Overview of the INZ 1016 Form

The INZ 1016 Work Visa Guide is crafted to assist applicants in understanding the criteria and procedures for obtaining a work visa in New Zealand. This essential guide offers detailed insights into the various types of work visas available, helping prospective workers identify the most suitable visa for their circumstances and ensuring they meet all necessary requirements for a successful application.

Ready to start your work journey in New Zealand? Download the INZ 1016 Work Visa Guide now.


Publisher: Immigration New Zealand

Last Updated: Feb 2020

Related Resources:

  • Work Visa Options (INZ 1018)
  • Employer-specific Work Visa
  • General Work Visa
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Who is this guide for?

This guide is designed for applicants seeking to obtain a New Zealand work visa under categories such as:

  • Partnership-based Work Visa
  • Post-study Work Visa
  • Specific Purpose or Event Work visa
  • Seasonal work Stream
  • Work to Residence Visa

It also covers specialized categories like the Silver Fern Job Search Visa and others designated for specific employment situations in New Zealand.

Do you need a visa to work in New Zealand?

You do not need a work visa to work in New Zealand if one of the following applies to you:

  • You are a New Zealand citizen.
  • You hold a New Zealand residence class visa.
  • You hold a special temporary (diplomatic, consular, or official) visa.
  • You are an Australian citizen.
  • You hold a current Australian permanent residence visa.
  • You hold a current Australian resident return visa.
  • You hold a military visa.
  • You are intending to undertake work in New Zealand that is not considered to be employment (see ‘What work is not considered to be employment?’ on page 2).

Application Checklist

Review the INZ 1016 Guide thoroughly to ensure you understand all requirements and gather the necessary documentation for your specific work visa category.

How to Use the INZ 1016 Form

  • Visa Categories: Familiarize yourself with the different work visa categories to determine the best fit for your situation.
  • Eligibility Criteria: Check the eligibility requirements for your chosen visa category.
  • Documentation: Compile all required documents as specified in the guide to support your visa application.
  • Submission: Follow the detailed instructions for submitting your work visa application to avoid any processing delays.

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