New Zealand

Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa

We invite people who have the skills, experience and qualifications New Zealand needs to grow its economy to apply for residence under this category. If your application’s successful, you and your family will be able to live in New Zealand permanently.

Argentina Working Holiday Visa

This visa is for young citizens of the Argentine Republic who want to work or study while they holiday in New Zealand.

Austria Working Holiday Visa

This visa is for young citizens of Austria who want to work or study while they holiday in New Zealand.

Belgium Working Holiday Visa

This visa is for young citizens of Belgium who want to work or study while they holiday in New Zealand.

Brazil Working Holiday Visa

This visa is for young citizens of the Federative Republic of Brazil who want to work or study while they holiday in New Zealand.

Chile Working Holiday Visa

This visa is for young citizens of the Republic of Chile who want to work or study while they holiday in New Zealand.

China Working Holiday Visa

This visa is for young citizens of the People’s Republic of China who want to work or study while they holiday in New Zealand.

Croatia Working Holiday Visa

This visa is for young citizens of the Republic of Croatia who want to work or study while they holiday in New Zealand.

Czech Working Holiday Visa

This visa is for young citizens of the Czech Republic who want to work or study while they holiday in New Zealand.

 

Denmark Working Holiday Visa

This visa is for young citizens of Denmark who want to work or study while they holiday in New Zealand.

Estonia Working Holiday Visa

This visa is for young citizens of Estonia who want to work or study while they holiday in New Zealand.

Finland Working Holiday Visa

This visa is for young citizens of Finland who want to work or study while they holiday in New Zealand.

 

France Working Holiday Visa

This visa is for young citizens of France who want to work or study while they holiday in New Zealand.

Germany Working Holiday Visa

This visa is for young citizens of the Federal Republic of Germany who want to work or study while they holiday in New Zealand.

Hong Kong SAR Working Holiday Visa

This visa is for young residents of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) who want to work or study while they holiday in New Zealand.

Hungary Working Holiday Visa

This visa is for young citizens of Hungary who want to work or study while they holiday in New Zealand.

Ireland Working Holiday Visa

This visa is for young citizens of the Republic of Ireland who want to work or study while they holiday in New Zealand.

Israel Working Holiday Visa

This visa is for young citizens of the State of Israel who want to work or study while they holiday in New Zealand.

Italy Working Holiday Visa

This visa is for young citizens of the Italian Republic who want to work or study while they holiday in New Zealand.

Japan Working Holiday Visa

This visa is for young citizens of Japan who want to work or study while they holiday in New Zealand.

Korea Working Holiday Visa

This visa is for young citizens of the Republic of Korea who want to work or study while they holiday in New Zealand.

Latvia Working Holiday Visa

This visa is for young citizens of the Republic of Latvia who want to work or study while they holiday in New Zealand.

Lithuania Working Holiday Visa

This visa is for young citizens of the Republic of Lithuania who want to work or study while they holiday in New Zealand.

Luxembourg Working Holiday Visa

This visa is for young citizens of Luxembourg who want to work or study while they holiday in New Zealand.

Malaysia Working Holiday Visa

This visa is for young citizens of Malaysia who want to work or study while they holiday in New Zealand.

Malta Working Holiday Visa

This visa is for young citizens of Malta who want to work or study while they holiday in New Zealand.

Mexico Working Holiday Visa

This visa is for young citizens of the United Mexican States who want to work or study while they holiday in New Zealand.

Netherlands Working Holiday Visa

This visa is for young citizens of the Netherlands who want to work or study while they holiday in New Zealand.

Norway Working Holiday Visa

This visa is for young citizens of Norway who want to work or study while they holiday in New Zealand.

Peru Working Holiday Visa

This visa is for young citizens of the Republic of Peru who want to work or study while they holiday in New Zealand.

Philippines Working Holiday Visa

This visa is for educated young citizens of the Republic of the Philippines who want to work or study while they holiday in New Zealand.

Poland Working Holiday Visa

This visa is for young citizens of the Republic of Poland who want to work or study while they holiday in New Zealand.

Portugal Working Holiday Visa

This visa is for young citizens of Portugal who want to work or study while they holiday in New Zealand.

Singapore Work Exchange Programme Visa

This visa is for young citizens of Singapore who want to get some New Zealand work experience either before completing a course of study with a Singapore university or polytechnic, or after graduating.

Slovakia Working Holiday Visa

This visa is for young citizens of the Slovak Republic who want to work or study while they holiday in New Zealand.

Slovenia Working Holiday Visa

This visa is for young citizens of the Republic of Slovenia who want to work or study while they holiday in New Zealand.

Spain Working Holiday Visa

This visa is for young citizens of the Kingdom of Spain who want to work or study while they holiday in New Zealand.

Sweden Working Holiday Visa

This visa is for young citizens of the Kingdom of Sweden who want to work or study while they holiday in New Zealand.

Taiwan Working Holiday Visa

This visa is for young people from Taiwan who want to work or study while they holiday in New Zealand.

 

Thailand Working Holiday Visa

This visa is for young citizens of the Kingdom of Thailand who want to work or study while they holiday in New Zealand.

Turkey Working Holiday Visa

This visa is for educated young citizens of the Republic of Turkey who want to work or study while they holiday in New Zealand.

United Kingdom Working Holiday Visa

This visa is for young citizens of the United Kingdom who want to work or study while they holiday in New Zealand.

Uruguay Working Holiday Visa

This visa is for young citizens of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay who want to work or study while they holiday in New Zealand.

USA Working Holiday Visa

This visa is for young citizens of the United States of America who want to work or study while they holiday in New Zealand.

Vietnam Working Holiday Visa

This visa is for educated young citizens of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam who want to work or study while they holiday in New Zealand.

Canada Working Holiday Visa

This visa is for young citizens of Canada who want to work or study while they holiday in New Zealand.

Essential Skills Work Visa

If you’re offered a full-time job and your employer first checked if any New Zealanders were available to do the work, you can apply for a temporary visa to work in New Zealand. If you’re granted this visa you may be able to work in the specific job you’re offered, and support visa applications for your partner and dependent children.

Long Term Skill Shortage List Work Visa

If you have the qualifications and experience required for an occupation on our Long Term Skill Shortage List and have an offer of employment in that occupation, then you may be eligible for this visa. This visa can help set you on the pathway to New Zealand residence by allowing you to work here.

Recognised Seasonal Employer Limited Visa

On this visa you can come to New Zealand for a short time to work in our horticulture and viticulture industries. You must have a job offer before you apply.

 

Domestic Staff of a Diplomat Work Visa

People who work for diplomatic, consular and official staff in domestic roles like as a cook, nanny, driver or gardener can be granted visas to work for their employer in New Zealand.

Partner of a Student Work Visa

If your partner holds a Student visa, and they support your application, you may be able to come to New Zealand to work for the same length of time allowed by your partner’s visa. To be eligible your partner must be studying towards a level 7 or 8 qualification on our Long Term Skill Shortage List, or a level 9 or 10 qualification.

Working Holiday Extension Work Visa

People already in New Zealand on a Working Holiday Visa can extend their stay for another 3 months if they have completed at least 3 months of seasonal work in the horticulture or viticulture industries.

Crew joining a Ship or Plane Visitor Visa

Crew members can enter New Zealand to join a vessel or aircraft that will then depart for another country.

Talent (Accredited Employer) Work Visa

If you have skills or expertise and have been offered full-time work by an accredited employer, then you may be eligible for this visa. This visa can help set you on the pathway to New Zealand residence by allowing you to work here.

Entertainers Work Visa

Performing artists, entertainers and entertainment industry workers who are of international distinction, particular ethnic significance or who are essential to a particular production can come to New Zealand for work in an entertainment performance or production.

Fishing Crew Work Visa

If you’ve been offered a job working as a crew member on a fishing vessel in New Zealand waters, you may be able to apply for a work visa. If you’re granted a visa, you’ll be able to do the work for the employer who offered it to you, until your visa expires.

Samoan Quota Resident Visa

Each year we invite Samoan citizens to register for a ballot that, if drawn, may result in an invitation to apply for New Zealand residence.

Business Visitor Visa

You can come to New Zealand for business reasons for up to 3 months in any one year.

Post-study work visa

People who have completed an acceptable qualification in New Zealand can apply for a Post-study work visa. If you are granted a visa, you can work for any employer in New Zealand and do almost any work.

Partner of a New Zealander Work Visa

If your partner is a New Zealand citizen or resident, you may be able to come with them to New Zealand and work while you’re here.

Work Exchange Scheme Work Visa

This visa allows people to work in New Zealand as part of approved work exchange schemes. While in New Zealand you’ll be paid for your work and have your accommodation provided by your work exchange scheme organiser.

Pacific Access Category Resident Visa

Each year we invite people from Fiji, Kiribati, Tuvalu, and Tonga to register for a ballot that, if drawn, allows you to apply to live in New Zealand.

Second or Subsequent Resident Visa

If you want to return to New Zealand to live but your New Zealand Resident Visa has expired, you may be eligible for a Second or Subsequent Resident Visa.

Partner of a Worker Work Visa

If your partner has a work visa that’s for more than 6 months, and they support your application, you may be able to come to New Zealand to work for the same length of time as your partner’s visa.

 

Global Impact Permanent Residence Visa

If you have had a Global Impact Work Visa for 30 months or more, you can apply for this residence visa to live in New Zealand permanently.

Private Yacht or Plane Visitor Visa

You can travel to New Zealand on a private yacht or aircraft.

China Special Work Visa

If you’re a citizen of the People’s Republic of China and you’re a chef, traditional medicine practitioner, Mandarin teacher’s aide, Wushu martial arts coach or tour guide, you can apply for this visa.

Student and Trainee Work Visa

Students who need to do practical work experience to meet a study requirement, can apply to come to New Zealand to complete it. Medical and dental trainees, religious trainees and apprentice jockeys can also apply to do their training in New Zealand.

Religious Worker Resident Visa

Religious workers, who’ve been doing religious work in New Zealand on a valid Religious Worker Work Visa for the last 3 years, may be eligible for this resident visa. To apply you’ll need an offer of continuing religious work and sponsorship from the religious organisation that’s sponsoring you now.

Religious Worker Work Visa

Religious workers who want to help New Zealanders practise, maintain and advance their religious beliefs, may apply to come to New Zealand with a view to staying here permanently, if they have the right experience and/or training.

Visiting Media Visitor Visa

This visa is for people taking part in the New Zealand Trade and Enterprise or New Zealand Tourism Board’s Visiting Media Programme.

Silver Fern Practical Experience Work Visa

This visa is for people who already have a Silver Fern Job Search Work Visa or a Silver Fern Practical Experience Work Visa. To apply you’ll need to have an offer of skilled employment for 12 months or more.

Global Impact Work Visa

This visa is for innovative entrepreneurs or investors who are selected by the Edmund Hillary Fellowship to create and support innovative ventures in New Zealand.

Thai Chefs Work Visa

This visa is for citizens of the Thailand who have an offer of full-time work as a Thai chef and the qualifications and experience to do that work.

Super Yachts Visitor Visa

Owners or crew on super yachts can travel to New Zealand.

Talent (Arts, Culture, Sports) Work Visa

If you have exceptional talent in a field of art, culture or sport, then this visa can provide you with a pathway to residence in New Zealand. To apply, you’ll need to be supported by a New Zealand organisation that’s nationally-recognised in your field.

Australian Resident Visa

Australian citizens and permanent residents can visit, work and live in New Zealand. You do not need a visa before you travel to New Zealand.

Community Sponsored Refugee Resident visa

This visa is for applicants who have been recognised as refugees and have sponsorship by an approved community organisation. Successful applicants will be granted permanent residence in New Zealand.

Supplementary Seasonal Employer Work Visa

This visa is for people who are already in New Zealand on a visitor or student visa, and want to do seasonal work in the horticulture or viticulture industries. You can only apply for this visa in peak seasons when there are not enough New Zealanders to do the work.

Specific Purpose Work Visa

If you have skills or expertise that will benefit New Zealand, you can come here for a specific purpose or event. Examples of people who may be able to apply include business people on secondments, sports players, professional coaches, specialist installers or services, and Philippines nurses seeking occupational registration.

China Skilled Workers Visa

If you’re a citizen of the People’s Republic of China and you have an offer of full-time work in an occupation considered to be skilled work under the China Skilled Workers Instructions, you can apply for this visa. You’ll need to have the necessary qualifications, experience and registration to do that work in New Zealand.

Employees of Relocating Business Resident Visa

This visa can help employees who are integral to the success of the business they work for, who aren’t eligible for any other kind of resident visa, relocate to New Zealand. If you meet the conditions of the visa, which include working for your relocating employer for a 24-month period, you may be able stay in New Zealand indefinitely.

Partner of Military Work Visa

If your partner has a Military Visa, and they support your application, you may be able to come to New Zealand to work for the same length of time as your partner’s visa.

Japanese Interpreters Work Visa

People from Japan, who are qualified to interpret and translate Japanese and English, can come to New Zealand to work in our tourism industry. To apply, you’ll need to have an offer of full-time work as an interpreter in a tourism-related industry in New Zealand.

Academic Visitor Visa

You can visit New Zealand as an academic and participate in teaching, educational, professional management or research activities.

APEC Business Travel Card

The APEC Business Travel Card provides its cardholders with streamlined travel processes between participating APEC countries. APEC Business Travel cardholders will be granted a visitor visa when they arrive in New Zealand, provided they have clearance from their home economy and New Zealand before they travel.

Arts and Music Festival Visitor Visa

Performers and their immediate support crews can visit New Zealand to take part in approved arts and music festivals.

Dismissed Worker Visitor Visa

You can apply for this visa if you have a current work visa and you’ve been dismissed from your job during a trial period.

Entrepreneur Work Visa

This visa is for experienced business people who want to work in their own business in New Zealand. If you’re granted this visa, you can come to New Zealand to buy or set up your own business in an initial 12-month start-up stage, then work in that business for up to 3 years. If your business is successful, you may be eligible to apply for residence.

German Law Student Visitor Visa

German law students or graduates can visit New Zealand as unpaid observers with New Zealand law firms.

Indonesia Special Work Visa

If you’re a citizen of Indonesia and you’re a chef, Halal slaughterer or Bahasa teacher’s aide, you can apply for this visa.

Partner of an NZ Scholarship Student Work Visa

This visa allows you to work in New Zealand while your partner is here on an MFAT-funded NZ Scholarship.

Philippines Special Work Visa

Registered nurses, farm managers and engineering professionals who are citizens of the Philippines can apply for this visa.

Pitcairn Islander Resident Visa

Pitcairn Islanders can apply for a resident visa, if they’ve been offered skilled employment in New Zealand.

Primary Sector Trainees Work Visa

People from Chile and South Korea can do vocational study and take up work placements in primary sector industries in New Zealand. To apply, you must be supported or funded by your government and intend to return home after your training to share your new skills.

Republic of Korea Special Work Visa

If you’re a citizen of the Republic of Korea and you have an offer of full-time work in a Republic of Korea Special Work occupation, you can apply for this visa. You’ll need to have the necessary qualifications and experience to work in that occupation in New Zealand.

Short-term Entertainment Act Visitor Visa

Performers and their immediate support crew can apply for a visitor visa to perform in a short-term live entertainment act, in New Zealand. To apply, the entertainment act must be promoted by a promoter on our Approved Promoters List.

South Island Contribution Resident Visa

If you have been employed in the South Island for 2 years since being granted a South Island Contribution Work Visa you may be eligible for this resident visa.

Sports Events Visitor Visa

This visa is for sports people, support staff, match and tournament officials, and media and broadcasting personnel visiting New Zealand for sports events or tours.