Work Visa New Zealand (AEWV)

Do you want to apply for a New Zealand Work Visa?

Live & Work in New Zealand

An Accredited Employer Work Visa allows you to work in New Zealand for an Accredited Employer in a position that you have the skills and/or qualifications for.

What it means to obtain a New Zealand Work Visa

This visa is generally granted for 5 years (in some cases, 3 years) and, obtaining this visa in New Zealand allows you to:

  • Work in New Zealand for an accredited employer who has offered you at least 30 hours work a week.
  • Support a work visa for your partner and visitor or student visas for your dependent children.
  • Study for up to 3 months in any 12-month period, or do any study required as part of your employment.
  • If you are eligible, apply for a Straight to Residence Visa, Work to Residence Visa, Care Workforce Work to Residence Visa or Transport Work to Residence Visa.
  • If you are eligible, use skilled work experience in New Zealand to claim points towards the Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa.

New Zealand Skilled Residence Pathways

There are 3 skills-based pathways that allow you to get New Zealand residence if you meet the eligibility criteria:

  • the Green List pathway through the Straight to Residence Visa and Work to Residence Visa
  • the Care Workforce and Transport Sector Agreement pathways
  • the Skilled Migrant Resident pathway.

Some of the visas on these pathways allow you to apply for residence straight away, such as the Straight to Residence Visa. Other pathways may require you to work in New Zealand before you can apply for residence, such as the Work to Residence Visa.

The Green List

The Green List makes it easier for New Zealand employers to hire and attract migrants for specified high skilled, hard-to-fill occupations, with residence pathways for eligible migrants.

The Green List includes just under 200 highly skilled roles that have been identified as being in high demand globally and in ongoing shortage in New Zealand.

These roles often have professional registration, qualification or experience requirements and some roles have a minimum remuneration requirement.

Eligible migrants working in these occupations will have clear pathways to residence and, in many cases, their partners will have open work rights.

The Green List is about making it easier to attract globally in-demand workers.

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New Zealand Green List Tier 1 (Straight to Res)

Eligible migrants employed in these occupations can apply for residence in New Zealand directly from offshore.  Minimum requirements, such as qualifications or salary requirements apply where specified.

Business Professionals

External Auditor

Internal Auditor


Construction Project Manager

Project Builder (including Building Project Manager and Site Foreman)

Quantity Surveyor



Chemical Engineer

Materials Engineer

Civil Engineer

Geotechnical Engineer

Structural Engineer

Electrical Engineer

Electronics Engineer

Industrial Engineer

Mechanical Engineer

Production or Plant Engineer

Aeronautical (Aerospace/Avionics/Aviation) Engineer

Environmental Engineer

Naval Architect/Marine Designer

Engineering Professionals nec

Civil Engineering Technician

Electrical Engineering Technician

Electronic Engineering Technician

Mechanical Engineering Technician

Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Avionics)

Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Mechanical)

Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Structures)

Telecommunications Engineer

Telecommunications Network Engineer

Health and Social Services

Clinical Dental Technician (Dental Prosthetist)

Dentist (Dental Practitioner or Dental Surgeon)

Dental Specialist

Dental Technician

Dental Therapist


Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

Oral medicine specialist

Oral Pathologist

Oral surgery specialist





Public health dentistry specialist

Restorative dentistry specialist

Special needs dentistry specialist

Oral Health Therapist

General Practitioner

Resident Medical Officer


Specialist Physician (General Medicine


Clinical Haematologist

Medical Oncologist



Intensive Care Specialist



Renal Medicine Specialist


Thoracic Medicine Specialist

Specialist Physicians nec


Surgeon (General)

Cardiothoracic Surgeon


Orthopaedic Surgeon


Paediatric Surgeon

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon


Vascular Surgeon


Emergency Medicine Specialist

Obstetrician and Gynaecologist



Diagnostic and Interventional Radiologist

Radiation Oncologist

Medical Practitioners nec


Nurse Practitioners

Registered Nurse (Aged Care)

Registered Nurse (Child and Family Health)

Registered Nurse (Community Health)

Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency)

Registered Nurse (Developmental Disability)

Registered Nurse (Disability and Rehabilitation)

Registered Nurse (Medical)

Registered Nurse (Medical Practice)

Registered Nurse (Mental Health)

Registered Nurse (Perioperative)

Registered Nurse (Surgical)

Registered Nurse (Paediatrics)

Registered Nurses nec

Enrolled Nurse (Nursing Assistant)

Medical Laboratory Scientist

Anaesthetic Technician

Medical Laboratory Pre-Analytical Technician

Medical Laboratory Technician

Clinical Psychologist

Educational Psychologist

Organisational Psychologist

Psychologists nec


Physicist (Medical)



Addiction Practitioner / Alcohol & Drug Clinician

Drug and Alcohol Counsellor



Clinical Physiologist

Careers Counsellor

Family and Marriage Counsellor

Rehabilitation Counsellor

Student Counsellor

Counsellors NEC


Dispensing Optician


Genetic Counsellor

Orthotic and Prosthetic Technician



Ambulance Paramedic

Perfusionist (cardiac)

Hospital Pharmacist

Industrial Pharmacist

Retail Pharmacist


Play Therapist (hospital)

Speech Language Therapist

Sterilisation Technician

Social Worker


Medical Imaging Technologist

Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologist

Medical Radiation Therapist

Nuclear Medicine Technologist


Occupational Therapist



Secondary School Teacher

Other: (Primary Industries, Science)

Other Spatial Scientist

Environmental Research Scientist

Food Technologist

ICT, Electronics and Telecommunications

Chief Information Officer

ICT Project Manager

ICT Managers nec

Analyst Programmer

Developer Programmer

Software Engineer

Software Tester

ICT Security Specialist

Software and Applications Programmers nec

Database Administrator

Systems Administrator

Multimedia Specialist

New Zealand Green List Tier 2 (Work to Res)

Eligible migrants in these occupations can apply for residence after 2 years.


Building Associate (Building Construction supervisor)

Crane, Hoist or Lifter Operator

Factory Process Worker


Health and Social Services

School Principal

Kaiako Kura Kaupapa Māori (Māori-medium Primary School Teacher)

Pouako Kura Kaupapa Māori (Māori-medium Primary School Senior Teacher)

Primary School Teacher

Middle School Teacher / Intermediate School Teacher

Special Needs Teacher

Teacher of the Hearing Impaired

Teacher of the Sight Impaired

Special Education Teachers nec

Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages

Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teacher – registered

ICT, Electronics and Telecommunications

Telecommunications Technician

Civil Machinery Operators

Earthmoving Plant Operator (General)

Backhoe Operator

Bulldozer Operator

Excavator Operator

Grader Operator

Loader Operator

Protective Service Workers

Corrections Officer


Automotive Electrician

Diesel Motor Mechanic (including Heavy Vehicle Inspector)

Motor Mechanic (General)

Motorcycle Mechanic

Electrician (General)

Plumber (General)




Dairy Cattle Farmer (Dairy Cattle Farm Manager) including Dairy Farm Manager, Assistant Dairy Farm Manager and Dairy Herd Manager

Care Workforce Work to Residence Visa

If you have a job or job offer for an occupation in the Care Workforce sector agreement, and you meet the specified qualification, registration, and wage requirements, you need 2 years’ relevant work in New Zealand on a specified visa.

  • Māori Health Assistant — Kaiawhina (Hauora)
  • Disabilities Services Officer
  • Residential Care Officer
  • Aged or Disabled Carer
  • Nursing Support Worker
  • Personal Care Assistant
  • Therapy Aide
  • Child or Youth Residential Care Assistant, or
  • Diversional Therapist.

After this you can apply for the Care Workforce Work to Residence Visa. You must have been paid at least NZD$28.25 an hour during your 2 years’ work experience in a Care Workforce sector agreement role. With this residence visa you can include your partner and dependent children aged 24 or younger in your visa application.

Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa

This visa is for people who have skills that will contribute to New Zealand’s economic growth.  You must have a job or job offer in skilled employment in New Zealand and your job must pay at least the median wage.

You need an acceptable job or job offer in New Zealand and you need to be able to claim a minimum of 6 points to apply for the Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa. This can be made up from:

  • 3 to 6 points based on New Zealand occupational registration, qualifications, or income, and
  • 1 point for each year of work experience in New Zealand in a skilled job, up to a maximum of 3 points.

You can achieve 6 points in 4 different ways.  You can receive 6 points if you have:

  • New Zealand registration in a specified occupation, requiring at least 6 years’ training, or
  • a PhD or doctorate, or
  • a job or job offer in New Zealand which pays at least 3 times the median wage.

Any 1 of these is worth 6 points and you can apply for the Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa with no skilled work in New Zealand.

You can receive 5 points if you have:

  • New Zealand registration in a specified occupation, requiring at least 5 years’ training, or
  • a Master’s degree.

Either of these is worth 5 points. You can receive an additional point for 1 year’s skilled work in New Zealand on any work visa. With this, you will have 6 points, and you can apply for the Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa.

You can receive 4 points if you have

  • New Zealand registration in a specified occupation, requiring at least 4 years’ training, or
  • an Honours Degree or Post-graduate Diploma, or
  • a job or job offer in New Zealand which pays at least 2 times the median wage.

You can receive an additional 2 points for 2 year’s skilled work in New Zealand on any work visa.

With this, you will have 6 points, and you can apply for the Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa.

You can receive 3 points if you have:

  • New Zealand registration in a specified occupation, requiring at least 2 years’ training, or
  • a Bachelor’s Degree or Post-graduate Certificate, or
  • a job or job offer in New Zealand which pays at least 1.5 times the median wage.

You can receive an additional 3 points for 3 year’s skilled work in New Zealand on any work visa.

With this, you will have 6 points, and you can apply for the Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa.

Free Assessment & Consult

Once we receive your CV, age, marital status and family structure, we will provide you with a full assessment and free consultation to discuss your pathway into your country of choice.

Doc Checks & Visa Applications

Our amazing team of file managers will ensure that your visa application to your country of choice is successful and as stress-free as possible.

Job Search & Recruitment

We provide you with ACTUAL job search training, consisting of 5-6 hours of face to face training, as well as market your new CV to relevant recruiters and employers.

Relocation Services

We provide assistance with your relocation process to your country of choice. Consisting of flight tickets, banking, money transfer, pet and furniture relocation and much more!

Get in touch today for your New Zealand Work Visa

We can assist you on your journey to start working in New Zealand.

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