New Zealand Work Visa and Work Permit Policy
The aim of the New Zealand Work Visa and Permit Policy is to add the development of New Zealand industry and economy by attracting skilled migrants.
On a temporary residence basis Work Visas/Permits will be granted, that is, they provide the maximum amount of time you are allowed to live and work in New Zealand.
To qualify for a New Zealand Work Visa / Permit you must:
Should be in good health and of good character;
Should have a valid passport; and
Genuinely aim to work legally in New Zealand for a limited time.
Work Visa / Permit Streams
In New Zealand In general, there are two streams of Work Visas / Permits.
- Skilled Stream
This stream has 4 broad policies and a small group of other categories which help the entry of skilled people.
- Family Stream
This enables partners of holders of Work Visas and Permits undertake temporary employment in New Zealand.
A New Zealand Work Visa will allow you to travel to New Zealand and once you arrive your Work Permit will be issued. New Zealand Residence Permit holders or New Zealand citizen, as well as Australian citizens or Australian residents who hold a current Australian Resident Return Visa, they do not need a permit to work in New Zealand.
New Zealand offers a range of work visas. All are temporary, though some can lead to the residence.
Essential Skills work visas
For temporary stays these visas are meant. Duration of the visa depends on the term of your job offer and labour market conditions.
Is your job on a skill shortage list?
The Essential Skills in Demand Lists are Immigration New Zealand’s occupational skill shortage lists.
If you have a job offer in an occupation on one of the lists and your qualifications and experience match, you can apply for an Essential Skills work visa.
New Zealanders won’t need to provide evidence of attempting to recruit for your employer because Immigration New Zealand (INZ) reviews the lists regularly and has done that employers are unable to find enough people with these skills, qualifications, and experience in New Zealand.