Work visas are for people with a job offer to work in New Zealand temporarily (for up 3 years).
General work visas require a job offer, either in an area of short-term shortage or where a New Zealand employee cannot be found.
There are also special categories of visa for:
- Special Purpose
- Crew of chartered foreign fishing vessels
- Interpreters from Japan
- Thai chefs
- Ministers of religion, missionaries, members of religious orders
- Seasonal workers in the horticulture or viticulture industry.
- Youth skilled workers (Silver Fern visa)