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Visas for New Zealand

Residence from work

There are two popular temporary work visa types that provide a pathway to residence visa after you are employed in your role for 24 months in New Zealand. These are:

  • Talent (Accredited employer) Work Visa:
    If you are able to secure a job offer with a New Zealand Accredited Employer and meet a certain salary threshold, you can obtain this work visa with validity of 30 months.
    You must be 55 years old or under, and after 24 months’ in the job you may seek Residence from Work. This visa is usually processed faster than other work visas, because your employer has already ‘passed’ many INZ requirements to become accredited.
  • Long Term Skills Shortage List Work Visa:
    If your occupation is listed in a Long Term Skills Shortage List (LTSSL) and you meet the qualification/ work experience criteria for that listed occupation then you can obtain this work visa with validity of 30 months.

After working for your NZ employer for 24 months under any of the above work visa, you are then eligible to apply for residence visa known as Residence from work.

Both of these work visas will be replaced by an Accredited Employer work visa in July 2022.

The last date to renew any of these visas is 31 October 2021 as after this date Immigration NZ will not accept any new work visas in these categories.

Talent (Accredited Employer) Work Visa:

INZ requires you to satisfy the following conditions to qualify for a Talent (Accredited Employer) Work Visa. You must provide:

  • Proof of Identity
  • Proof to satisfy good character and health requirements
  • Evidence of Age being less than 55 years
  • Valid Employment documents with requisite remuneration
  • New Zealand occupation registration (if required)

Long Term Skills Shortage List Work Visa:

INZ requires you to satisfy the following conditions to qualify for a Talent (Accredited Employer) Work Visa. You must provide:

  • Proof of Identity
  • Proof to satisfy good character and health requirements
  • Evidence of Age being less than 55 years
  • Valid Employment documents for a job offer in an occupation listed in New Zealand Long Term Skill Shortage List
  • Evidence of your relevant qualification or work experience meeting the LTSSL requirements
  • New Zealand occupation registration (if required)

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