People granted Skilled Migrant work visas for New Zealand
By gender, 2012–2021
Number of applications
Approved In Principle: Employer prepared visa application documents and received approval in principle prior to advertising job position and recruit successful employee candidate. Work visa applications lodged under the Approval in Principle will still be subject to other assessment criteria such as medical, character, background/qualification etc of the applicant.
Crew: a visa for temporary entry to join a foreign ship.
Immigration and Protection Tribunal Order: a temporary visa issued pending applicant's appeal decision by the Tribunal.
Job Search: a visa that allows the applicant to look for a job for less than 12 months while legally residing in New Zealand.
Long-Term Business Visa/Investor: the Long-Term Business Visa was replaced by the Entrepreneur Work Visa. This visa is for people who want to work in their own business in New Zealand. To apply, you'd need to provide a detailed business plan, have at least NZ $100,000 to invest in your business, and be able to claim 120 points on our points scale.
Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE): The scheme allows the horticulture and viticulture industries to recruit workers from overseas for seasonal work when there are not enough New Zealand workers.
Special visa under Section 61: the Minister may grant at absolute discretion, a visa as a special case under section 61 of the Immigration Act.
Working Holiday: This visa lets people 18 to 30 years old (or 35 years old for some countries) have their 12-month holiday in New Zealand and work here too.
Work to Residence: Once you have been in New Zealand for 2 years on a Work to Residence visa, you may be eligible for residence status under the Residence from Work Category.
Immigration NZ meet their legal obligation to protect personal information by randomly rounding totals in the tool base three. This is best practice from Stats NZ. It does mean figures can be different to their previously published data.
Changes to data collection/processing
As part of Immigration NZ continuing work to unify the data available in the Migration Data Explorer, they have renamed some application criteria that appear in the Population dataset. In particular:
The Resident Global Impact Visa application criterion is now named Global Impact.
The substream for the 2021 Resident Visa has been changed from 2021 Resident Visa to Skilled.
The substream for the Global Impact Visa has been renamed from Entrepreneur Category to Entrepreneur. This groups it alongside other application criteria that allow residence for entrepreneurs, such as the Entrepreneur Category and Entrepreneur Plus Category criteria.
The substreams Humanitarian and Humanitarian/International have been merged with the International/Humanitarian substream.
Data provided by
Migration Data Explorer: W1 Work Visa Decisions 2021
How to find the data
At URL provided, click on 'Data Explorer' tab, scroll down, select 'W1 Work Decisions' in Dataset, 'Calendar Year (Year ended Dec)' in Time period, and for variables, select following combinations:
'Application Substream, Decision Type'
'Application Substream, Application Criteria, Decision Type'
'Application Substream, Nationality, Decision Type'
'Nationality, Decision Type'
'Application Substream, Age range, Decision Type'
'Application Substream, Gender, Decision Type'
For each table, click on button 'Download Data as CSV'.
Import & extraction details
File as imported: Migration Data Explorer: W1 Work Visa Decisions 2021
From the dataset Migration Data Explorer: W1 Work Visa Decisions 2021, this data was extracted:
- Sheet: W1 WD By G
- Provided: 552 data points
This data forms the table Migration - Work visa applications, by decision, visa substream and gender 2012–2021.
Dataset originally released on:
Purpose of collection
This migration data is collected to address the overarching research themes and enduring questions that relate to migration in New Zealand
Method of collection/Data provider
This is a measure of the number of visa applications in New Zealand, with breakdowns by visa type and demographic characteristics, at specific points in time.