Who is eligible for Work Connect

You are eligible if you:

  • are in New Zealand
  • have lived in New Zealand for less than five years and
  • on one of the following visas:

1. Skilled Migrants who are unemployed or underemployed (in employment that does not match their skills and qualifications)

2. Partners of a New Zealand citizen and resident on a work or resident visa

3. Partners and adult children (aged 18-24) of:

  • Skilled migrants
  • higher-skilled and mid-skilled 3-to-5-year Essential Skills Visa holders
  • Work to Residence visa holders
  • partners of Post-graduate international students

4. Graduate international students - Level 7 and above

  • You must be in your last three months of study or on a post-study work visa

5. Special circumstances clients

  • Australian citizens and residents who do not need a visa to live and work in New Zealand.


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

Updated 12 Apr 2021