Working in NZ for up to 3 months
If you’re coming to NZ for less than 3 months to work you may only need a visitor visa rather than a visa to work.
For information about visa extensions during COVID-19, visit the Immigration NZ website.
Working on a visitor visa
In some circumstances you can get a visitor visa to work here for less than 3 months. People from some countries do not need to apply for a visitor visa. Check the list before you apply.
If you’re coming to NZ on business
You can get a special visitor visa, such as a Business Visitor Visa, for some business activities, including:
- setting up or closing a business here
- making a short sales trip
- taking part in an official trade mission recognised by the NZ Government, or
- carrying out business negotiations with a foreign company’s representatives in NZ.
You make regular visits for business
If you come to New Zealand on regular short trips for trade and investment activities, you can apply for an APEC Business Travel Card.
If you’re with a group of touring entertainers or a festival act
You can come here to work on a visitor visa as:
- an entertainer
- musician or artist, or
- their direct support staff.
Your employer must be on Immigration NZ’s approved list of:
- arts and music festivals, or
If you’re a journalist or work in the media
You can come to New Zealand on a visitor visa for up to 1 month if you’re working on the Visiting Media Programme offered New Zealand Trade and Enterprise or the New Zealand Tourism Board.
If you’re an academic
If you’re invited by a New Zealand institution to work on teaching, educational, professional management or research activities, you only need a visitor visa.
If you’re working at a sports event
You can visit New Zealand for up to 3 months if you come here for an event or tour as:
- a sportsperson
- their support staff
- a match or tournament official
- a media or broadcasting worker.
You can only work at the event or tour you’re coming for.
Work visas for a specific purpose
You can work in New Zealand for up to 3 months in special circumstances.
If you’re installing machinery or equipment
You can work in New Zealand for up to 3 months to install specialised machinery or equipment bought by a company in New Zealand, but only if it was a condition of the purchase.
If you’re a Filipino nurse
If you’re a Filipino nurse wanting to get occupational registration in New Zealand, you can work here for up to 3 months to achieve that.
If you’re an entertainer
If you have a contract to work in the entertainment, music, film or television industries for a short time, you can apply for a work visa that covers the duration of your contract, plus a little time to get home. This could be for longer than 3 months.
Your employer in New Zealand must support your application and show that there was no New Zealander available to do the work.
Getting a tax number
If you’re paid for your work by an NZ employer, you need to pay tax here. Once you have your visa, apply for an IRD number from Inland Revenue. You give this number to your employer when you start work and use it for all of your New Zealand tax matters.