New Zealand’s fast growing games industry welcomes skilled and experienced game developers from around the world.  Situated between America and Asia, but with a European heritage, New Zealand is a multi-cultural and beautiful country.

For more information on living and working in New Zealand, visit

You are also welcome to email with any questions on the New Zealand game development industry.  If you want to check us out first before committing, we love hosting international guests. We have active industry events every month and several conferences each year and can help show you around our beautiful country.

New Zealand Visas

Work to Residence Visa

To be eligible, you must have a job offer from an Immigration New Zealand accredited employer or for a job that is on the Long Term Skill Shortage List such as “Multimedia Specialist” (which covers Game Developers or Artists).  After working in New Zealand for 24 months you may be eligible for residence. You must be 55 or under to apply.

Essential Skills Work Visa

This visa is a temporary work visa that is tied to a specific employer. You must have a job offer to apply. No age limit.

Skilled Migrant Category

The Skilled Migrant Category offers you the opportunity to move to New Zealand to work and live permanently. This residence visa uses a points system based on factors such as experience, qualifications, age and a job offer. You must be 55 or under to apply.

Working Holiday Scheme

New Zealand has a specific work visa for people aged 18-30 from certain countries (including the US). If approved you will receive a work visa to do temporary work anywhere in New Zealand. The main purpose for a WHS visa must be holiday, not work. A job offer is not required.

For more information on moving to New Zealand visit

New Zealand Studios Hiring International Staff

Immigration New Zealand’s sectors and skills team can give you advice on hiring international staff before you make an application.  There are advisors in each of the main centres.