Do you dream of working as an electrician in New Zealand? Are you qualified and experienced? Are you fluent in English?
Then your dream could become reality.
There is currently a shortage of electricians in New Zealand and New Zealand Immigration is recruiting candidates who tick all the immigration boxes from abroad.
Keep on reading to find out more about:
- How ANZSCO defines an electrician for New Zealand
- Electricians’ place on the Long Term Skill Shortage List and what it means.
- The visas available to electricians.
- How to assess your immigration eligibility.
- What you can expect from working as an electrician in New Zealand.
The ANZSCO definition of an electrician
Let’s start by saying that ANZSCO stands for the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations. This list has Electrician (General) as ANZSCO level 3 and defines it as someone who:
Installs, tests, connects, commissions, maintains and modifies electrical equipment, wiring and control systems. Registration or licensing is required.
Electricians on the Long Term Skill Shortage List
Electricians (General) appear on New Zealand’s Long Term Skills Shortage List (LTSSL). This means, as already mentioned, it’s an occupation where there is a sustained and on-going shortage of highly skilled workers throughout New Zealand.
This means should you get a job as an electrician, and you meet all the immigration requirements, you are eligible to live and work in New Zealand.
Visas available to electricians
Let’s assume you do have a job offer and you meet the work, qualification, age, health and character requirements. This qualifies you for a Work to Residence visa. This is a temporary visa, valid for 30 months.
That’s the first step in the process.
Should you live and work in New Zealand on your Work to Residence visa for at least 24 months, and continue to meet the requirements (including having a job with a base salary of at least NZ$45 000), you’ll be able to apply for residence status.
Qualifying under the Skilled Migrant category
Yes, there is a chance that you could apply for New Zealand residency straight away.
Finding out if you qualify
Finding your occupation on the Long Term Skills Shortage List is only the first step in any emigration journey.
As you can see from what we’ve said above, you also still have to meet a long list of requirements, ranging from health to qualifications requirements.
But how do you find out if you stand a chance of working as an electrician in New Zealand?
We’ll tell you… By doing a comprehensive immigration assessment, performed by a licensed immigration adviser.
Intergate Emigration can help you
Our immigration advisers are all licensed to conduct immigration assessments and registered with the New Zealand Immigration Advisor Authority.
Booking an assessment with one of them is as simple as submitting your details here.
Let us also mention that the initial assessment is free of charge. This assessment will reveal if you stand a chance of qualify for a visa and highlight the best way forward.
What you can expect from working as an electrician in New Zealand
The most important thing you should know is this – you cannot work in New Zealand without a visa!
You’ll also need to be registered and licensed with New Zealand’s Electrical Registration Board. The Board wants proof of your experience before an application for registration is accepted and requirements for full registration is shared. Don’t worry though – our advisers can talk you through this process.
Here’s what else we can tell you about working in New Zealand as an electrician:
Qualified electricians earn between NZ$23 and NZ$32 per hour. This hourly rate is influenced by a couple of factors, such as:
- The city you’re working in.
- Your experience.
- Your skills.
- The job’s responsibilities and duties.
You can expect to perform similar job functions in New Zealand as back home. New Zealand electricians are also responsible for duties such as installing electrical wiring, repairing electrical equipment and conducting safety tests.
Again, nothing out of the ordinary. Electricians in New Zealand work regular business hours, but may also work weekends and be on call.
Depending on your job, you can expect to work in building sites, existing buildings, power stations or substations. You might also need to travel to local work sites.
Have you booked your assessment yet?
Our pre-assessment will get the ball rolling by highlighting any visa options open to you, at no cost.
That’s right – your pre-assessment is free of charge. It’s obligation free too. You don’t have to continue using our services if you don’t want to.
What do you have to lose? Book your assessment right away.
One of the main research point for our clients is the cost of living in New Zealand. Time and again clients tell us they want to know that they’ll be able to live comfortably.
This has lead us to put together the ultimate guide to the cost of living in New Zealand – and today we’re sharing it with you.
You’ll get a better understanding of how much money you could expect to earn and what your average living costs would be:
We’ll even tell you where to go do a realistic cost-of-living calculation. But first let’s look at how much you could expect to earn…
To see where you can expect the most of your money to go, have a look at the information on figure.nz.
You can choose to rent or buy a home in New Zealand. You might have to rent a home when you first arrive so let’s start there:
Trade Me Property reports that the national median rent rose 4.4 per cent to an all-time high of $470 per week in January. Renters in Wellington paid an average of NZ$550 per week, while those in Auckland and Christchurch paid NZ$540 and NZ$400 respectively.
The costs involved
The initial costs will include a portion of the rent in advance, a letting fee if you use an agent and a bond.
A landlord can ask for a maximum of two weeks rent in advance while you can expect that the bond (or deposit) will be equal to four weeks’ rent. This means you’ll have to pay up up to six weeks of rent upfront.
You’ll get the bond back at the end of the leasing term, provided you leave the place in a good condition.
To do a search for rental prices in the area you plan on staying, go to TenancyServices, a website hosted by the New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.
New Zealand’s property market ended 2017 ‘with record asking prices’.
While small (1-2 bedrooms) and medium houses (3-4 bedrooms) continue to be the most popular house type across the country, large (5+ bedrooms) and medium houses reached a record high in December of last year, climbing to $1,156,400 and $641,850 respectively.
The regions with the biggest percentage increases in property prices were:
- Southland (13.5%);
- Otago (13.3%);
- Hawke’s Bay (12.8%); and
- Wanganui (12.2%).
You can check the median values of homes in any region, city or even street on QV.co.nz for an accurate estimate for how much you could expect to pay for your New Zealand home.
Keep this in mind: Property ads in New Zealand usually show either an RV (Rateable Value), GV (Government Valuation) or CV (Council Valuation) figure. These figures refer to the valuation used by the local council to calculate rates for the property. These aren’t registered valuations and often don’t reflect the property’s true market value.
The main utilities for any home would be water and electricity. Of course an internet connection is also considered essential in this day and age.
Most regional councils charge for the water they supply and the rates vary from region to region. If you own your home, the cost is added to your rates as water rates.
When it comes to electricity, you’ll find that there are a number of electricity and gas retailers in New Zealand. You can search for the best deal on the PowerSwitch website run by ConsumerNZ and MBIE Consumer Affairs.
There are a range of internet service providers to choose from in New Zealand. Glimp lets you compare providers by price, speed, data and plan specifics. You can also use Broadband Compare for service provider comparisons.
While public transport is available in New Zealand, most New Zealanders choose to own a car and drive to where they need to be.
Choosing to also go this route means you’ll need to buy a car once you get to New Zealand. You can use New Zealand’s AA website to see how much your favourite car will cost you new, but here are a couple of prices to start you off:
- Ford Fiesta: From NZ$25, 490
- Citroën C4: From NZ$36,990
- Hyundai Sonata: From NZ$45,990
- Maza CX-9: From NZ$58,490
- Toyota FJ Cruiser: NZ$66,930
What about insurance and petrol?
Insurance is not compulsory in New Zealand but third party insurance will insure you against having to personally pay the cost of damage to someone else’s vehicle. Petrol prices are on the AA’s site where regularly updates are published.
The general rule is that local produce will be cheaper than imported items.
Keep in mind that imported items travel very far due to New Zealand’s ‘end of the earth’ location. This means you might pay considerably more for certain items than you’re used to.
Numbeo is a great site if you’d like to see how much food items are in New Zealand. The site lists most of the items the average person will have on their shopping list, from milk and rice to chicken breasts, bananas and lettuce.
And, as promised – how to do a realistic cost-of-living calculation
We said we’ll tell you where to go for a realistic calculation of your cost of living and here it is:
You can use New Zealand Now’s cost calculator. You can tailor your income and expenses (be sure to click on the + signs on the expenses!) and adjust to a monthly or weekly outlook.
Of course here at Intergate we like to go the extra mile, so here is a bonus tip to end off our guide to the cost of living in New Zealand:
It doesn’t matter if you’ve done some research or none, you’ll find the answer you’re looking for in these questions:
- How do I know if this is the right visa to apply for?
- How does INZ qualify a ‘partner’?
- How do we prove our partnership is ‘genuine’?
- Is there any other qualifying criteria?
- When do I make my visa application?
- Does this visa allow me to work?
- Can I add our dependent children to my visa application?
Let’s begin at the start…
1. How do I know if this is the right visa to apply for?
To make an application as the partner of a New Zealand work visa holder, you must ask yourself these questions:
- Is your partner making an application for a New Zealand work visa?
- Or does your partner already have a work visa for New Zealand?
- Would you like to join your partner in New Zealand?
Were your answers ‘yes’? Then this is the correct application for you, as you’ll be able to join your partner in New Zealand when they go there to live and work.
2. How does INZ qualify a ‘partner’?
Immigration New Zealand (INZ) define a partnership as:
- Two people (either same sex or opposite sex),
- Who live together in a genuine and stable relationship in any of the following:
Does your relationship tick the boxes? Congratulations! You’ve passed the first test.
3. How do we prove our partnership is ‘genuine’?
INZ will ask a number of questions to establish the nature of your partnership. These questions include:
- How long have you been together?
- How long have you been living together as a couple?
- Do you support each other financially?
- How do you share financial responsibilities?
- Do you share a property or own a property together?
- Do you have children?
- Do other people recognise your relationship?
The more proof you can provide in answer to these questions, the stronger your case will be.
4. Is there any other qualifying criteria?
Yes, there is. The most important is that you and your partner:
- Must be 18 years or older. If you are 16 or 17 years old, consent is required from parents or guardians.
- Must have met each other before applying for a visa based on your partnership.
- Cannot be close relatives.
You must also know that your partner won’t be eligible to support your visa, or a subsequent residence application, if they have supported:
- More than one previous residency application.
- A successful residence application for a previous partner in the last 5 years.
- A previous partner in a successful residence application in the last 5 years.
- Or have been included as a partner in a successful residence application the last 5 years.
5. When do I make my visa application?
The partner of a New Zealander work holder visa application can be made at the same time as the work visa application.
In fact, the norm is to do it this way so that both partners can travel to New Zealand together.
6. Will I be allowed to work?
Yes, you can work in New Zealand on this visa. The option to work is also an open one as your visa won’t be specific to a single employer.
7. Can I add our dependent children to my visa application?
No, dependents cannot be included. However, dependents may make an application for a visa in their own right. As an example, dependent children of school-going age can apply for a dependent child student visa.
Want to apply? Then you should contact us
Intergate Emigration has helped many couples successfully migrate to New Zealand.
Our advisers will assess you against all the requirements and help with your application.
You might have noticed on our website that we offer a visa assessment for New Zealand. It all starts with what we like to call an ‘initial assessment’, which is free.
But why do we offer a visa assessment? And why do we think it’s important that you have one done? Also, is the initial assessment really free?
There are a number of reasons actually, which we’ll all cover right here.
But let’s address another question first – is the initial assessment really free?
Yes, it definitely is. Only once it’s clear that you stand a good chance of qualifying for a visa do we move on to a comprehensive, paid-for assessment.
Now let’s explain why a visa assessment for New Zealand is necessary:
In a nutshell – peace of mind
Packing up your life and moving to a new country, while exciting, is also a nerve-wracking experience. That’s why our initial visa assessment for New Zealand is designed to set your mind at ease about the big things right from the start:
1. You do not waste money
Let’s say you want to apply for a work visa or residency through the skilled migrant visa.
In most cases you’ll need to secure a job offer in order to secure the visa or residency. As the job search and visa process go hand-in-hand, there are sections of your visa application that should go ahead – and you should only be paying for these parts.
Yet there are many horror stories of applicants paying immigration companies in full for visa applications, only to see no progress with their planned migration.
Why? Because they didn’t go through an assessment phase where the application process is explained to them.
If you do an assessment, you’ll understand how the pieces of this puzzle fit together – and when it’s a good or bad idea to part with your money.
2. You do not build up false hopes of moving to New Zealand
So you’ve spotted your occupation on a skills shortage list and you’re over the moon. You’re moving to New Zealand!
Not so fast. Just because your occupation appears on a New Zealand skills shortage list, doesn’t mean emigration is a given for you.
You’ll still need to meet a long list of other requirements to make it into New Zealand!
That’s where our free initial assessment comes in. It measures your skills, occupations and qualifications, plus various other criteria, against what Immigration New Zealand asks of immigrants.
Rest assured that we’ll leave no stone unturned when doing your assessment. We’ll explore any and all emigration options you may have.
In other words, once you’ve completed your assessment, you’ll know for a fact whether or not New Zealand is a realistic dream for you.
3. You find out if you meet the basic criteria for a New Zealand visa or residency
The assessment will ensure that you meet the basic immigration criteria set out by Immigration New Zealand before you make a visa application.
This means you avoid unfortunate mistakes like:
- An application that fail because it didn’t cover the required details.
- Claiming experience that is not valid.
- Getting an incorrect points score.
- Missing opportunities for visa types.
- Forgetting that all family members must meet certain criteria.
- And the list goes on….
Instead, you submit an application that’s prepared correctly, in the full knowledge that you meet all requirements.
4. You discover the best route forward
Sometimes it’s possible for us to suggest the best route forward immediately, but other times it’s necessary for us to consider many options before we present any emigration options to you. This we do with the help of the information we’ve gathered from you during your initial visa assessment.
5. You also get to ask any question you may have
It is of course perfectly natural to have a number of questions concerning your prospective migration. At this early stage of your planning we will do our best to answer everything that we can.
It is our responsibility to make sure you make informed decisions. We do this by giving you relevant, practical and honest replies.
Why don’t you book your free visa assessment for New Zealand straight away?
Starting your emigration the right way is as simple as calling us on 021 202 8200 or booking an assessment online.
It’s a small step but it’ll garner huge results, because you’ll enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing the best way forward and knowing that you meet the basic requirements of emigrating to New Zealand.
And remember – your initial assessment is free.
There are six New Zealand work visas that allow foreigners to work in the country. Without one of these visas to your name, you won’t be able to legally take up a job.
The visas are unique in that each visa:
- Offers either immediate residency, a pathway to residency or permission to work in New Zealand for a set period of time; and
- Has its own set of requirements.
To find out which visa you qualify for, you’d have to do an emigration assessment with a licensed agent.
Just before we tell you how to do that, let’s have a quick look at the different New Zealand work visas.
1. Skilled Migrant visa
The Skilled Migrant visa is a residency application. It takes into consideration a number of factors, such as your:
- Experience; and
2. New Zealand Partner Work visa
- Your partner must be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident.
- You must also be able to prove that the relationship is stable and committed.
If the visa is granted, you’ll be able to live and work in New Zealand indefinitely.
Pathway to residency
3. Essential Skills Work visa
The Essential Skills Work visa is a temporary residency application. You’ll need a written full-time job offer from a New Zealand employer in order to apply. That’s not all though:
• Your occupation must appear on the Essential Skills list.
• You must have the necessary skills and experience to perform the job functions.
• Your remuneration must be according to the ANZSCO level of your occupation.
Equally important as all this, is that Immigration New Zealand must be satisfied that there are no suitable New Zealanders for the position offered to you.
4. Partner of a New Zealand Work Visa Holder
You can apply for this visa when your partner has:
- Secured a job in New Zealand; or
- Already received a work visa.
Once granted the visa, you’ll be able to work in New Zealand with any employer in any role.
5. Entrepreneur visa
This is the visa for you if you want to work in your own business in New Zealand. This means:
- Starting a business; or
- Buying into an existing business.
Once you’ve reached either 6 months or 2 years of residency, you’ll be able to apply under the Entrepreneur Residence category for permanent residency.
Permission to work in New Zealand for a set period of time
6. Specific Purpose Work visa
This visa offers a number of options for specific tasks or events in New Zealand. These include:
- Short-term assignments for your company.
- Longer term secondments.
- Specific events.
Please note that you are not allowed to conduct any work in New Zealand that attracts any form of benefit without a visa.
Doing an eligibility assessment for New Zealand work visas
Now that we’ve covered the visas, let’s chat about getting an assessment done.
You have to ensure that it’s done by an immigration adviser licensed by the New Zealand Immigration Adviser Authority (IAA). Only licensed, or exempt, advisers are permitted to give advice on emigration to New Zealand.
New Zealand offers 6 work visas which give you immediate residency, a pathway to residency or permission to work in country for a set period of time, depending on the visa you qualify for.
Each of the New Zealand work visas has its own set of requirements and you’ll only know if you qualify for a visa, and which one you qualify for, once you’ve done an immigration assessment.
To ensure you get the correct advice, only deal with licensed advisers. It could mean the difference between actually getting to work in Australia and simply spending money on a dream that’s not possible.