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Work to Residence Visa NZ Requirements

Meeting the eligibility criteria in New Zealand opens up three skills-based pathways to achieve residency. One of these pathways is the Green List pathway through the Straight to Residence Visa and Work to Residence Visa NZ.

To qualify for a Work to Residence Visa, you must be employed by an Accredited Employer currently or have a promising job offer.

If you have been in a Tier 2 Green List in-demand role for the past 24 months, you could meet the requirements to apply for a Work to Residence Visa in New Zealand.

Key Eligibility Criteria:

  • Accredited Employer: You must be working for or have a job offer from an accredited employer at the time of application.
  • Employment Type: Your employment should be full-time, either permanent or fixed-term, with a duration of at least 12 months.
  • Work Experience: A minimum of 24 months of work experience in a Tier 2 Green List in-demand role is required.

Including Family Members:

If your partner or dependent children have obtained or applied for visas based on their relationship to you, it’s essential to include them in your visa application. You can add your partner and children aged 24 or younger as part of your visa application.

Benefits of Work to Residence Visa NZ:

  • Opportunity to transition from a work visa to a residence visa, paving the way for long-term settlement in New Zealand.
  • Integration of your family members into your residency application, ensuring a cohesive transition for your loved ones.


The Work to Residence Visa provides a pathway for skilled workers who meet specific criteria to transition towards becoming permanent residents in New Zealand. By fulfilling the requirements and including your family members in the application process, you can embark on a journey towards a stable and fulfilling future in this beautiful country.

If you are considering applying for a Work to Residence Visa, consult with Licensed Immigration Advisers of Immigration Advisers New Zealand Ltd by dropping a mail on contact@nzimmigration.info and seek professional advice to navigate the process effectively and maximize your chances of success. Cheers to new beginnings and exciting opportunities on your path to residency in New Zealand!

To find out more about how to apply to under this Residence from Work Visa category, assessment criteria and the pitfalls that you should be aware of, please call us today on +64 9 379 0219 or email contact@nzimmigration.info


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