All the information you need about working in New Zealand, from the work visas that are available to tips for finding and securing a job.
The COVID-19 pandemic pushed New Zealand’s economy into its worst recession in 33 years. Despite this, employment and career site SEEK recently reported that some industries are showing positive signs of growth compared to when the pandemic first hit.
SEEK found this when they collated data from July to August 2020 and compared it to data from March to April 2020. From this data, SEEK identified the top five industries in New Zealand for job ad growth at the moment as well as the 30 fastest-growing jobs in the country.
These were their findings:
1. Top five industries for job ad growth
|Sports and Recreation||125%|
|Farming, Animals and Conservation||83%|
|Consulting and Strategy||76%|
|Hospitality and Tourism||74%|
Hospitality and tourism was one of the country’s hardest-hit industries, so it’s encouraging to see it in this top five. We think it’s safe to say that this performance is thanks to New Zealand’s swift COVID-19 response that has enabled the country to go back to ‘normal’ faster than just about every other nation in the world.
The 30 fastest-growing jobs
|Industry||Role||Job Ad Growth|
|Government and Defence||Government Advisor||108%|
|Healthcare and Medical||Physiotherapist||101%|
|Manufacturing, Transport and Logistics||Storeperson||94%|
|Information and Communication Technology||Project Manager||82%|
|Community Services and Development||Social Worker||71%|
|Hospitality and Tourism||Chef||70%|
|Healthcare and Medical||Registered Nurse||56%|
|Trades and Services||Labourer||52%|
|Administration and Office Support||Receptionist||52%|
|Community Services and Development||Aged and Disability Support Worker||50%|
|Real Estate and Property||Residential Real Estate Sales||48%|
|Healthcare and Medical||Psychologist||32%|
|Sales||Business Development Manager||32%|
|Manufacturing, Transport and Logistics||Drivers||29%|
|Information and Communication Technology||Developer||28%|
|Administration and Office Support||Administrator||27%|
|Administration and Office Support||Executive Assistant||25%|
|Retail and Consumer Products||Merchandiser||17%|
|Administration and Office Support||Personal Assistant||16%|
|Retail and Consumer Products||Store Manager||16%|
|Administration and Office Support||Office Administrator||15%|
|Trades and Services||Cleaner||14%|
|Manufacturing, Transport and Logistics||Machine Operator||13%|
|Information and Communication Technology||Software Engineer||11%|
|Trades and Services||Carpenter||9%|
New Zealand recently had a federal election which explains the appearance of government advisor roles in the top spot. Storeperson roles, in at number three, are most likely on the rise due to changes in consumer behaviour. The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed many consumers to shopping online which means warehouses are busier than ever and in need of fast, efficient workers to get orders out the door.
But border restrictions are still in place, we hear you say
Yes, New Zealand’s border restrictions are still in place and still affect a lot of people. However, the fact that the job market is recovering is a positive sign of things to come. It means New Zealand’s economy and the country is a whole is starting to recover.
Another sure sign of this is the fact that New Zealand has already opened its borders to some critical workers. So, don’t put your dreams on hold! If you’re serious about moving to New Zealand, continue making it happen.
New Zealand is a dream immigration destination for many people looking for a better life. Unfortunately, some migrants go there and then find themselves working for a boss who exploits them.
These employers are in the minority, but the New Zealand Government has had enough. The Government has now committed to spending NZ$50 million over the next four years to introduce changes that’ll reduce the risk of exploitation in the workplace.
Changes implemented will prevent worker exploitation, protect temporary migrant workers and deter employer non-compliance
Temporary New Zealand work visas are tied to specific employers. This makes it near impossible for migrants to leave exploitative situations.
To enable migrants to leave these situations without negatively affecting their immigration status, the Government has undertaken to create a new temporary work visa for this purpose.
The Government will also set up a free telephone number and reporting services to receive and handle complaints about exploitative work situations. This will ensure that there is a dedicate focus on dealing with complaints. It will also help build a better understanding of the nature and scale of the problem.
In tandem with these change, the Government will set higher standards for franchises, labour hire companies and similar businesses where migrant exploitation often occurs.
Further to this, the Government wants to:
- Disqualify employers convicted of migrant exploitation from managing or directing a company
- Prevent exploitative employers from accessing migrant labour in the future
- Establish new immigration and employment infringement offences targeting non-compliant employer behavior
Government will launch an awareness campaign to support the changes
Protecting migrant workers will also require that temporary workers know their rights and that employers are aware of their obligations.
To achieve both of these goals, the Government will launch an awareness campaign to educate both migrant workers and employers on labour matters.
At the same time, the Government will also make the general public aware of migrant exploitation. This, we suspect, to empower the public to assist in the fight against workers being taken advantage of by employers.
Employment rights continued to be enforced in the meantime
While the Government is implementing these changes, the relevant labour departments will continue to enforce and monitor existing employment rights in workplaces across New Zealand. This includes rights like minimum wages and leave entitlements.
The New Zealand Government has decided to crack down on exploitative employers. The goal is to create better work environments for temporary migrant workers.
In order to achieve this goal, a number of changes will be implemented over the next four years. These changes aim to protect migrant workers while holding New Zealand employers accountable for their actions.
It’s almost guaranteed that you’ve come across the phrase ‘New Zealand skills shortage list’ in your emigration research.
But what is it? And what role does it play in your emigration? These are the types of questions we’d like to answer for you today.
What is the New Zealand skill shortage list?
The first thing you should know is that there are three skill shortage lists, not just one:
- Long Term Skills Shortage List (LTSSL)
- Regional Skill Shortage List (RSSL)
- Construction and Infrastructure Skill Shortage List (CISSL)
Collectively, these lists are called the Essential Skills in Demand Lists (ESID). Individually, each list is a record of occupations experiencing a shortage of skilled workers in New Zealand.
What role does the skill shortage lists play in my emigration?
We’ll let Immigration New Zealand explain: “If you’re offered a job that’s on one of the lists, and you’ve got the qualifications and experience to match, getting a work or residence visa may be easier.”
How do the lists work?
If your occupation is on a shortage list, the position you’re offered won’t have to be subjected to an individual labour market test.
This means the New Zealand employer doesn’t have to demonstrate that the company couldn’t find suitable New Zealanders to fill the position or to train for the position.
Thus, if the position you’re offered is on a skill shortage lists it means suitable New Zealanders are hard to find and a visa can be granted to a qualified worker from overseas.
This makes the application process easier for both you and your prospective employer.
The three skills shortage lists
As explained, there are three skills shortage lists. Each list offers the opportunity to qualify for a certain visa or visas.
1. Long Term Skills Shortage List (LTSSL)
The Long Term Skills Shortage List identifies occupations where there is a sustained and on-going shortage of highly skilled workers throughout New Zealand.
In other words, your occupation is in demand not just now but also for the foreseeable future.
What visas can you apply for?
If you’re offered a position in an occupation that’s on the LTSSL and you meet the requirements associated with the occupation, you’ll be eligible to apply for either an Essential Skills Work Visa or for a Long Term Skills Shortage List work visa:
- Essential Skills Work Visa: The Essential Skills Work Visa is a temporary work visa. In certain cases, going on to apply for permanent residency is possible. It would be best to discuss your eligibility with your immigration advisor at the time of making your temporary visa application.
- LTSSL Work Visa: If you obtain a LTSSL Work Visa, you’ll be eligible to apply for residence after two years of working. This is provided that you can also meet these important requirements:
- You have ongoing employment
- You annual salary is at least NZ$45,000
2. Regional Skilled Shortage List (RSSL)
The Regional Skilled Shortage List (RSSL) identifies 15 regions with occupations that have an immediate shortage of skilled workers. This gives migrants a better idea about opportunities in regional areas.
What visas can you apply for?
If your occupation, qualifications and experience appear on the RSSL, you may be eligible for to apply for an Essential Skills Work Visa.
3. Construction and Infrastructure Skill Shortage List (CISSL)
The Construction and Infrastructure Skill Shortage List also contains immediate short-term skills shortages but these shortages are specific to the construction industry. The CISSL is divided into the same 15 regions as the RSSL.
What visas can you apply for?
If your occupation, qualifications and experience appear on the CISSL, you may be eligible for to apply for an Essential Skills Work Visa.
How does Immigration New Zealand decide on the occupations on these lists?
New Zealand’s Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) reviews the Essential Skills in Demand Lists regularly, with contributions from industry groups. During these reviews the MBIE decide if any occupations should be:
- Added or removed from a list; or
- Moved to another list.
The first step in the process is selecting occupations for review. Once this has been done, submissions on nominated occupations are invited from industry groups.
The last step is the MBIE deciding on the changes and publishing the new lists.
What if your occupation is not the Essential Skills in Demand Lists?
You still have options if you want to work in New Zealand!
1. Essential Skills Work Visa with motivation from an employer and a labour market test
You could still apply for an Essential Skills Work Visa, even if your occupation doesn’t appear on the Essential Skills in Demand Lists.
To do this, your prospective employer must motivate why they should be allowed to employ a foreigner.
The employer will also have to submit to a labour market test. This means the New Zealand employer must demonstrate that the company advertised the position and could not find a New Zealand citizen or resident to fill the position you’re being offered.
The requirements associated with the labour market test will depend on whether the position is deemed high-skilled or low-skilled:
- High-skilled positions:
- Motivational statement
- The text for the job advert
- Details of where and for how long the advert ran for
- Low-skilled positions:
- A Skills Match Report from Work and Income
- Proof of advertising the role
- Motivational statement
- Proof there are no New Zealanders available to do the work
- Proof there are no New Zealanders who they believe are suitable for the role
From your side, you’d have to be able to prove that you have the skills, qualifications and experience to do the job. You’d also have to obtain professional or trade registrations if applicable.
2. Skilled Migrant Visa
Don’t forget about the Skilled Migrant Visa! This is a highly coveted work visa among migrants because it offers immediate permanent residency to the visa holder. The criteria is strict though!
You’ll have to:
- Be under the age of 55
- Have your skills, experience and qualifications assessed as skilled
- Have an offer of skilled employment
- Meet New Zealand’s health and character requirements
- Meet the minimum English language requirements
3. Other visas that allow you to work
Want to find out if your occupation appear on a skill shortage list?
You can do a search for your occupation on Immigration New Zealand’s website, but your occupation appearing on a skill shortage list is not the full picture. You still have to meet all the other requirements to qualify for a work visa.
If you want to know if you can apply for a work visa, we can help you get to the answer by doing an immigration assessment with you.
You can take the first step right now by booking an initial immigration assessment. This initial assessment is free and non-obligatory!
There are three Essential Skills in Demand Lists namely the Long Term Skills Shortage List, the Regional Skills Shortage List and the Construction and Infrastructure Skill Shortage List.
These lists identify skills shortage areas in New Zealand and serve as records of the specific occupations in need.
Your occupation appearing on a skills list is a good sign, but it’s only the first piece of the puzzle. This is why doing an immigration eligibility assessment is always a good way to start your immigration journey!
There are six New Zealand work visas that allow migrants to work in the country. Without one of these visas to your name, you won’t be able to legally take up a job.
Each of the six visas is unique, with its own set of requirements, and offers either immediate residency, a pathway to residency or permission to work in New Zealand for a specific purpose or event.
To find out which visa you qualify for, you’d have to do an immigration 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.
The Skilled Migrant visa and the partner visa offer immediate residency, i.e. you’re granted permanent resident status if you’re visa application is successful.
1. Skilled Migrant visa
The Skilled Migrant visa allows you to work in New Zealand, but only if you can meet these criteria:
- You’re 55 or younger
- Your occupation is on a skills shortage list
- Your skills, experience and qualifications satisfy INZ’s requirements for your occupation
- You have a job offer from a New Zealand employer
- You meet the minimum English language requirements
You’ll also have to score at least 160 points in your assessment to receive an Invitation to Apply from Immigration New Zealand. This invitation is your chance to make a formal skilled migrant application.
It’s important to note that getting an Invitation to Apply does not automatically mean that your application for a Skilled Migrant will be successful. Immigration New Zealand could still turn down your visa application.
Read more about the Skilled Migrant visa here.
2. Partner visa
The Partner visa is not a work visa but it extends many rights to visa holders and the ability to work in New Zealand is one of those rights.
To apply for a Partner visa, you and your New Zealand partner must be married or in a civil union or a de facto relationship.
Further to this:
- Your partner must be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident.
- You and your partner must be able to prove that the relationship is stable and committed.
If Immigration New Zealand finds that your relationship is genuine and that you meet all the other requirements, you’ll be able to apply for a partner visa.
You’ll also be able to include dependent children up to the age of 24 in your application.
Read more about the Partner visa here.
Pathway to residency
As the title suggests, the visas that fall under this category serves as a pathway to residency.
In other words, you’re recognised as a temporary resident when you hold any of these visas. However, you could be able apply to for permanent residency later on if you meet the requirements.
3. Essential Skills Work visa
The Essential Skills Work visa enables you to work in New Zealand but only if the below is true:
- Your occupation is on the Essential Skills list
- You have the necessary skills and experience to perform the job’s functions
- You have a full-time job offer from a New Zealand employer
- Your prospective employer can prove to INZ that the company could not find a suitable New Zealander to fill the position you’re being offered
- Your remuneration is according to the ANZSCO level of your occupation
Just like with the Skilled Migrant visa, you must also complete a points’ assessment as part of the Essential Skills Work visa application process.
In order to submit an Expression of Interest and receive an Invitation to Apply from INZ, you’ll have to score at least 100 points.
Read more about the Essential Skills Work visa here.
4. Partner of a New Zealand Work Visa Holder
You’d obviously want to go with your partner to New Zealand if he or she decides to immigrate. You can do this by applying for the partner visa that’s specifically for partners of work visa holders.
A partner visa not only allows you to join your partner in New Zealand, it also allows you to work while you live in the country.
To meet the requirement of this visa, your partnership must be one of the following:
- Civil union
- De facto relationship
Immigration New Zealand would also want to see that your partnership is genuine. To judge this, INZ will consider all of the below:
- How long you’ve been together and how long you’ve been living together as a couple
- Whether you support each other financially and how you share financial responsibilities
- Property that you may own or share together
- If you have any children together
- Whether other people recognise your relationship or not
Read more about the Partner of a New Zealand Work Visa Holder Visa here.
5. Entrepreneur visa
The Entrepreneur visa is the one for you if you want to work in your own business in New Zealand. This could mean either of the following situations:
- Starting a business; or
- Buying into an existing business.
The visa is split into two stages:
- Start-Up: An initial 1 year period during which you have to set up or buy into a New Zealand business.
- Balance: A further 2 year period is granted if you can prove you have established your business.
To apply for an Entrepreneur visa, you’d need the following:
- NZ$100,000 minimum investment capital, unless your business is in the IT or science sectors. INZ allows for waiver applications of the investment amount for these industries.
- Comprehensive business plan
- Good business character – Immigration New Zealand will review any cases of business failure, fraud and bankruptcy
- You score at least 120 points in your assessment
- You meet the English language requirements
Read more about the Entrepreneur work visa here.
Permission to work in New Zealand for a set period of time
Sometimes your visa need is not for immigration, but for a short work or business trip instead. In this case, you’d have to apply for a visa that allows for the specific purpose of your visit to New Zealand.
6. Specific Purpose Work visa
When you need to go to New Zealand for a specific purpose or event, you’ll apply for a Specific Purpose Work visa.
Such purposes or events could be, for example, a short-term assignment for your company, working on a film set, installing or servicing specialized equipment, judging a show or exhibition or going to New Zealand to referee sports matches.
In short, any work that would attract any form of a benefit – whether that’s a salary, housing, food or any other form of benefit or remuneration.
You would need to prove the following when you submit a visa application:
- You genuinely need the work visa for the time period requested
- You have enough funds to support yourself for the period of the work visa
- It is your intention to leave New Zealand at the end of the work visa’s validity
Read more about the Specific Purpose Work visa here.
Now let’s chat about assessments…
As we said right at the start, you can discover your best work visa option for New Zealand with an immigration assessment.
Such an assessment will take into consideration all of the necessary information about your personal profile to determine which New Zealand work visa you can apply for.
There are online assessments available but it is best to get a licensed immigration advisor to this assessment with you.
Online assessments often don’t ask the probing questions necessary to accurately determine your eligibility for any of the New Zealand work visas.
So where do you find licensed advisors? On the website of the New Zealand Immigration Adviser Authority (IAA). You can rest assured that advisors who appear here are licensed and held accountable for the advice dispensed.
Intergate’s licensed advisors
Sarah Hewitt is our New Zealand expert and you can book a free initial assessment with her on our website.
New Zealand offers 6 work visas that offer 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 New Zealand and spending money on a dream that’s not possible.
The New Zealand immigration points system is a pivotal part of your move to New Zealand as a skilled migrant. As such, it’s vital to understand how this system works and how you go about getting your points score.
Let’s start at the beginning though – what exactly is the New Zealand immigration points system?
What is the New Zealand immigration points system?
The New Zealand Immigration points system is one of the tools that Immigration New Zealand use in assessing whether or not you’re eligible to live and work in New Zealand.
Specifically, the points system is designed to allow the ranking of Expressions of Interest which enables Immigration New Zealand to extend Invitations to Apply to overseas applicants who have the most to offer to New Zealand.
How does the points system work?
The New Zealand points system judge your eligibility to live and work in New Zealand by awarding points for factors such as your age, whether or not you have a job offer, previous work experience, qualifications and your partner’s points score.
How many points must you get?
To apply for a Skilled Migrant visa, you must score at least 160 points. Due to this, your chances of successfully obtaining a skilled migrant visa will inevitably require that you have a job offer in place.
If you do not manage to score 160 points but you do score at least 100 points, in other words anywhere from 100 to 159 points, you’ll instead be eligible for an Essential Skills Work visa.
The main difference between these two work visas are the residency it offers. The Essential Skills Work Visa offers temporary residency while the Skilled Migrant visa offers permanent residency.
How does Immigration New Zealand award points?
Immigration New Zealand awards points under five categories:
- Skilled Employment
- Relevant Work Experience
- Your Partner’s Score
It is possible to score bonus points in certain categories. Before we get there, however let’s start with the age category and then we’ll work through all five categories as listed above.
- 30 points: 20-39 years
- 20 points: 40-44 years
- 10 points: 45-49 years
- 5 points: 50-55 years
Please note: You will not qualify if you’re older than 55.
2. Skilled employment
- 50 points: If you have an offer of skilled employment in New Zealand.
- 50 points: If you are currently employed in a skilled occupation in New Zealand.
Skilled employment means employment for which you need specialist, technical or management expertise as well as relevant qualifications and/or work experience to do. It may also be that a minimum pay threshold applies.
Under the Skilled Migrant Category, you can claim points for skilled employment based on a job you’re currently in, or a job offer you have received.
- 10 points where you are:
- In an occupation in an area of absolute skills shortage, or
- Employed in work in a region outside Auckland
- 20 points if:
- Your income is more than twice the New Zealand median income.
- Your partner also has a skilled job or job offer.
3. Relevant work experience
- 10 points: 2 years
- 20 points: 4 years
- 30 points: 6 years
- 40 points: 8 years
- 50 points: 10 years
- 10 points:
- 12 months or more
- And if the work experience in an area of absolute skills shortage bonus points as follows
- 10 points: 2 to 5 years
- 15 points: 6 or more years
- 40 points: Recognised level 4-6 qualification (e.g. trade qualification, diploma) or Level 3 qualification on the List of Qualifications Exempt from Assessment.
- 50 points: Recognised level 7 or 8 qualification (e.g. bachelor degree, bachelor degree with honours)
- 70 points: Recognised level 9 or 10 post-graduate qualification (master’s degree, doctorate)
A recognised qualification is one that’s recognised based on:
- An assessment by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority of the level it occupies on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF).
- The level it occupies on the NZQF as set out in the ‘List of Qualifications Exempt from Assessment’.
The level it occupies on the NZQF based on the applicant’s occupational registration in New Zealand (if that registration involves an assessment of comparability with a qualification on the ‘List of Qualifications Exempt from Assessment’)
- 10 points for either:
- Two years full-time study in New Zealand completing a recognised NZ bachelor degree.
- One year of full-time study in New Zealand completing a recognised NZ post-graduate qualification.
- 15 points:
- Two years of full-time study in New Zealand completing a recognised post-graduate NZ qualification.
5. Your partner’s score
- 10 points: Your partner holds a level 7-8 qualification.
- 20 points: Your partner holds a recognised post-graduate (level 9-10) qualification.
What does your points score tell you?
Your skilled migrant points score not only acts as an indicator to Immigration New Zealand. Your points score also sets out your migration pathway. It does this by revealing three things:
- Whether or not you qualify for a skilled migrant visa.
- If you do not qualify, what other visa options you could pursue.
- The processes you must follow with your application.
Please keep in mind though that eligibility for a skilled migrant visa does not solely depend on your points score. In addition to achieving the necessary points, you must also meet certain basic criteria such being in good health and of good character.
A word of warning
You’ll find many free tools online that offer to help you calculate your skilled migrant points score.
Tread carefully though! Online tools are often nothing more than a series of yes or no questions. Few have detailed descriptions of requirements or provide guidance on the more intricate parts of the immigration act.
You could thus easily get the wrong points score which could mean that you waste money, build up false hopes and perhaps even miss your chance of immigrating to New Zealand.
Instead of relying on an online calculator, rather get a licensed advisor to calculate your points score for you. A licensed advisor who are up to date with Immigration New Zealand’s requirements will ask you the right questions and request additional information where necessary to calculate your points score.
Get assistance and get the correct score
Intergate Emigration has not one but three licensed immigration advisors to assist you with your visa application from start to finish. This includes explaining how the points system work and calculating your New Zealand points score.
All you have to do to get started is book an initial immigration consultation. During this consultation, our licensed immigration advisor will take you through the immigration process and how we can assist you. You’ll also have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.
What are you waiting for? Contact us today to get the ball rolling!
ANZSCO. You may think this is just another immigration acronym, but you’d be wrong. ANZSCO plays a major role in your immigration if you’re applying under the skilled migrant category.
In fact, you’re more than likely not going to be able to apply for a work visa if you can’t meet ANZSCO’s requirements.
For this reason, it’s important to understand all that ANZSCO entails. While there is a lot of information to know, you really only need to know the four facts below to put yourself in a much better position than most people.
1. ANZSCO is the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations
ANZSCO stands for Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations. It is a system that’s used within the skilled migration programs to set guidelines for the skills and work experience visa applicants must meet to work in specific occupations in Australia or New Zealand.
2. ANZSCO sets skills and work experience standards for the skilled migrant category
As explained above, ANZSCO sets skills and work experience standards for occupations that fall under the skilled migrant category. Further to this, ANZSCO sets out the tasks under each occupation that visa applicants must be able to perform as part of their everyday duties.
What all of the above means is that ANZSCO determines the most important requirements you must meet in order to qualify to apply for a skilled migrant residence and temporary work visa.
The immigration officer assessing your visa application will compare your skills, experience and job duties with those under your occupation on ANZSCO to help her or him come to a decision on your visa application. If you don’t meet all of the requirements, your visa application may be declined.
Let’s look at an example
Let’s assume you’re a chemical engineer for which the ANZSCO code is 233111. According to this code, you must meet these criteria:
- Skill level 1: Bachelor degree or higher. In some instances, experience and/or on-the-job training may also be required.
- Job description: Designs and prepares specifications for chemical process systems and the construction and operation of commercial-scale chemical plants, and supervises industrial processing and fabrication of products undergoing physical and chemical changes.
- Preparing designs for chemical process systems and planning control systems for processes such as those used to remove and separate components, effect chemical changes, test and evaluate fuels, transfer heat, and control the storing and handling of solids, liquids and gases
- Monitoring the operation and maintenance of equipment to achieve maximum efficiency under safe operating conditions
- Ensuring correct materials and equipment are used and that they conform to specifications
- Diagnosing malfunctions in chemical plants and instituting remedial action
- Studying product utilisation and pollution control problems
- Reviewing plans for new products and submitting material selection recommendations in accordance with design specifications and factors such as strength, weight and cost
- Planning and implementing laboratory operations to develop new materials and fabrication procedures for new materials to fulfil production cost and performance standards
- Conferring with producers of materials during the investigation and evaluation of materials suitable for specific product applications
- Reviewing product failure data and implementing laboratory tests to establish or reject possible causes, and advising on ways to overcome any problems
The immigration officer assessing your application would thus want to see from your CV and official statement of service that you have the relevant qualification and experience to work as a chemical engineer in New Zealand.
Furthermore, the officer would want to see that you can perform most or all of the tasks associated with chemical engineers.
3. There are 5 skill levels within ANZSCO
In ANZSCO, skill level is used as an additional differentiator for occupations. Each occupation’s skill level is derived from the range and complexity of tasks associated with the occupation.
How many skill levels are there?
There are five skill levels of which Skill Level 1 is the highest. This means occupations on Skill Level 1 has the greatest range and complexity of tasks. Examples of occupations on Skill Level 1 are audiologists, social workers and surveyors.
Locksmiths, welders and motor mechanics, for instance, are on Skill Level 3. This means these occupations don’t have as many tasks or tasks that are as complex as the occupations on a higher skill level.
Occupations on Skill Level 5 have the smallest range of tasks with the least complexity.
4. You cannot ‘mix and match’ occupations
When applying for a skilled migrant resident or temporary work visa, your occupation and experience must be highly relevant as per the ANZSCO lead statement of the occupation you want to nominate.
Your occupation and experience must also match most of the duties listed. This does however not mean that you or your employer can simply ‘copy and paste’ the ANZSCO description to your application.
Here’s an example of what we mean:
Let’s assume Jane is working as a tutor. Jane might think that she can apply for a visa as a teacher. The job descriptions are similar, after all.
However, many of the tasks associated with teachers on ANZSCO is not performed by tutors. For instance, participating in staff meetings and performing extra-curricular activities such as assisting with sports at the school.
In the same way, a secondary school teacher cannot apply for a visa as a special education teacher. These are in the same profession but are not the same occupation with the same experience.
What if my occupation is not on the ANZSCO list?
There could be two reasons why you can’t find your occupation on ANZSCO:
- Your occupation title is a modern title which was developed more recently. ANZSCO does often not accommodate modern job titles.
- Your occupation is on the list but your job title doesn’t match the occupation title as it appears on ANZSCO. Some occupations are the same when you look at the responsibilities but might not have the same title across the industry. For example, some people call themselves ‘speech-language pathologists’ while others give themselves the title of ‘speech and language therapist’. It’s the same job – speech therapy – but just with another title.
If your occupation does not appear on the ANZSCO list, you should ensure that you:
- look at all other available titles, and
- select the most appropriate job title.
When you do this, you’ll increase the chances of the visa officer being satisfied that you can do ‘most’ of the tasks for the occupation recorded in ANZSCO.
Do you feel you need the assistance of an immigration agent?
You’re always welcome to contact us for assistance. Our immigration advisors are registered and licensed with the IAA in New Zealand. This means you can rest assured that you’ll get advice that you can trust.
You can contact us online or give us a call on +27 (0) 21 202 8200 for a free consultation to see if you stand a chance of qualifying for a general skilled migration visa. If everything points to the fact that you, you can go ahead and do an assessment.
Who knows – perhaps you find yourself living and working in New Zealand soon!
Criteria to emigrate to New Zealand – For skilled workers, partners, parents, students, investors and entrepreneurs
It is no easy feat trying to learn the criteria to emigrate to New Zealand. Kudos to you if you have managed to do that! But if you haven’t yet, don’t waste another minute trying to do it on your own. Just read through our guide below.
What you’ll find on this page is the most important requirements for emigration routes to New Zealand. For ease of reference, the information is broken down into four categories:
- Joining a partner or adult child
- Starting a business
You can read through all sections or jump to the immigration route you’re most interested in. You could also just jump to the end of the blog post to get a short summary of all the main requirements.
If you have any questions at any stage, please do not hesitate contact us. You can call us on +27 (0) 21 202 8200.
Now let’s get started…
1. To work in New Zealand
Is it your dream to live and work in New Zealand? Then you’ll have to meet one of the criteria we discuss below to emigrate.
You must have the skills New Zealand need
To work in New Zealand on a work visa, your occupation must appear on a skilled occupation list or an essential skills list. Further to this, you must have the experience, skills and qualification necessary to do the job.
The reason for this is two-fold. Mainly it’s because there is not enough skilled New Zealanders to fill all the most important job openings in the country. At the same time, though, the New Zealand government wants to be clear about what type of foreign national can be employed. This is to protect the job security of New Zealanders.
However, having the right skills isn’t the only requirement when applying for a work visa. Depending on whether you apply for the skilled migrant visa or the essential skills work visa, you’ll also have to meet these basic criteria to emigrate to New Zealand:
Skilled migrant visa:
To apply for the skilled migrant visa, you must:
- be 55 or younger
- score enough points to submit an Expression of Interest
- have a job offer for skilled employment or be in a skilled job in New Zealand
Please note: Due to the coronavirus pandemic, selections for Expressions of Interest are suspended until further notice.
Essential skills work visa:
To be eligible for the essential skills work visa, you must meet these requirements:
- You have a written full-time job offer from a New Zealand employer
- Immigration New Zealand is satisfied that there aren’t any suitable New Zealanders to fill the position.
- Your salary is according to the ANZSCO level of your occupation.
Or have a New Zealand partner
If you have a spouse or partner who is a New Zealander, you can apply for a partner visa. This visa not only enables you to live in New Zealand but also allows you to work.
For your partnership to be eligible for a partner visa, it’ll have to be one of the following:
- Legal marriage
- Civil union (whether opposite or same sex)
- De facto relationship (whether opposite or same sex)
In all cases the relationship must be of a genuine nature and stable. In other words, you and your partner entered into the relationship with a view of it being exclusive, long term, and likely to last.
In addition to these requirements for your relationship, there are also criteria your partner has to meet. He or she has to prove:
- his or hers New Zealand residence status
- that New Zealand is his or her primary place of residence
- That he or she is an eligible supporting sponsor
Read more about the partner visa.
Or have a partner who’s a work visa holder
When your spouse or partner applies for an Essential Skills Work Visa to New Zealand, it goes without saying that you’d like to join them in New Zealand if the visa gets approved. The good news is that there is partner visa for this purpose. This visa allows you to go to New Zealand with your spouse or partner and also enables you to work.
There are two great positives about this partner visa. For starters, you don’t have to have a job to apply for the visa. Secondly, it is an open visa so you can work for any employer you want to. You’re not tied to any employer and you can move employers as you wish.
Unfortunately, you cannot include dependent children on this visa. Depending on your children’s ages, you’ll have to apply for either the appropriate visitor visa or a student visa.
Read more about this visa.
2. To join a spouse or partner in New Zealand
Sometimes life throws you a massive curve ball. Like falling in love with someone from another country, your spouse being offered a job overseas, or your girlfriend getting accepted for her dream course…at a university 12,000 kilometres away.
In any of these instances, you’d obviously want to join them if you can. The good news is that you can if that destination abroad is New Zealand. That’s because Immigration New Zealand has various visas to keep couples together when one person is heading to their shores.
These visas cater for when your partner is one of the following:
New Zealand citizen or resident
When your spouse or partner is a New Zealand citizen or resident, you can apply for a partner visa. If you’re granted the visa, you’ll enjoy permanent resident status. This means you can live, work and study in New Zealand.
As discussed under the work section, your partnership must be a legal marriage, civil union, or de facto relationship. Furthermore, the relationship must be of a genuine and stable nature.
Read more about the partner visa.
Work visa holder
You can apply for a partner visa if your spouse or partner is applying for or has an Essential Skills Work Visa. If granted the visa, you’ll also get to live and work in New Zealand.
To be eligible for this partner visa, you and your partner must live together in a genuine and stable relationship that is a:
- legal marriage,
- civil union, or
- de facto relationship.
Read more about this visa.
Student in New Zealand
If your partner is going to study in New Zealand, you can join them using a visitor visa that caters specifically for the partners of international students. Once in New Zealand, you can explore the country as a tourist but also study for up to three months.
To be eligible to join your partner, your relationship must be a legal marriage, civil union or de facto relationship. Qualifying for this partner visa is about more than just your relationship, though. You’ll also have to prove that you can support yourself financially during your stay in New Zealand.
Read more about this visa.
3. To join your adult children in New Zealand
Let’s be honest – the children you actually want to join in New Zealand are your grandchildren. Watching them grow up over Skype is just not the same as holding and hugging them every day!
Luckily, you can immigrate to New Zealand to live with your grandchildren (and children) permanently – but you’ll have to meet this criteria:
Your child must be a New Zealand citizen or resident
The parent retirement visa lets you join your adult child in New Zealand. To be eligible, your child must be a New Zealand citizen or resident.
However, having an adult child is not the only criteria you’ll have to meet to emigrate to New Zealand. You’ll also have to:
- prove an annual income of NZD60,000
- invest NZD1 million in New Zealand for four years, and
- prove that you have another NZD500,000 to live on.
If you can meet all of these requirements and you do get the visa, you’ll be eligible for permanent residence after the four-year investment period.
There is also a parent and grandparent visitors visa that you can apply for. This is a three-year multiple entry visa and allows for stays of up to 6 months at a time.
Read more about the parent retirement visa instead.
4. To start your own business or invest in an existing business
It should come as no surprise that you’ll have to have finances and sharp business acumen to start or buy into a business in New Zealand:
Capital, a business plan, good business character, and enough points
To emigrate to New Zealand as an entrepreneur, you’ll first and foremost need a minimum of NZ$100,000, which does not include working capital. The only industries exempt from this requirement is IT and science.
Secondly, you’ll need a comprehensive business plan that shows that the business will add value to New Zealand and can succeed.
Thirdly, you must be able to prove that you have ‘good business character’. To evaluate your business character, INZ will review any instances of business failure, fraud and bankruptcy.
Finally, you must score enough points in your assessment. If you don’t, you may have to explore other visa options.
Read more about the entrepreneur visa.
5. To obtain New Zealand residence through making a financial investment
Are you looking for a residency by investment route into New Zealand? Then you’re at the right place. New Zealand has two investor visas. The main criteria is that:
You must invest at least NZ$1.5 million for four years
New Zealand has two investor visas: the Investor visa and the Investor Plus visa. For the former, you’ll have to a minimum of NZ$1.5 million for four years. For the Investor Plus visa, you’ll have to invest at least NZ$10 million for three years.
In addition to the financial criteria, you’ll also have to meet the following requirements to apply for the Investor visa:
- You’re 65 or younger.
- You can only invest in acceptable New Zealand investments.
- The investments must made through the New Zealand banking systems and must be from a validated source.
- You must have settlement funds of NZ$1 million available to prove that you can support yourself.
- You’ll have to demonstrate three years of business experience in:
- owning a business or being in a senior management position,
- within a business with an annual turnover of at least NZ$1 million, and
- with at least five full-time staff members.
- You have to spend at least 146 days of the last three years of your visa in New Zealand.
- You have to score enough points in your points test.
To apply for the Investor Plus visa instead, you’ll have to meet these criteria to emigrate to New Zealand:
- The investment must be in an acceptable New Zealand investment.
- The investment must come through the New Zealand banking system from a validated source.
- You must spend at least 44 days of the last three years of your visa in New Zealand.
You do not have to prove settlement funds or business experience, and you can apply for the Investor Plus visa at any age. Furthermore, you do not have to do a points test.
Read more about the investor visas.
6. To study in New Zealand
There’s no reason why you wouldn’t want to study in New Zealand! You’ll get to explore some of the most beautiful spots on our planet, live in the second safest country in the world, and get a world-class education.
You must have been accepted by an appropriate New Zealand educational provider
To join thousands of international students already in New Zealand, you’ll have to get accepted by an appropriate New Zealand educational provider. Their letter of acceptance must include:
- the name and contact details of the educational provider
- the course you’ll be attending and the duration of the course
- proof that your course and the educational provider meet New Zealand’s requirements
- the cost of the course and, if the course if longer than one year, the annual tuition fee
- the details of the person who’ll pay the tuition fees
- if the course if full time or part time
- confirmation of meeting the requirements under the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students
This is not all, though. You’ll also have to:
- have medical and travel insurance,
- prove that you can support yourself financially during your studies
- prove that you have the means to leave New Zealand once you’re done studying
Read more about the study visa.
Recapping the criteria to emigrate to New Zealand
There are many ways to make living, working, running a business or studying in New Zealand a reality. That is, if you can meet the requirements to do so:
- Work: The required skills, a New Zealand partner, or a partner with a work visa
- Joining your partner: A New Zealand partner, a partner with a work visa, or a partner with a study visa
- Joining your children: An adult child who is a New Zealand citizen or resident.
- Running a business: Capital, a business plan, good business character, and enough points
- Investing to get residence: Invest at least NZ$1.5 million for four years
- Studying: Acceptance from a recognised New Zealand educational provider
Want to find out if you meet the requirements to apply for any of these visas?
Qualifying for a visa is not as easy as ticking a couple of boxes. There are many factors that could influence your eligibility to immigrate. Your health, for instance. Most online assessments won’t take all of the necessary factors into consideration. A licensed advisor, however, will most certainly do so.
To speak to one of our licensed immigration advisors, please book an initial assessment online. This initial assessment is free and you’re under no obligation to use our services once you’ve done this assessment.
We also guarantee that you’ll get feedback within 1 hour. So within 60 minutes of completing your initial assessment, you’ll know if you stand a chance to emigrate to New Zealand.
What are you waiting for? Book your initial assessment right away!
Want to increase your chances of getting a job in New Zealand? Work with New Zealand job agencies. These agencies have recruiters with the contacts, know-how, and industry knowledge to secure you a job.
10 of New Zealand’s top recruiters
Adecco has offices in 16 cities across New Zealand. Their recruiters can assist with jobs for a wide range of industries, including engineering, constructions, and sales and marketing.
2. Advanced Personnel
Advanced Personnel is a recruitment agency that places people across a range of industries including engineering, manufacturing, infrastructure and construction, food processing and logistics, hospitality, business support and IT. The group has offices in Christchurch, Auckland North Shore and Manukau, Hamilton, Nelson, and Invercargill.
3. Drake New Zealand
Drake New Zealand can connect you with jobs in several industries, ranging from healthcare and IT to engineering and education. These recruiters have 11 offices across New Zealand. You can sign up for job alerts on the website and access career advice too.
4. Enterprise Recruitment
Enterprise is divided into four specialists division – Information Technology, Business Support, Professional, and Industrial. Each division offers dedicated expertise and knowledge. You can find Enterprise in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, and Invercargill.
Fosterra works specifically with technically-orientated companies on the South Island. They specialize in Senior Management, Sales and Marketing and most types of technical professional. Fosterra’s office is in Christchurch.
6. HQ Recruiting
HQ Recruiting has two offices, one in Auckland and one in Wellington. They work with candidates in early childhood education, transport, and IT.
OCG offer recruitment solutions across for the HR, technology, manufacturing and industrial industries. They have offices in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. You’ll find a career support section on the website, where OCG gives you advice on your resume, interviews, and job hunting.
8. Superior Personnel
Superior Personnel connects job seekers with opportunities in Auckland, Waikato and Bay of Plenty. The team specializes in manufacturing, freight and logistics, infrastructure, specialist trades and clerical roles.
As the name suggest, Tradestaff provides recruitment services for the trades and industrial sectors. They have 11 offices across New Zealand, each with a unique understanding of their geographic area.
10. Also visit New Kiwis
New Kiwis is not a job agency, it is a free employment service to migrant job seekers and Zealand employers. Applicants can upload their CVs and search the job section, while employers use the site to search for candidates and post vacancies. You can thank the Auckland Chamber of Commerce and Immigration New Zealand (MBIE) for this initiative.
Here’s how a recruiter can help you
- New Zealand job agencies are experts on the New Zealand job market. You’ll get insider information and tips to help you succeed in your job search.
- Recruiters often know about jobs that are not being advertised on job boards or social media.
- Specialist agencies in your industry are already connected with the companies you should approach.
- Recruiters can also help you with your CV and give advice on your career path.
- When you apply for a job, the recruiter follows up on your application. This means you don’t have to and you get regular feedback on your application.
- Using a recruiter is free!
New Zealand employers often use recruiters to screen candidates, especially for specialist and high-level jobs. Our advice is thus to seriously consider using a job agency! Not only for this reason, but also the 6 reasons we list above. With a recruiter by your side, especially when you’re job hunting before you emigrate, you have a much bigger chance of finding the perfect job.
Please note: Intergate Emigration is not affiliated or associated with any of the job agencies listed above.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics and Statistics New Zealand released a new version of ANZSCO on Wednesday, 30 October. INZ will continue to use the previous version until the middle of 2020, although not for every occupation.
What is changing?
The updated version of the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) is Version 1.3. This version sees the government adding 44 jobs to those deemed to be ‘skilled’ for the purposes of a Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa application.
When does ANZSCO Version 1.3 come into effect?
New Zealand will continue to use the current version of ANZSCO in the assessment of most applications until mid-2020. In mid-2020, Version 1.3 will then kick in.
How does Version 1.3 affect visa applications?
At the moment, New Zealand uses a combination of ANZSCO classification and pay to determine skill band levels. From next year, when ANZSCO Version 1.3 comes into effect, New Zealand will no longer use ANZSCO to assess the skill level of jobs for the Essential Skills Work Visa. Until then, New Zealand uses Version 2.1 to assess occupations.
Some occupations will be treated as an exception
As mentioned, New Zealand will continue to use ANZSCO Version 1.2 until mid-2020. However, New Zealand will treat some occupations as exceptions. Exceptions will apply to occupations that are:
- Low-skilled – Skill level 4 to 50 in ANZSCO Version 1.2.
- Skilled – Skill level 1 to 3 in ANZSCO Version 1.3, and
- The visa applicant earns at least the New Zealand median income, which is currently at NZD25 per hour.
New Zealand will treat these occupations as if it is ANZSCO skill level 1 to 3.
You can find a list of ANZSCO occupations that’ll be treated as exceptions on INZ’s website.
What does the change in ANZSCO list mean for visa applicants?
There are a couple of scenarios for visa applicants:
- You hold already hold a work visa: The skill level of your job remain the same for the duration of your visa.
- You apply before mid-2020:
- Your occupation is not on the exceptions list: New Zealand will use ANZSCO Version 1.2 to assess your visa application.
- Your occupation is on the exceptions list: New Zealand will treat your occupation as if it were skill level 3, if your job pays above the New Zealand median income or use ANZSCO Version 1.2 to assess your application, if your job pays below the New Zealand median income.
- You apply after mid-2020:
- For an Essential Skills Work Visa: New Zealand will no longer use ANSCO to assess the skill level of your jobs.
- For a Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa: New Zealand will use ANZSCO Version 1.3 to assess the skill level of your jobs.
Want to know when exactly ANZSCO Version 1.3 comes into affect in 2020?
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Immigration New Zealand is making many changes to their immigration program from now until 2021. The first of the changes are coming into effect in a couple of days on 7 October.
The rest of the changes are planned for 2020 and 2021. We’re going to detail these changes below.
Changes in 2020
There are two changes coming in 2020:
- Family visas for low-skilled Essential Skills Work Visa holders.
- Determining if a job is low-skilled or high-skilled.
Family visas for low-skilled Essential Skills Work Visa holders
From mid-2020, Essential Skills Work Visa holders on low-skilled jobs will be able to support family visas. Their partners and children younger than school age will be able to apply for visitor visas for the duration of the work visa. School-going children will be able to apply for student visas.
Determining if a job is low-skilled or high-skilled
Immigration New Zealand is going to change how it’s decided if a job is low-skilled or high-skilled. Currently, jobs under the Essential Skills Work visa are assigned a skill band based on a combination of the pay and the categorisation of the job on ANZSCO.
From mid-2020, INZ will not use ANZSCO and instead use only the rate of pay. High-paid jobs will be defined as jobs that pay at or above the median wage, while low-paid jobs will be jobs that pay below the median wage.
High-paid jobs will receive the same benefits as jobs that are currently categorized as mid-skilled or high-skilled, and low-paid jobs will be treated the same as low-skilled jobs.
Changes in 2021
There is one big change coming in 2021:
New temporary work visa will replace 6 existing visas
From 2021, a new temporary work visa will replace six existing visas:
- Essential Skills Work Visa
- Essential Skills Work Visa – approved in principle
- Talent (Accredited Employer) Work Visa
- Long Term Skill Shortage List Work Visa
- Silver Fern Job Search Visa
- Silver Fern Practical Experience Visa
If you already hold a visa that is being replaced, it will remain valid until it expires. If you’d like to continue working for your current employer after your visa expires, you’ll have to apply for the new temporary work visa or another visa you qualify for.
Please note that if you already hold a Talent (Accredited Employer) Work Visa or a Long Term Skill Shortage List Work Visa, you can still apply for residence based on your current work visa.
There are also changes for employers. You can read more about these here.
Some policies are staying in place
Amidst all of the change, some things will remain the same:
- People who hold visas based on lower-skilled work will still have to leave New Zealand for a 1-year stand-down period after they have been working for 3 years.
- The new visa will still have conditions specifying an employer, job and location, and a visa holder will still have to get a variation of conditions to change any of these.
- INZ will still need to be satisfied that there are no New Zealanders available for a job before they grant a visa — in most cases, through the labour market test.
Keeping up to date with the changes
INZ has said that they are still working on how to implement some of the changes. As more details are finalised, we’ll update you right here on our blog. To stay up to date, sign up to our newsletter (it’s free!) or follow us on Facebook or LinkedIn where we post news as it happens.