A new visa aimed at luring highly skilled young people to move to New Zealand and look for well paid jobs will be available from next month.

The new Silver Fern Visa is being introduced to give young people the opportunity to search for work in the country and even undertake temporary work then move to a two year working visa once they secure a full time position.

'In the global competition for skills we need to encourage young, career minded people to choose New Zealand as a long term destination. The Silver Fern Visa will achieve this because the young migrants eligible under this policy will need to prove their value to New Zealander employers,' an immigration spokesman said.

'The purpose of this visa category is to broaden the options for applicants to make a long term contribution to New Zealand and to provide a pathway to New Zealand residency,' the spokesman added.

The Silver Fern Job Search Visa and the Silver Fern Practical Experience Visa are for young people aged between 20 and 35 who hold a qualification that meets the requirements for recognition under the Skilled Migrant Policy.

That means they will meet the English language standards, have a minimum of NZ$4,200 maintenance funds during the period they will be staying in New Zealand, genuinely be seeking skilled employment, meet temporary entry health and character requirements and have not previously been issued a Silver Fern Job Search Visa.

Also to qualify for a Silver Fern Practical Experience Visa applicants must hold a Silver Fern Job Search permit or a Silver Fern Practical Experience permit as well as having an offer of skilled employment for at least 12 months.

Applications for the visa start from 27 April it is expected that 300 will be available annually.

Other changes are being made to New Zealand immigration include the introduction of working holiday visas for young citizens of Spain and Slovenia and an increase in the age limit for Canadians coming to New Zealand on a working holiday from 18-30 to 18-35 years. Also Japanese working holidaymakers are no longer restricted to a maximum of three months working for the same employer.