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New Zealand Essential Skills Work Visa

New Zealand’s very own popular visa through which you can achieve a temporary work permit. Essential Skills Work Visa allows you to stay and work temporarily in New Zealand. Even though the Essential Skills Work Visa is valid for 5 years, the duration of your stay depends on the period of your job offer. Other factors like your salary and the conditions of the labour market also affect the duration of your stay in New Zealand. If you have a job offer from New Zealand which is enlisted in skill shortage list, you can apply for the Essential Skills Visa.

Essential Skills Work Visa - What is it ?

The Essential Skills Visa was introduced to help New Zealand employers to fill the void in the labour market. The void which was unable to fill because of the shortage of skilled New Zealanders. Therefore, the Essential Skills Work Visa is an ideal option for someone who is looking for a temporary stay in New Zealand to increase points for the Permanent Resident Visa.

This visa, of course, has some conditions that you and the employer need to follow before applying, these are:

  • You must procure a full-time job offer. The recruiter must be a certified employer of New Zealand.
  • The offered occupation must be from the Skills Shortage List and also have the required skillset related to the occupation.
  • Employers are needed to clarify Immigration New Zealand that these positions cannot be filled by any New Zealanders.
  • Recruiters are also required to explain why the residents of New Zealand are not suitable for the job role.
  • This visa is not applicable if you want to do business in New Zealand.
  • It is mandatory for Essential Skills Work Visa applicants applying for low-skilled job openings to provide Skills Match Report from WINZ at the time of applying for the visa.
  • Employers in the Canterbury region need to work the Canterbury Skills and Employment Hub.
Essential Skills Work Visa - Essential Skills List

The Long-Term Skill Shortage List consists of occupations which are experiencing a sustained shortage of skilled labour both nationally and internationally. If you are thinking to apply under Essential Skills Work Visa you need to check whether your occupation lies under skill shortage list or not. If not, employers can still approach you, if they have tried genuinely but unsuccessful in recruiting New Zealanders for those occupations first. In this scenario, your employer must provide supporting documents demonstrating their efforts while trying to recruit native people.

New Zealand Immigration Authority can testify these claims made by the employers to authenticate the information. If the occupation lies under high skilled level the employer must include:

  • Motivational Statement.
  • Text for Advert.
  • Details of their recruitment advert.

If the occupation lies under low skilled level the employer must include:

  • Income and Skills Match Report
  • Proof of Advertisement
  • Motivational Statement
  • Proof of Non-Availability of Native Workers
Will an Essential Skills Work Visa provide you Permanent

Essential Skills Work Visa are not ideal for people looking for Permanent Residency in New Zealand. This visa was simply placed before to fill temporary skill void. Thus, it does not lead to a residence application. However, you may be eligible to apply for permanent residency through Skilled Migrant Category if you have essential skills.

Note:INZ will not ask proof your English language proficiency. You just need to have sufficient proficiency in English to perform your work obligations.

Can You Bring Your Family with You ?

Your family cannot enter New Zealand with you on Essential Skills Work Visa. However, they can apply for a separate visa on the basis of their relationship to you.

Essential Skills Work Visa: Key Facts
  • The Essential Skills Visa is a timed visa. The validity of the visa will be depending upon your job period.
  • You can apply for another visa after running out the first one. There is no such limit to how many times you can apply for the visa.
  • The duration of the visa can be extended up to 5 years. ANZSCO is the deciding body for that matter.
Assessment Form


  • Age- 20- 35 years
  • Experience-Even fresher can apply
  • Education – Should be a minimum degree holder
  • Sufficient funds required to sustain

Visa processing time- 25 days

Visa Fee

  • Silver Fern Job Search visa fee- 260 NZ $

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