Exceptions to residency status policy

To be eligible for training funding, health professionals wishing to enter vocational programmes funded by Health Workforce New Zealand (HWNZ) must be New Zealand citizens or hold a permanent resident visa.

HWNZ will consider exceptions on a case-by-case basis. Prerequisites include:

  1. The prospective trainee works, or will be working, in a vulnerable service or region, as determined by the HWNZ Board.
  2. It is a vocational training programme for which there are insufficient New Zealand citizen/permanent resident candidates.
  3. The prospective trainee intends to obtain a permanent resident visa and provides evidence of their commitment to remain in New Zealand long-term.

Applications are made by training providers in writing (contact details below) and should include the information outlined in How to apply for exceptions (docx, 20KB).

HWNZ will make a decision within 15 working days of receipt. There is no application form and no closing date as training programmes have different schedules for candidate selection.

Email: info@healthworkforce.govt.nz

Mailing address:
Health Workforce New Zealand
PO Box 5013
Wellington 6140

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