New Zealand Work Visa

Thinking of working in New Zealand? Your skills and experience could make a valuable contribution and, depending on your experience and migration goals, New Zealand has many work visa options available to choose from.

VisaEnvoy offers an established and professional service to employers and employees seeking assistance with applying for and securing work visas for New Zealand.

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This visa is for people who are looking for a pathway to New Zealand residence and who have a skill that is needed by a New Zealand accredited employer. If an accredited employer offers you full-time work, you will usually be eligible for this visa and, if you continue to work for the same employer for 2 years, you will be able to apply for permission to live in New Zealand permanently.

Working holiday visas are available to young people aged 18 to 35 (precise age range depends on your country of nationality). These visas permit holders to travel and work in New Zealand for 12 months (23 months for Canadian nationals and 36 months for UK nationals).

This visa is aimed at individuals who have a track record of displaying ‘exceptional talent’ in arts, culture or sports, have a suitable sponsor and who have been endorsed by an organisation of national repute in their field in New Zealand.

This visa is for people who need to come to New Zealand for a specific purpose or event. To apply, you’ll need to have skills related to the specific event or purpose of your visit, and be able to define the time you’ll need to be in the country to complete the event or purpose. Examples of people who may be able to apply include businesspeople on secondments, sportspersons, professional coaches, specialist installers or service providers, and nurses from the Philippines seeking occupational registration.

Once you have been living and working in New Zealand for 2 years on a Work to Residence visa, you may be eligible for residence status.