Work Visa

New Zealand is a fantastic country to live and work in but you need a work visa to do so.

You can apply for a visa to work in New Zealand, however to be able to do that, you should have specialist skills or work in an area of skills shortage, and have a comparable qualification. There are various types of work visas, each with different requirements and application process.

We can help you and your family with any work visa to New Zealand, including:

Essential Skills

This visa is aimed at attracting people with skills that are needed in New Zealand.

It allows you to come to New Zealand to work from one up to five years. Although this visa does not lead to residence, it is often used as a stepping-stone towards an application under the Skilled Migrant Category.

If you have a full time job offer, required qualifications and experience to match, you can apply for an Essential Skills work visa.

For jobs that are in the lower skill categories, the employer offering the job must make genuine attempt by way of advertisements to recruit a New Zealander for the position. However, if your occupation is on the Immediate Skills Shortage List or the Long Term Skills Shortage List, then employer’s job advertisement not required.

There are no English requirements for this visa, although immigration New Zealand will expect you to have sufficient English proficiency to fulfil your work obligations.

Your family may not be included in your application. However, they may be able to apply separately based on their relationship to you (spouse and dependents).

Renewing an existing essential skills work visa

If you are in NZ with an existing work visa and intend to change employer, location or job then there are two options available. You would have to apply for variation of conditions to your existing work visa or a new work visa.

Contact us to find out how we can help you renew your visa while you are in New Zealand.

Work To Residence

It provides a pathway to residence status providing you stay in the prescribed full-time employment for at least 24 months. Basically this visa allows you to work for 30 months and you will be eligible for residence after 24 months.

You must be 55 years old or under, and after 24 months’ in the job you may seek Residence from Work.

You cannot include your family in your Work to Residence application. However, they may apply separately based on their relationship to you (spouse and dependents). Once you seek Residence from Work, you may include them in your residence application.

There are 2 main options. You may find employment with an accredited employer, or your occupation may be on the Long Term Skills Shortage list.

Talent (Accredited Employer) Work Visa

You will need to be offered full-time employment for at least 24 months, at or above NZ$55,000 per annum. You must work for the specific accredited employer and job location specified in your work visa.

Long Term Skill Shortage Work Visa

If your occupation is one on the long term skill shortage list and you meet the qualification and work experience requirement, you can apply for work to residence visa. You will need to be offered full-time employment for at least 24 months and work in that skill shortage occupation for the duration of your contract.

Also, there are no English requirements for the principal applicant. However, your partner and dependents will need to show that they meet a minimum standard of English to ensure they successfully settle in New Zealand.

You cannot include your family in your Work to Residence application. However, they may apply separately based on their relationship to you (spouse and dependents). Once you seek Residence from Work, you may include them in your residence application.

Partnership Work Visas

JOIN OR BRING YOUR PARTNER TO NEW ZEALAND

Partner means a person you are legally married to, or in a civil union or de facto relationship with, and who you live with in a genuine and stable partnership. Partners can be of the same or opposite sex.

A partner work visa lets you join your partner in New Zealand to live and work.

If your partner holds (or applies for) a student or work visa, or is a New Zealand citizen/resident, you may be able to join them on a partnership visa. You don’t need to have a job offer before you apply. Instead, you can come to New Zealand first and then seek work. You can also study for up to three months.

You must prove that you both have been in a “genuine and stable” relationship.

To check your eligibility, please contact us

Working Holiday Visas

The perfect option to visit New Zealand and work!

This visa is for young people aged 18-30, but in some cases 18-35, and allow for travel and work from 12 months to 23 months depending on your country of citizenship.

The requirements under the working holiday scheme depend on your country of origin and which passport you intend to travel on while you are in New Zealand.

To get started on your working holiday plans in New Zealand, contact us today.

Silver Fern Job Search Visa

You can come to New Zealand on this visa to search for work. This visa allows you to stay in New Zealand for a maximum of nine months; you can work in any job for any employer

You must be aged between 20 and 35 with qualifications and honest intention to find skilled employment in New Zealand.

Once you get a job you might be able to apply for a different visa that will allow you stay and work in New Zealand for longer.

Your partner or children cannot be included on your application

Only 300 Silver Fern Job Search visas may be granted annually. The places fill up very quickly, so it’s advisable to apply as soon as you can on the opening date.

Contact us as soon as possible so we can ensure your application is submitted as soon as the visa opens again.

WORKING IN NEW ZEALAND AFTER STUDYING

Post Study Work Visa

International students may become eligible to work in New Zealand after successfully completed a qualification in New Zealand that meets the Study to Work qualification requirements.

You can't include a partner or dependent children in your visa application, but they can apply for visas based on their relationship to you. Your partner can apply for a work visa and your dependent children can study fee-free as domestic students.