Apply for a Resident Visa under the Residence from Work Category

The objective of the Residence from Work Category is to enable the grant of residence class visas to people whose talents are needed by New Zealand employers, people with exceptional talent in a field of art, culture or sport, people working in areas of identified absolute occupational shortage in New Zealand and religious workers.

You might qualify for residence under the Residence from Work Category if you are a holder of one of the following work visa types:

Talent (Accredited Employers) work visa
Talent (Arts, Culture and Sports) work visa
Long term skill shortage list work visa
Religious worker visa
South Island Contribution work visa

Residence from Work Visa Types:

Talent (Accredited Employer) Visa

This visa is for people who are looking for a pathway to live in New Zealand and who have a skill that’s needed by a New Zealand accredited employer. If an accredited employer offers you full-time work, you’ll be able to get a visa to work here. If you continue to work for that employer for 2 years, you’ll be able to apply to live in New Zealand permanently.

Please note: This visa will be closing to new applications on 31 October 2021. It will be replaced by the Accredited Employer Work Visa from mid-2022.

Talent (Arts, Culture, Sports) Resident Visa

This visa is for holders of Talent (Arts, Culture, Sports) Work Visas who have been actively involved in New Zealand in their declared field of exceptional talent for more than 2 years. If you are still prominent in that field and your continued presence will enhance New Zealand’s accomplishments, you may be eligible for this resident visa.

Long Term Skill Shortage List Resident Visa

This visa is for people who hold a Long Term Skill Shortage List Work Visa and have been employed in New Zealand for more than 2 years. If you have ongoing employment and your salary is NZ$45,000 or greater, you may be eligible for this resident visa.

Religious Worker Resident Visa

If you want to live in New Zealand permanently and you’re already in New Zealand on a valid Religious Worker Work Visa you may be able to apply for residence. You’ll need to have an offer of continuing work and sponsorship from the religious organisation that’s sponsoring you now, and 5 years’ religious work experience and/or training.

South Island Contribution Resident Visa

This visa is for people who hold a South Island Contribution Work Visa. If you have remained employed in the same industry and region for 2 years since you were granted a South Island Contribution Work Visa, you may be eligible for this resident visa.

The Residence from Work Category is complex.

It has many different facets. Let us know if you think that you might qualify. Ask us for a Free Assessment. We will assess your chances and let you know your best way forward to achieving your goal of becoming a resident in New Zealand.

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