NZ Accredited Employer Work Visa

You can apply for this temporary visa if you have a job offer from an accredited employer, the skills and qualifications for the job, and a link to the application form. You may be eligible for the Green List Straight to Residence Visa, or after 2 years the Work to Residence Visa.

Length of Stay

3 Years

What You Can Do?

  • Work in New Zealand for an accredited employer who has offered you at least 30 hours work a week.
  • Study for up to 3 months in any 12 month period, or do any study required as part of your employment.
  • In some cases, fast-track to residence or work to residence in 2 years depending on your pay and your role.

Visa Notes

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Visa Criteria

  • Your visa will be valid for up to 3 years if you are paid at or above the New Zealand median wage of NZD $27.76 an hour, and for up to 2 years if you are paid below the median wage.
  • You can only support your dependent child's visitor or student visa if you earn at least NZD $43,322.76 each year.
  • This visa ties you to the employer who offered you the visa application for the length of your visa ⁠— if your situation changes you will need to vary the conditions of your visa or apply for a new visa.