How to Apply for NZ Work Visa

Hi there! Hope you were able to find your dream job. On this post, I will be discussing the next step after getting a job offer – applying for a work visa!

For those who were not able to get an offer of employment, don’t lose hope. Keep on trying or you may want to look at other work visa options.

You actually have options on the type of visa that you can apply for. They have their own advantages and disadvantages. You can either apply for

  • Essential Skills Work Visa – Temporary Visa
  • Work to Residence Visa (WTR) – Temporary Visa
  • Residence Visa under Skilled Migrant Category (SMC)

In my case, I chose to apply for Essential Skills Work Visa due to following:

  1. Both WTR and SMC encourage you to have New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) assessment so you will have a better chance of obtaining a visa successfully.
  2. Time is gold. I’d like to be able to start work as soon as possible. NZQA assessment alone could take about 10 weeks. Other things to consider are the Expression of Interest (EOI) and Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Skilled Migrant Category.
  3. Money is gold. Residence Visa application would burn your bank account. I needed my money to start my life in NZ (rent, car, home furnishings and list goes on).
  4. I needed to assess the situation first. I don’t know anyone from NZ. It would be my first time to live abroad, and I’m not sure if we will like it in NZ. Better to come here by myself first, before we sell our stuffs back in Philippines.

You can create an account and submit your NZ Visa application online. You do not need to complete the application form at once – just save your online form and come back any time. You need to have your credit card ready for payment once you completed the form and ready to submit your application.

Below are the things I submitted with my work visa application. Some are required and some are just supporting documents which give you a better chance to get your visa approved.

  • Face imageHere is the photo requirements.  You may ask your photo service to provide you a soft copy. Please take note that they require light background, like a grayish one, but not white!
  • Birth Certificate
  • Cover Letter – from your employer stating the reason why they hired you. Usually, they mention here that they need to fill a job opening, but could not find one from NZ, so they consider overseas applicants (at least in my case).
  • Employer Supplementary Form (INZ 113) – to be filled up by your employer.
  • Employment Agreement – your job contract
  • Evidence of attempts to recruit New Zealanders – Screenshots of job post from recruitment websites or anything that proves your employer attempted to hire locally would suffice.
  • IELTS certificate
  • Marriage Certificate (if married)
  • Medical Information Sheet – this will be given to you by your accredited clinic (we got ours from St. Luke’s Extension Clinic in Global City) after your medical exam. It contains your “NZER” case number.
  • Passport
  • Police Certificate – NBI clearance
  • Certificate of Employment from your previous companies – should be relevant to your job offer.
  • Transcript of Records / Diploma

The complete list of supporting documents that you can provide can be seen online once you’ve created your account and you’ve started to upload scanned copies of your documents.

Once the immigration officer received your application, he/she would start verifying the documents you provided. Expect them to call/ email your employer (current and previous) and school. They will ask you to provide more documents to support your application, if needed.

They will ask you to send your passport. This will be returned to you with the result of your application. If successful, then you’re visa will be attached on your passport.


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  • #192 Reply


    Hi there! Hope you were able to find your dream job. On this post, I will be discussing next step after getting a job offer – applying for a work visa
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    Your blog is such a great help for us aspiring to work/migrate to NZ.

    Just a few questions about your essential skills visa application:
    1. How much time does your employer gave you to prepare your documents?

    2. Did you advice them first hand that you do not have your visa with you yet, and you still need to process them?

    2. Are you the one who will screenshot the job post from their website or you will request this also to them?

    I hope to hear your advice on this matter. Thank you in advance and more power 🙂

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    Hi, JR!

    This is really helpful. Just want to ask, how long did it take for them to process before they:

    1. Request for you to send your passport

    2. Sent you back your passport with the work visa


    Thank you in advance for answering!

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