the stress and worry of navigating the complicated world of immigration. All you need to do is get in touch. Our team is on standby, ready to help.

    * Required Fields

    Feedback From Our Clients

    To be effective in this age of globalisation your business needs expertise to ensure your employees get the right visa as quickly as possible. We offer a full range of services.

    “I would highly recommend Immigration Chambers for its quality service and reasonable fees. I found Shiv and David very cooperative and Proactive. I am very happy with the results I have received for my partnership Visa. The whole process was stress free and very smooth. I wish all the best for the whole team 👍🏻.”
    Tenji Dolma
    Tenji Dolma
    I highly recommend the Immigration Chamber for the quality of their work!! Thanks to Valerie I got my student visa in record time. Her availability, her follow-up and her dedication have made a real difference for me. If I have one more thing to tell you all is that if you have any kinds of request regarding immigration, do not hesitate and contact them!!
    Guillaume Mallet
    Guillaume Mallet
    “I am very grateful to the Immigration Chambers for their help with my difficult case, they did everything professionally, on time and we are happy with the result. Will recommend for sure !)”
    Angelika Sigaenko
    Angelika Sigaenko
    “I highly recommend David and his team. My partner got visa after 2 year waiting. We received PPI, IC helped us solve it. They are very professional and friendly. Excellent service.”
    Sammanuel Nguyen
    Sammanuel Nguyen
    “Our residency has finally been approved recently and it’s a big relief after 26 months waiting in uncertianty. Thanks for the very honest and professional services from Immigration Chambers, especially Wilson, my main contact. He was very caring and guided us through this difficult journey. Really appreciated!”
    Jane Guo
    Jane Guo