When traveling to New Zealand, your nationality and the types of activities you will conduct during your trip will determine whether you may travel lawfully as a business visitor or if you require work authorization. Please seek advice from your immigration counsel if you are uncertain about the specific types of activities that constitute business or work.
As a business visitor to New Zealand, you may engage in the activities below. While this list is not exhaustive and other activities could qualify as business, you may:
While nationals of the European Union, the United States, and many other select countries are eligible to travel to New Zealand on visa-waivered status, they must generally obtain a New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA) prior to entry. Additionally, they must obtain a visa waiver visitor visa upon arrival in order to enter New Zealand for the purpose of performing ordinary business activities on a short-term basis.
Foreign nationals who are not eligible for a visa waiver must obtain a Business Visitor Visa prior to travel from Immigration New Zealand either online or from a Visa Application Centre. Please consult with your immigration counsel before traveling to determine your eligibility for a visa waiver or business visitor visa.
The activities below, whether paid or unpaid, generally constitute work under New Zealand law. This list is not exhaustive, and many other professional activities are considered work in New Zealand, even if conducted for a short duration.
The requirements for work authorization depend on your qualifications, on the nature and duration of your work and on whether your employer has an entity in New Zealand. The most common types of work authorization for New Zealand are:
Australian nationals and permanent residents are not required to obtain work authorization in order to work in New Zealand. However, registrations or other formalities may be required prior to working or residing in New Zealand.
Inevitably, the legal and strategic considerations impacting visa selection, as well as visa waiver and work authorization eligibility, entail the careful consideration of many factors. We recommend that you consult with your immigration counsel before taking any course of action.