Requirements for working temporarily in New Zealand There are a number of requirements that you will need to meet to get a temporary work visa. In this section you can find out whether you need a work visa, whether you'll qualify, and what a temporary work visa will allow you to do.
People who do not need a visa
You do not need a work visa to work in New Zealand if you are:
A New Zealand citizen or you hold a New Zealand residence visa, or an Australian citizen, or the holder of a current Australian permanent residence visa including a current Australian resident return visa. (If there are conditions on your residence visa/resident return visa, then you will require a work visa.)
Certain kinds of work do not require a work visa. If your employment in New Zealand involves visits for business negotiations, short-term sales trips, work for official trade missions recognised by the New Zealand government, or work for overseas governments, you may be able to do it while on a visitor visa. See what these options are and what they require.
There are a number of requirements that all applicants need to meet for a temporary work visa.
To enter New Zealand you must:
As well as meeting the requirements for all applicants, you must meet the requirements of the category under which you are applying for a temporary work visa.
We grant temporary work visas under several different categories, which have different requirements. Which category you can apply under depends on your circumstances.
I have a job offer from a New Zealand employer
If you have a job offer from a New Zealand employer and do not fall under one of the categories for specialist workers below, you may apply under the Essential Skills work category. The employer will need to show that no New Zealand citizens or residents are available to do the job, either by:
showing that the job is included in one of the Essential Skills In Demand Lists; or
providing evidence that they have genuinely tried to find a New Zealand worker to fill the position.
In addition, you must be appropriately qualified by training or experience to take up the position.
Here are the visa options if you want to live in New Zealand permanently, and your visa application will be based on your occupation or skills.
Skilled Migrant Category - for people who have the skills, qualifications and experience New Zealand needs.
The Skilled Migrant Category (SMC) offers you the opportunity to move to New Zealand to work and live permanently.
To decide if you can apply we use a points system. You get points for age, experience, employability and qualifications.
There are two steps:
You complete an Expression of Interest, telling us about yourself, your family, your skills and your experience.
If you have enough points, we accept your Expression of Interest, and send you an Invitation to Apply. You complete it, and return it to us with your supporting documents.
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