Millions of people around the world decide to seek international opportunities to develop their professional careers.
In most cases, you must first secure a Work Visa before you can legally work, live and earn money within a particular country. And you must ensure you apply for the correct Work Visa for your unique needs.
Work Visas are a legal requirement introduced by the New Zealand government to selectively permit foreign individuals to carry out work-related activities in New Zealand.
To legally work in New Zealand, you must either have an official full-time job offer (to apply for an Essential Skills Work Visa) or have a partner that is already living and working in New Zealand (to apply for a Partnership-Based Work Visa).
Without a Work Visa, you are not legally authorised by the local government to work and earn money in New Zealand.

If you wish to apply for a Work Visa, reach out to one of our immigration consultants by email ( or call us at 09 369 1681 today.

The Work Visa application process can be quite complicated, especially for those who have not previously applied for such legal work documents. If you don’t know where to get started or what to expect when obtaining a Work Visa, keep scrolling for all you need to know before starting your Work Visa application process.

Work Visa


What Is a Work Visa?

A Work Visa simply refers to a permit or a legal authorisation provided by the local government giving a foreign individual the right to carry out work-related activities in New Zealand, Australia or Canada.

The two most popular Work Visa types in New Zealand include the Essential Skills Work Visa (ESWV) and Partnership-Work Visa.

Essential Skills Work Visa: You can apply for an Essential Skills Work Visa if you have been offered a full-time job and hold the relevant qualifications and experience to successfully carry out your duties in said job.
Once your visa is granted, you can support the visa applications of your partner and dependent children, and conduct your work-related responsibilities for up to three years depending on the salary offered by your employer.

Partnership-Work Visa: You can apply for a Partnership-Based Work Visa if you wish to join your partner in New Zealand. This is an open Work Visa, which means your visa is not attached to a particular employer and allows you to freely change your position, workplace or employer.
The permitted length of your stay in New Zealand depends on you and your partner’s previous living arrangements. If you have been living with your partner longer than 12 months, you can get a 2-year Partnership-Based Work Visa. If you have lived with your partner less than 12 months, you can get a 1-year Partnership-Based Work Visa.

Please contact our licensed advisors to learn more about the specific types of evidence required by Partnership Visa applications.
Prior to the expiration of the visa, you can apply for residence based on your partnership.

Who Needs a Work Visa?

If you are a foreign individual seeking employment in New Zealand, you will need to apply for a Work Visa.
Simply put, to legally work in New Zealand you must either be offered a full-time job opportunity by a New Zealand employer or have a partner already working and living in New Zealand.

If your circumstances are different (e.g. you are a business owner or a self-employed individual) then you too need to be granted a legal permit to conduct regular work activities within New Zealand.
If you are unsure whether you need a Work Visa or which kind of Work Visa is required, we recommend speaking to one of our immigration visa specialists.

The Typical Work Visa Application Process

First, you need to gather all the documentation required for your Work Visa application. In many cases, this entails a combination of relevant job qualifications, an offer of employment by a New Zealand-based employer and any other necessary documentation to support your application.
At ICL, we cover every area of the application, and provide thousands of potential New Zealand migrants with visa application services each year.
Once you have compiled the necessary documents and completed the relevant forms, you can submit your application for review. Then, you simply wait for a decision.
In some cases, you may be asked for further supporting documentation. This can cause significant delays that can be highly stressful if you do not have professional guidance.
During the review, the visa regulatory body can decide to either deny entry to New Zealand or grant your Work Visa.

If you want to find out the exact Work Visa process for your type of application, then please feel free to reach out by email ( or call us at 09 369 1681 today.

How Long Does It Take to Get a Work Visa?

In some cases, the regulatory body can ask for further supporting documentation. These documents can be related to anything from your current financial situation to additional qualifications needed as part of your new job in New Zealand.

Benefits of Submitting Your Visa Application through ICL

Applying for a Work Visa can be a daunting process, especially if it is your first time applying for such a legal work document.
When applying for a Work Visa, you want to get everything right the first time. To significantly increase your chances of a successful Work Visa application, we highly recommend you seek the services of a professional.
At Immigration Consultancies, we have dedicated our entire careers to helping individuals from all walks of life and regions around the world to obtain their Work Visas and begin their next chapter in life.

Our 97% visa application success rate speaks for itself. We know exactly what you need to submit for the best chances of successfully obtaining a Work Visa, and are aware of the latest changes to immigration policy.
If you are looking to save yourself a ton of time, the hassle of applying on your own and anxiety of wondering whether you submitted sufficient documentation, reach out to one of our friendly advisors by email ( or call us at 09 369 1681 today.

Additional benefits of submitting your Work Visa application through ICL include:

● Support at every step of your Work Visa application process
● Years of expertise and visa requirement knowledge
● A completely stress-free and zero-hassle application
● Significantly increased chances of obtaining a Work Visa

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