Criteria for Long-term Critical Workers

A worker needed in New Zealand for the long term (six months or longer) is considered an ‘other critical worker’ if they meet one of the criteria for short term workers and:

  • they earn at least twice the median salary — NZD $106,080 a year, or

  • they have a role essential for the completion or continuation of a science programme under a government funded or partially government-funded contract, including research and development exchanges and partnerships, and have the support of the Science, Innovation and International Branch at MBIE to travel to New Zealand to carry out their work, or

  • their role is essential for the delivery or execution of:

    • a government-approved event, or

    • major government-approved programme, or

    • approved major infrastructure project.

Events, projects and programmes approved for other critical workers