You are eligible to apply for the Work Connect programme if you can tick all these boxes:

  • You belong to one of these three groups: skilled migrant, partner of a skilled migrant, international student (Level 7 and above).
  • You have been living in New Zealand for less than five years.
  • You have the right to work in New Zealand, and your visa is NOT one of the following:
    • holiday working visa
    • visitor visa
    • work visa secured through being the partner of an international student (Level 7 or below).
  • For international undergraduate students only: you must be within the last three months of your study.


If you aren’t eligible but are still interested in applying email workconnect@tec.govt.nz and explain your situation.

Updated 18 Feb 2019