The Work to Residence visa offers a unique pathway to permanent residency for eligible individuals.
Understanding the Work-to-Residence Visa
The Work to Residence visa allows skilled professionals to work in New ZealThere are two main categories under the Work to Residence visa:and for up to 30 months with the aim of securing permanent residency. After working for a minimum of 24 months under this visa, applicants can apply for a Residence from Work visa. This program is designed to attract and retain skilled professionals who can contribute to the country’s economy and address skill shortages.
There are two main categories under the Work to Residence visa:
Accredited Employer Work Visa: This visa is for individuals who have a job offer from an Immigration New Zealand accredited employer. The job offer must meet specific criteria, including a minimum base salary of NZD $79,560 per year.
Long Term Skill Shortage List Work Visa: This visa is for individuals with a job offer in an occupation listed on the Long Term Skill Shortage List. The job offer must meet specific criteria, and the applicant must possess the necessary qualifications and experience.
To be eligible for a Work to Residence visa, applicants must meet the following requirements:
- Be aged 55 or under
- Meet the health and character requirements for New Zealand immigration
- Provide evidence of a job offer in line with the visa category criteria (Accredited Employer or Long Term Skill Shortage List)
- Hold relevant qualifications and/or work experience to fulfill the job offer requirements
- Demonstrate English language proficiency (IELTS score of 5.0 or equivalent for Accredited Employer Work Visa; IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent for Long Term Skill Shortage List Work Visa)
Transitioning to Permanent Residency
After working in New Zealand for a minimum of 24 months under a Work to Residence visa, you can apply for a Residence from Work visa. This visa grants you permanent residency, allowing you to live, work, and study in New Zealand indefinitely. Ensure you meet the necessary criteria, including health, character, and employment requirements, before applying for permanent residency.