What is a Work to Residence Visa?

Discover the Work to Residence Visa: This visa is for those working or offered a job by an Accredited Employer in New Zealand. It’s your ticket from temporary work to becoming a permanent resident. You need at least 24 months in a Tier 2 role on the Green List to qualify.


Secure residency through employment with an accredited employer in New Zealand.

Age Limit

Applicants must be 55 years of age or younger.

Benefits of the Work to Residence Visa

  • Residency: Live, work, and study forever in New Zealand.
  • Family: Bring your partner and kids under 25, by including them in your application.
  • Flexibility: Work anywhere with any approved employer in New Zealand.

Note: The cost and availability of New Zealand visas can change because of decisions made by the New Zealand Immigration authorities.

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Limitations of the Visa

The Work to Residence Visa has some limitations which you should be aware of.

Health and Character

Meeting specific health and character standards is necessary.

Language Skills

Students must demonstrate proficiency in English. Additionally, family members above 16 years old must also meet English language requirements or enroll in language courses.

Criteria for the Visa

A comprehensive list of criteria needed for your application to be a good fit to obtain the New Zealand Work to Residence Visa.

Employment Requirement

Full-time, permanent or fixed-term employment with an accredited employer for at least 12 months.


Must have completed 24 months in a Green List Tier 2 in-demand role.

Application Requirements

Your Work to Residence Visa application needs the documents listed below.


A valid passport or government-issued ID is necessary.

Health and Character

You’ll need medical checks and police clearances.

Proof of Employment

Show proof of job offer or current employment with an authorized employer.

Proof of Experience

Provide documents proving you’ve worked for 24 months in a needed job role.

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Work to Residence Visa Process at ICL

At ICL Immigration, we understand that navigating the Work to Residence Visa can be hard. This is why we help you with our tried and tested step-by-step method in helping you get a Work to Residence Visa successfully.

Step 1: Initial Consultation

We’ll check if you’re eligible and talk about what you need to become a resident.

Step 2: Service Agreement

We’ll explain everything we’ll do for you, like helping with your application.

Step 3: Gathering Documents

We’ll help you collect all the papers you need and make sure they’re complete and right.

Step 4: Handling Your Application

We’ll take care of submitting your visa application, including documents and fees.

Step 5: Managing Your Case

We’ll talk to immigration officials to help your application move smoothly and answer any questions they have.

Step 6: Keeping You Updated

We’ll keep you in the loop about what’s happening with your application.

Step 7: After Visa Approval

Once your visa is approved, we’ll help you plan your next steps, like traveling and following visa rules.


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What is a Work to Residence Visa?

A visa for individuals who have fulfilled specific work criteria with an accredited employer and are seeking permanent residency in New Zealand.

Who is eligible for this visa?

Individuals under 55 years have worked for 24 months in an in-demand role under an accredited employer.

How long can I stay in New Zealand with this visa?

Indefinitely, as long as you meet the ongoing requirements and conditions of the visa.

What are the costs involved?

Starting from NZD 4290, varying by individual circumstances and application details.

Can I include my family in my visa application?

Yes, partners and dependent children aged 24 or younger can be included.

What are the employment restrictions with this Visa?

You must work in a role related to your qualifications and a job offer from an accredited employer.

How do I apply for an extension or change the conditions of my visa?

Specific extensions or changes can be applied through Immigration New Zealand, depending on individual circumstances.

Can I travel outside New Zealand on this Visa?

Yes, you can travel in and out of New Zealand until your travel conditions expire, after which you may need to apply for a variation or a Permanent Resident Visa.

Disclaimer: The information provided is subject to change based on New Zealand government policies. For the most current information, please refer to Immigration New Zealand or contact ICL Immigration for updated guidance.

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