What is a Specific Purpose Work Visa?

This visa is for people who want to come to New Zealand for a special reason or event. Whether you’re attending a business event, working on a project, or have other specific plans, this visa could be what you need.

Visa Charges (NZ Immigration)

The price varies based on where you’re from, starting at NZD 700. Tell us about your home country, and we’ll customize the process and costs for you.

Length of Stay

The length of your stay depends on why you’re coming to New Zealand.

Processing Time

Usually, it takes about three weeks to process your application, but it can vary depending on where you’re from and your situation.

Who is Eligible?

  • If you want to visit New Zealand for a particular event or reason.
  • If you’re already in New Zealand on a Recovery Visa and need to extend your stay by 3 months.

Benefits of the Recognised Seasonal Employer Limited Visa

  • Purposeful Entry: Allows entry into New Zealand for specific reasons like events or work, which may not be covered by other visas.
  • Work Authorisation: Lets visa holders work in New Zealand for the employer and within the scope of the specific purpose mentioned in their application.
  • Extended Stay for Recovery Visa Holders: Gives migrants on a Recovery Visa an extra three months to help with recovery efforts, such as after extreme weather events.
  • Pathway for Family: While family members can’t be included on the same visa, partners and dependent children can apply for their visas (Partner of a Worker Visitor Visa and Student Visas) to stay together.
  • Quick Processing: With most applications processed within three weeks, it offers a speedy way for professionals and others to plan their trip to 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 Specific Purpose Work Visa has some limitations which you should be aware of.

Family Inclusion Restriction

This visa doesn’t allow family members to be included directly, which can make it tricky for families planning to travel together.

Employment Specificity

Holders can only work for one employer and within the scope of a specific event or purpose, limiting job options.

No Path to Residency

This visa is temporary and doesn’t lead to long-term residency or citizenship.

Health and Character Checks

Applicants must pass strict health and character tests, which might be tough for those with past health issues or criminal records.

Proof of Travel

Applicants need to show they have onward travel plans or enough money to buy a ticket, which can be costly.

Limited Stay

The visa’s duration is tied to the event or purpose, and holders must leave New Zealand afterward unless they get another visa.

Application Requirements

If you’re interested in applying for a Specific Purpose Work Visa, browse through the following requirements needed from applicants.

Proof of Identity

Valid ID documents like passports or driver’s licenses.

Health Check

A valid confirmation of good health.

Good Character

Evidence showing you’re a trustworthy person.

Genuine Intentions

Proof that you plan to follow the visa rules.

Purpose Details

Information about why you’re coming to New Zealand.

Stay Duration

Length of time you expect to stay to finish your plans in New Zealand.

Employer Details

If needed, information about your employer.

Skills and Qualifications

Any relevant qualifications or job experience.

Return Plans

Proof you’ll leave New Zealand after your visit.

Financial Support

Enough money for living expenses and housing.

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What is the Application Process?

Read on about the process you can follow to apply for a Specific Purpose Work Visa.

Step 1: Check if You Qualify

Make sure you meet the requirements.

Step 2: Get Your Papers Ready

Gather all the documents you need.

Step 3: Fill out the Form

Complete the application and send it in with your documents and fee.

Specific Purpose Work Visa Process at ICL

We at ICL Immigration, know it can be hard to navigate the journey for the Specific Purpose Work Visa Process. Which is why we offer a tried and tested step-by-step method to help you get your visa without much hassle and stress.

Step 1: First Consultation

We chat about your reasons for coming to NZ and check if you qualify.

Step 2: Service Agreement

We sign an agreement that contains our service details.

Step 3: Prepare Your Application

We help gather all the papers and fill in the forms.

Step 4: Application Submission

We send your application and pay the fees.

Step 5: Get an Assigned Case Officer

NZ Immigration gives you an officer to look after your application.

Step 6: Awaiting Decision & Keeping in Touch

We keep an eye on your application and answer any questions from the immigration authorities.

Step 7: Visa Decision & Next Steps

When your visa is approved, we guide you on what to do next for your trip.


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What is a Specific Purpose Work Visa?

This visa allows individuals to come to New Zealand for a specific purpose or event, such as participating in a business project, a cultural event, or a specific temporary job.

Who can apply for this visa?

Anyone who wants to come to New Zealand to complete a specific task or attend an event that requires their skills or participation can apply for a Specific purpose visa. This includes business professionals, sportspeople, artists, and those recovering from significant events like natural disasters.

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

The length of stay is determined by the time needed to complete the specific purpose or event. It is defined in the visa approval based on the details provided in your application.

What are the main requirements for this visa?

Applicants must prove their identity, good health, good character, and genuine intention to stick to the visa's conditions. They must also clearly define their specific purpose for visiting, provide evidence of qualifications if necessary, and show they have arrangements for onward travel and sufficient funds.

Can I include my family in my visa application?

You cannot include your partner or dependent children on this visa. However, they can apply for their respective visas, such as a Partner of a Worker Visitor Visa or a Student Visa.

What is the processing time for this visa?

The processing time can vary, but 80% of applications are typically processed within three weeks.

How much does this visa cost?

The cost starts from NZD 700, but actual fees can vary based on the specifics of the application and additional services if utilized.

What happens if my application is denied?

You will receive a notification explaining the reason if the application is denied. You can seek advice on whether an appeal is possible or if another visa type might be more appropriate.

Can I work for any employer in New Zealand with this visa?

No, with this visa, you are only allowed to work for the specific employer and in the role that relates directly to the purpose of your visit, as stated in your visa application.

What if I need to stay longer than initially granted?

Suppose your specific purpose or event requires more time than initially estimated. In that case, you may apply for an extension of your visa, provided you can substantiate the need for additional time.

How do I apply for this visa?

You should start by consulting with an immigration expert or using services like ICL Immigration to help gather documentation, fill out the application form, and guide you through the submission process.

Can I travel in and out of New Zealand with this visa?

If your visa includes multiple entry travel conditions, you may travel in and out of New Zealand. Make sure this is specified in your visa before making travel arrangements.

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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