Work visa for New Zealand

Work visa for New Zealand

Work visa

If your plan is to live and work in New Zealand for a certain period of time you will need a work visa. There are two types of work visa: Essential Skills Work visa and Work to Residence visa. Both work visas are temporary but the difference is that Work to Residence visa can help you to settle permanently in New Zealand.

Conditions for Work visa

  • Your profession must be on the occupation shortage list in New Zealand.
  • Employer from the New Zealand should nominate you for a certain job for which there are no workers on the market and you should make a contract with that employer.
  • You need to have qualifications and work experience for that job (you need to be registered for certain professions)
  • Work to Residence visa demands that you are less than 55 years old.
  • You need to meet the English language skills criteria.
  • You should not be persecuted.
  • Also you need to fulfill good health conditions.

Benefits of work visa

Work visa allows you to live and work in New Zealand temporarily. Work to Residence visa gives you the opportunity to apply for permanent stay after two years of work if you fulfill certain requirements regarding your profession and qualifications.

Duration of work visa

Duration of Essential Skills Work visa depends on the period you are nominated for a certain job and can be issued on a period of five years maximum. Work to Residence visa lasts 30 months.

Application for work visa

Work visa application is submitted online through website of New Zealand’s Home Affairs.

Visa fees and processing time

Visa fee for Essential Skills Work visa application is 495NZD while fee for Work to Residence visa is 635NZD. Depending on the visa, the average processing time is from 50 to 90 days.

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