Overseas nurses wishing to work in New Zealand may need to apply to the New Zealand Immigration Service for a work visa.
It is advisable to complete registration requirements prior to immigration requirements, as often these are dependent on New Zealand registration.
A work visa is an endorsement on your passport, which shows you have permission to travel to and work in New Zealand.
Who doesn’t need a visa
You will not need a work visa to work in New Zealand if:
- you are a New Zealand citizen or a New Zealand residence visa or permit holder
- you are an Australian citizen or a resident who holds a current Australian resident return visa
- you are exempt from the requirement to have a visa to be in New Zealand
- the work you will undertake in New Zealand is not considered to employment as defined by the New Zealand Immigration Service.
Find out more
Visit Immigration New Zealand for more information on immigrating to New Zealand.