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Saturday, July 25, 2009


Another NZ Immigration program for workers who want to live and work in New Zealand is the Work to Residence program.

There are a number of requirements that you will need to meet for a Work to Residence visa or permit. These are requirements that all applicants need to meet.

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 work permit you need to meet certain conditions during your stay:
  • the work you do must be in line with the conditions specified in your permit

  • you must obey New Zealand’s laws

  • you must only stay in New Zealand for the time allowed by your permit.


  • If you break any of these conditions we may require you to leave New Zealand immediately.

    You can be refused a visa or permit if:
  • you are a person who is not eligible for a visa or a permit under section 7(1) of the Immigration Act 1987, or

  • you are in New Zealand unlawfully when you apply or

  • we believe that you are likely to stay in New Zealand unlawfully or

  • we believe that you would break the conditions we would apply to the visa or permit granted to you.

  • Types Work to Residence Policy
  • Long Term Skill Shortage List – for people who have an offer of employment in an occupation on the Long Term Skill Shortage List.

  • Talent (Accredited Employers) – for people who have a job offer from an employer who we have accredited to recruit staff from overseas.

  • Talent (Arts, Culture and Sports) – for people who have recognised talent/ability in the arts, culture or sports.

  • Application procedures varies depending on which policy you belong. Click here to know more about the Work to Residence program.

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