Work Visa

Temporary work visas – for people who:

  • have a job offer from a New Zealand employer
  • are coming here for a particular purpose or event
  • want to gain work experience or work after studying in New Zealand
  • want to join a partner here and work.

Apply Requirements:

To enter New Zealand you must:

  • be in good health and of good character, and
  • have a passport that is valid for at least three months past the date you are to leave New Zealand, and
  • be genuine in wanting to work in New Zealand, and
  • have the right visa for your visit.

If you are granted a temporary work visa you need to meet certain conditions during your stay:

  • the work you do must be in line with the conditions specified in your visa
  • you must keep within New Zealand’s laws
  • you must only stay in New Zealand for the time allowed by your visa.
  • If you break any of these conditions we may require you to leave the country immediately.

China Skilled Workers Visa:

If you’re a citizen of the People’s Republic of China and you’re qualified to work in an occupation that’s considered skilled work under the China Skilled Workers Instructions, you can apply for this visa. You’ll need to have a New Zealand job offer for work in your skilled occupation and New Zealand registration, if it’s needed to do your work in New Zealand. While you’re working here you can enjoy our scenery, culture and friendly people.

Overview:

Duration: Up to 3 years

At any one time, a total of 1000 citizens of the People’s Republic of China can work in New Zealand under the China Skilled Workers Instructions, with up to 100 places available for each occupation.

You’ll need a job offer in one of following occupations to apply for a China Skilled Workers Visa:

  • auditor
  • automotive electrician
  • Boat builder
  • computer applications engineer
  • design engineer – electronics or product engineer
  • diesel mechanics, early childhood teacher
  • electronics technician
  • electrician
  • film animator
  • fitter and turner
  • medical diagnostic radiographer or medical radiation therapist
  • motor mechanic
  • plumber
  • registered nurse
  • senior test analyst
  • structural engineer
  • university and higher education lecturer or tutor
  • veterinarian.

With this visa you can:

  • Come to New Zealand to work in a China skilled work occupation.
  • Study for up to 3 months in any 12-month period.

Things to note:

  • The length of your stay will depend on the length of your job offer.
  • If you’re granted a visa for less than 3 years, you can apply for another visa for the balance of the time while you’re in New Zealand. You’ll need to continue to meet all of the criteria to be granted another visa.
  • You can’t include your partner or dependent children in your visa application, but they can apply for visas based on their relationship to you.

China Special Work Visa

You can apply for this visa if you’re a citizen of the People’s Republic of China and you’re qualified to work as a chef, traditional medicine practitioner, Mandarin teacher’s aide, Wushu martial arts coach or tour guide. You’ll need to have a New Zealand job offer in one of these occupations to apply. If you’re granted a visa, you’ll be able to come to New Zealand to work in the job you were offered.

Overview:

Duration: Up to 3 years

At any one time under the China Special Work Category, New Zealand can have:

  • 200 Chinese chefs
  • 200 traditional Chinese medicine practitioners
  • 150 Mandarin teacher’s aides
  • 150 Wushu martial arts coaches
  • 100 Chinese tour guides

With this visa you can:

  • Come to New Zealand to work in a China special work occupation.
  • Study for up to 3 months.

Things to note:

  • The length of your stay will depend on the length of your job offer.
  • If you’re granted a visa for less than 3 years, you can apply for another visa for the balance of the time while you’re in New Zealand. You’ll need to continue to meet all of the criteria to be granted another visa.
  • You can’t include your partner or dependent children in your visa application, but they can apply for visas based on their relationship to you.