New Zealand Welcomes Immigrates With Open Arms – Transport Work Visa (2024)

Transport Work Visa

New Zealand has had a long history of immigration from Britain, with the migrant inflow being especially important in the second half of the 19th century. War and economic depression disrupted immigration at various times in the first half of the 20th century, but there was another surge of British immigration to New Zealand in the decades after the Second World War.

Between 1947 and 1975, a total of 77,000 women, children and men arrived from Great Britain under the assisted immigration scheme. Smaller numbers came from the Netherlands and some other European countries. Non-British immigrants in particular introduced new customs, foods, ideas and practices, and together with later arrivals helped shape modern New Zealand society.

New Zealand was first inhabited by the people of Ngāpuhi (tribe of the Far North), the first explorer to reach New Zealand was the intrepid ancestor, Kupe. Using the stars and ocean currents as his navigational guides, he ventured across the Pacific on his waka hourua (voyaging canoe) from his ancestral Polynesian homeland of Hawaiki. 

The first European to sight New Zealand was Dutch explorer Abel Tasman. He was on an expedition to discover a great Southern continent ‘Great South Land’ that was believed to be rich in minerals. In 1642, while searching for this continent, Tasman sighted a ‘large high-lying land’ off the West Coast of the South Island.

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With this visa you can

  • Live, work, and study in New Zealand.
  • Include your partner and dependent children aged 24 or younger in your visa application.

Prove your identity by providing:

  • 1 acceptable photo, and
  • a scan of the personal details page of your passport

The documents you can provide include:

  • previous or current employment agreements
  • job contracts
  • a summary of income from Inland Revenue.


If you provided these documents with your most recent work visa application only provide them again if something like your pay and conditions have changed since you applied for your work visa.

Your job

You must have a job in land or maritime transport.

Land transport roles are:

  • bus driver
  • truck driver
  • aircraft refueller
  • furniture removalist
  • tanker driver, or
  • a tow truck driver.

Maritime roles are:

  • ship’s master, or
  • deck hand.

In nearly all these roles you must have been paid at least the median wage for 24 months. The exception is bus drivers who must have been paid at least NZD$28 an hour for the whole 24 months.

Calculating 24 months’ work

You must have worked in a transport role for at least 24 months in the 30 months before you apply. You can start counting your 24 months’ work any time on and after 29 September 2021.

To make up the 24 months you can:

  • have been working in transport roles for 24 months
  • count annual, bereavement or other leave you are legally entitled to, such as parental leave
  • complete it in several stretches — for example, you could work for 2 lots of 12 months with a gap of 6 months in between
  • work for some of the time in a role that is not in land or maritime transport, but it must be:
    • in Tier 2 of our Green List of in-demand roles
    • a care workforce role, or
    • a role that paid at least twice the median wage.

For at least 24 months before you apply, you must have a work visa or a Critical Purpose Visitor Visa that allows you to work

New Zealand will check their records to confirm that, for the full 24 months before you apply, you held:

  • 1 or more work visas
  • a Critical Purpose Visitor Visa that allowed you to work, or
  • an Interim Visa which we gave you when you:
    • applied for another work visa, or
    • a Critical Purpose Visitor Visa that allowed you to work.

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