Essential Skills work visa

  • Do you have a full-time job offer in New Zealand, for more than 30 hours per week?
  • Do you have the skills to do that job from your qualifications or work experience?
  • Can your employer show that they tried to recruit New Zealanders before offering you the job?
  • Are you paid the same amount that a New Zealander would be paid in the same job?

An Essential Skills Work Visa may be issued for 1 year, 3 years or 5 years, depending on how much you are paid in your job – lower-paid jobs mean a visa will be issued for 1 year while highly-paid jobs can mean a visa will be issued for up to 5 years.

You can renew an Essential Skills Work Visa multiple times. An Essential Skills Work Visa will allow you to work in a specific occupation, for the employer and in the location specified on your visa.

You can study for up to 3 months in any 12-month period with an Essential Skills Work Visa, or undertake any study you are required to do as part of your employment.

Complete our free initial assessment form and we will check whether you are eligible to apply for this visa.