For some people wishing to go to New Zealand the dream is unfortunately not possible. Luckily, for a large part of this group, it transpires that emigration to New Zealand’s equally popular neighbour is possible once they’ve received Australian immigration advice.
Why people emigrate?
We can say broadly speaking that it is down to one or two things or a combination of both – commonly known as ‘push and pull factors’.
A push factor is when there is something in your own country (say South Africa) that is ‘pushing’ you towards emigration. This could include influences like crime or corruption.
A pull factor is where the country you wish to emigrate to, has appealing factors, such as a job or business prospects that are enticing you to make the move.
How can Intergate help?
A great many of our clients have strong push factors as their reason for wishing to emigrate. This means they are prepared to look at more than one option in terms of an emigration destination.
The good news is Intergate Emigration is one of only two companies in South Africa that have licensed immigration agents for both countries.
That means we can assess your eligibility for emigration to Australia just like we do for New Zealand. If you do indeed qualify, our agents can help put together your application as well as submit it for you.
Get in touch if you want Australian immigration advice
If you’d like to get an assessment done for Australia, all you have to do is email us. Why don’t you get assessed for New Zealand at the same time? Our agents can do an assessment for both countries at the same time. Who knows – you might even qualify for both countries. Some people do!
Interested in applying for an Essential Skills work visa? Do you want to set yourself up for success from the start?
Then you have to do two things:
- Get an assessment done to see if you are eligible for an Essential Skills visa.
- If you are, enter the process prepared.
As for the assessment, you can book it right here and one of our advisers will contact you.
To ensure that you have completed all the requirements for your visa application, keep the checklist below handy:
1. Secure a job offer
The Essential Skills work visa allows New Zealand employers to hire foreign workers. As such, you must have a job offer in order to be eligible for the Essential Skills work visa.
What must this job offer look like?
- A written, full-time job offer.
- Your remuneration is in line with your occupation’s ANZSCO level.
What do you need?
- Your occupation must be on the essential skills list and you must have skills and/or qualifications that’s necessary to perform the role.
All is not lost if your occupation isn’t on the essential skills list. You may still be able to apply under the Essential Skills category, it might just take a bit more work by the employer during the application.
2. Submit an Employer Supplementary Form
The New Zealand employer must complete and submit an Employer Supplementary Form. This form provides proof of the fact that attempts were made to recruit New Zealand citizens and residents.
The form asks for:
- Reasons why the particular job specifications are necessary for the role.
- Details of any New Zealand applicants who were considered for the role and who were not suitable or available.
- Reasons why New Zealand applicants could not be readily trained for the job.
3. Prove that you have the required skill level for the job that’s offered to you
This is not as easy as listing your skills on your CV. It is in fact a formal process that evaluates your qualifications, training and experience against what’s asked for by ANZSCO (the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations).
4. Obtain professional or trade registrations
You must get professional or trade registrations for certain occupations in order to take up your role in New Zealand. This means if you don’t have the registrations, you won’t be able to work.
That’s it – the four essential things to have for an Essentials Skills work visa
Your checklist items are essential, definitely, but the not the only requirements for an Essential Skills visa. You’ll still need to meet general requirements too, such as health and character requirements. It’s only when you meet all the criteria that you stand the best chance of getting your work visa.
Our advisers have picked up something during their daily dealings with clients. Many people enquiring about working in New Zealand assume that both the Skilled Migrant visa and Essential Skills visa offer permanent residency.
This is not the case.
Only the Skilled Migrant visa offers permanent residency to skilled workers. The Essential Skills visa offers temporary residency instead.
The outcome of your assessment will determine which visa you qualify for.
Skilled Migrant vs Essential Skills
Let’s elaborate on what we’ve just said:
How is it decided which visa you qualify for?
You’ll become eligible for a Skilled Migrant visa when you score 160 points or more in your points score. Points are awarded for:
- Skilled employment.
- Relevant work experience.
- Your partners score.
- Certain bonus points.
Be mindful of the fact that you’ll also still have to meet all the basic criteria.
What if my points score is less than 160 points?
When you don’t score 160 points or more in your New Zealand Skilled Migrant points score, you might still be eligible for an Essential Skills work visa. This is of course subject to also meeting the requirements of this visa:
- You must be in possession of a written full time job offer from a New Zealand employer.
- Your occupation must be on the essential skills list and you must possess the required skills and experience to carry out this occupation.
- Immigration New Zealand must be satisfied that there is no suitable New Zealanders for the position.
- You must have the necessary skills and/or qualifications to perform the role you have been offered.
- Your remuneration must be according to the ANZSCO level of your occupation and the newly published remuneration bands.
All is not lost if it’s residency you want
It happens from time to time that applicants assessed for Essential Skills work visas find they meet the required points score for Skilled Migrant visas.
Hence, get an assessment done as the first step in pursuing your dream of working in New Zealand. You never know what your points score might reveal.
Important too is to deal with a licensed adviser. It’s the only way to be sure that you’re dealing with a person who has all the latest knowledge on requirements and points.
Let’s recap residency when working in New Zealand
- The Skilled Migrant visa offers permanent residency, while the Essentials Skills visa offers temporary residency up to 5 years.
- To qualify for the Skilled Migrant visa, you must get 160 points or more..
- It might still happen that you apply for an Essential Skills visa and find out you do in fact qualify for a Skilled Migrant visa.
How do I get my points score?
The best way to find out what your points score is, is to have an assessment done by a licensed immigration adviser. Insist on seeing an IAA license number. No license to show? Then move along swiftly!