Posts about work visa options for New Zealand but not specific named ones
On 7 October 2019, a number of visa changes are coming into effect in New Zealand. These changes affect the Talent (Accredited Employer) Work Visa and the Silver Fern Job Search Visa.
Three major changes to the Talent (Accredited Employer) Work Visa
Immigration New Zealand are making three changes to the Talent (Accredited Employer) Work Visa. They are:
- Increasing the annual salary limit from NZD55,000 to NZD79,560,
- Removing the option to get a Permanent Resident Visa if applicants apply for a Talent (Accredited Employer) Resident Visa, and
- Limiting the amount of time employers can be accredited to 24 months.
Increasing the minimum salary
The new minimum salary applies to all Talent (Accredited Employer) Work visas INZ receives from 7 October, regardless of when the employer became accredited.
The new salary of NZD79,650 is based on a 40-hour week, or NZD38,25 per hour. If your job is for more than 40 hours a week, you must earn at least NZD38,25 an hour.
Should you the salary you’ll receive fall short of the new minimum required, you could apply for an Essential Skills Work Visa instead.
Removing the option to get a Permanent Resident Visa
From 7 October, if you do not have a Talent (Accredited Employer) Work Visa or a current application, you’ll no longer be able to get a permanent residency if you apply for a Talent (Accredited Employer) Resident Visa.
At the moment it is possible to apply for a Talent (Accredited Employer) Resident Visa if you’re earning NZD90,000 or more a year. This resident visa then offers a Permanent Resident Visa.
If you applied for a Talent (Accredited Employer) Work Visa before 7 October and receive your visa, you’ll still be able to apply for Permanent Resident Visa later.
Limiting employer accreditation to 24 months
As of 7 October, employers who apply for accreditation can only be accredited for 24 months before having to reapply. This limit is to allow for some changes INZ are making to the way employers recruit workers from overseas.
Permanent closure of the Silver Fern Job Search Work Visa
The Silver Fern Job Search Visa offers open work visas for young, qualified people who intend to find skilled employment in New Zealand.
Usually INZ accepts applications for this visa on an annual basis, but INZ is permanently closing applications for the Silver Fern Job Search Visa on 7 October.
If you already hold a Silver Fern Job Search Visa, don’t worry – you are not affected by the closure and your visa conditions stay the same. You can also still apply for a Silver Fern Practical Experience Work Visa.
More changes coming in the next two years
The New Zealand Minister of Immigration has announced their intention to introduce a number of other changes from now until 2021. The biggest change is INZ’s intention to replace six existing work visas with one new temporary work visa.
You can read more about all the planned changes on our blog.
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Did you know it’s possible to work to residence in New Zealand? This means it’s not necessarily the end of the road if you didn’t qualify for permanent residence straight away!
Today we’ll introduce you to all the visa options for work to residence. If you want to find out if you’re eligible for any, we suggest booking your free initial assessment immediately.
How does ‘work to residence’ work?
There are four temporary work visa options under the work to residence programme. When granted one of these visas you’ll be able to apply for permanent residence after you’ve held the temporary visa for two years (or three years for religious workers).
Four work to residence visas for New Zealand
You have four work to residence visas to explore. This is provided you meet the basic qualifying criteria which is that you must:
- Be 55 or younger; and
- Meet New Zealand’s health and character requirements.
The visas are:
- Work to Residence: Long Term Skills Shortage
- Talent (Accredited Employers) Work Visa
- Talent (Arts, Culture, Sports) Work Visa
- Religious Worker Work Visa
1. Work to Residence: Long Term Skills Shortage
If you are qualified and skilled in an occupation for which New Zealand has a sustained and ongoing skills shortage, you may be eligible for a work visa under the Long Term Skill Shortage List Work Category.
These are the requirements you’ll have to meet:
- Your skills and experience appear on the Long Term Skill Shortage List.
- You’ve received a full-time job offer that:
- Uses your skills and experience; and
- Pays more than NZ$45,000 a year.
While visas are usually issued for up to 30 months, you’ll be allowed to apply for residence after two years (24 months) provided:
- Your job was on the Long Term Skill Shortage List when you applied for your visa; or
- Your job is on the Long Term Skill Shortage List when you apply for residence.
- You worked in that skill shortage occupation for the duration of your contract.
2. Talent (Accredited Employers) Work Visa
An accredited employer is an employer that has been pre-approved by Immigration New Zealand to employ skilled or talented foreign nationals. This makes the process simpler and smoother for both the employer and the visa applicant.
To apply for temporary residence under the Accredit Employer category, you’ll have to meet the following criteria:
- You have a full-time job offer for at least 2 years from an accredited employer.
- You must work in the specific job, for the specific accredited employers, and in the specific location detailed in the job offer that was the basis of your visa application. This applies to the duration of your visa.
- You’ll earn at least NZ$55,000 a year.
As with the Short Term Skill Shortage category you’ll get a visa valid for up to 30 months. You’ll be allowed to apply for permanent residence after two years of employment.
3. Talent (Arts, Culture, Sports) Work Visa
You’ll be eligible for this talent visa if you have an exceptional talent in a field of art, sport or culture. In order to be eligible for an application, you must:
- Have the support of a New Zealand organisation of national repute in your field of talent. Such an organization is one that is nationally recognized for its excellence in either:
- A field of art, culture or sport.
- Fostering exceptional talent in a field of art, culture or sport.
- Be able to demonstrate that your ability will result in positive contribution to the development of your specific field in New Zealand.
Your Talent (Arts, Culture, Sports) Work Visa will be valid for up to 30 months. After two years you’ll be able to apply for permanent residence provided that you:
- Were actively engaged in your field in New Zealand for two years.
- Did not apply for or were granted any social welfare benefits in New Zealand.
4. Religious Worker Work Visa
The Religious Worker Work Visa is a pathway to residence for people who are experience or trained in religious work. To be granted a temporary work visa:
- You must have an offer for religious work from an acceptable religious organisation. An acceptable organization is one that is:
- Registered as a charity; and
- Whose main purpose it is to advance religion.
- The religious organization must act as your sponsor.
The Religious Worker Work Visa is valid for up to two years. If the organisation’s work and sponsorship continues, you can apply for a second work visa. You’ll then be able to apply for permanent residence in New Zealand after three years.
To apply for permanent residence, you must:
- Have at least 5 years of religious training and/or experience.
- Continue to work for a religious organization that’s agreed to sponsor you.
- Have English language ability of at least IELTS Level 5.
- Not have applied for or been granted any social welfare benefits in New Zealand.
Family joining you?
New Zealand does not allow you to include your family in your Work to Residence application for New Zealand. However, your spouse and any dependents may apply separately based on their relationship with you. Once you apply for permanent residence, you can include these family members in your application.
Contact us if you have questions
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There are many jobs needed in New Zealand and New Zealand’s Ministry of Business and Innovation (MBIE) regularly review the skills shortage lists to meet the changing demands of the labour market.
The MBIE just recently completed their latest review and on 8 May announced that aged care registered nurses and teachers will be added to skills lists as of 28 May 2019. The move was applauded as it is seen as a positive step towards addressing chronic staff shortages.
To give hopeful applicants a better idea of working in New Zealand as aged care registered nurses or teachers, we’ve compiled a guide addressing four key factors for each occupation:
- Job description
- Working conditions
- What New Zealand expects of their nurses and teachers.
Nurses are up first and then we move on to teachers.
Aged Care Registered Nurses
Aged care registered nurses provide care to elderly people. Work places can range from residential facilities to hospitals and the patients’ home.
Aged care registered nurses are responsible for the health requirements of their patients. This includes:
- Managing health conditions.
- Managing medication and treatment schedules.
- Maintaining medical records.
- Administering nursing care to ill, injured, convalescent, or disabled patients.
- Taking action when sudden health changes occur.
- Educating patients and their families and community groups about health needs, long-term effects, and prevention of accidents and illness.
Often aged care registered nurses are also in management positions at residential care homes or assist in the managing of homes.
Registered nurses earn between NZ$22.78 and NZ$28.94 per hour, with the average hourly rate sitting at NZ$25.94.
Registered nurses in New Zealand work shifts of 8 to 12 hours at hospitals, rest homes, or nursing homes. Nurses working in the community or at medical centres usually work 40 hours per week.
What New Zealand expects of registered nurses
The expectations of New Zealand’s healthcare industry is no different to others around the world. Nurses are expected to have:
- Excellent nursing skills and knowledge of different nursing methods.
- The patient’s best interest at heart, advocating on their behalf.
- Good communication and problem-solving skills.
Registered nurses must also have the ability to:
- Work under pressure and remain calm in emergencies.
- Show compassion, and relate to people from various cultures and backgrounds.
- Be patient and helpful.
The MBIE added early childhood, primary scool and secondary school teachers to New Zealand’s skills shortage lists. As such, we’ll discuss each one separately.
Early Childhood Teacher
Early childhood teachers educate and care for young children in kindergartens or children centres.
Early childhood teachers may do some or all of the following:
- Educating and care for babies and children.
- Helping prepare meals, clean and tidy up, give medicines, and change nappies.
- Planning daily programmes, learning experiences and routines for children..
- Making or adapt learning resourse.
- Implementing New Zealand’s early childhood curriculum.
- Assessing and recording the learning and development of each child.
- Discussing children’s progress with their parents or caregivers as well as other education professionals.
- Running workshops for parents and caregivers.
- Preparing budgets, order supplies, and helping manage the early childhood centre.
Starting salaries for early childhood teachers range from $36,000 to $47,000 annually depending on qualifications. Experienced early childhood teachers in senior positions can earn between $60,000 and $85,000 per year.
Early childhood teachers work between 35 and 40 hours a week.
What New Zealand expects of early childhood teachers
Early childhood teacher in New Zealand must have knowledge of:
- Different teaching methods and learning styles.
- The early childhood curriculum.
- Behaviour management techniques.
- Safety and emergency procedures.
- Food preparation and hygiene.
- Child learning and development, including early literacy and numeracy.
These teachers must also be:
- Skilled at communicating with children and adults from a range of backgrounds and cultures.
- Enthusiastic, open-minded and able to motivate children.
- Creative and adaptable.
Primary School Teachers
Primary school teachers is responsible for the education of children between the ages of five and 13 at primary or intermediate schools.
The responsibilities of primary school teachers include:
- Planning, preparing, and presenting lessons.
- Teaching a wide range of subjects.
- Keeping up to date with curriculum changes and assessment methods.
- Helping children to develop their social skills and behaviours.
- Leading a curriculum area within the school.
- Getting involved in extracurricular activities.
- Doing lunchtime playground duty or road patrol duty.
The annual salaries for primary school teachers range from NZ$47,000 to NZ$74,000 with the average yearly salary sitting at NZ$54,000.
Primary school teachers are usually dealing with children from about 8am until 3.30pm. Often primary school teachers will work outside these hours on admin work, meetings, and extracurricular activities.
What New Zealand expects of primary school teachers
New Zealand expects primary school teachers to have a knowledge of:
- Different teaching methods and learning styles.
- The New Zealand school curriculum.
- Child development, including learning difficulties and how to deal with them.
- Behaviour management techniques, such as establishing boundaries.
These teachers must also be able to:
- Communicate with children and adults from a various backgrounds and cultures.
- Enthusiastic, open-minded and able to motivate children.
- Creative and adaptable.
Secondary School Teachers
Secondary school teachers educate students between the ages of 13 and 18 and teach one or more subjects.
The responsibilities of secondary school teachers include:
- Planning, preparing and presenting lessons.
- Setting and marking assignments and tests.
- Assessing students’ work for national qualifications.
- Attending departmental and staff meetings.
- Being involved in extracurricular activities.
- Keeping up to date with curriculum changes and assessment methods.
Secondary school teachers earn between NZ$48,000 and NZ$81,000 per year depending on experience, with the average annual salary sitting at NZ$68,000.
Secondary school teachers work regular school hours, but often work additional hours to plan lessons, assess work, and assist with extracurricular activities.
What New Zealand expects of secondary school teachers
New Zealand requires their secondary school teachers to have knowledge of:
- Different teaching methods and learning styles
- The curriculum subjects they teach.
- Classroom management skills.
- To keep up to date with best teaching practices.
Secondary school teachers must also be able to:
- Communicate with students and adults from a range of backgrounds and cultures.
- Positive, open-minded, and able to motivate young people.
- Understanding, tolerant, and good at listening.
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The New Zealand Government has set themselves a goal for the start of 2019 – to recruit 400 teachers from overseas to fill shortages in schools.
Why has the Government set themselves this goal?
New Zealand is struggling with severe teacher shortages, hence the goal set for 2019.
These shortages, as reported in the New Zealand Herald, are due to ‘a slump in domestic teacher trainees, exacerbated in Auckland by high housing costs which are driving many teachers out of the city.’
School principals are welcoming the initiative, but some will keep a keen eye on developments, as not everyone is confident that recruiting from overseas will be enough to fill all the gaps.
Teachers required across the board
The Government wants to recruit both primary and secondary school teachers, as teachers are in desperate need at all levels. The focus is not only on attracting overseas-trained teachers, but also on bringing New Zealand teachers home.
Eligible teachers may receive an Overseas Relocation Grant
New Zealand has established an Overseas Relocation Grant (ORG) that supports teachers with the costs of relocating to New Zealand. Nearly 200 teachers have already been approved for an ORG.
How does the ORG work?
The ORG was established to assist teachers who commence teaching in New Zealand from 13 December 2017 to 30 June 2019.
The New Zealand government approves a maximum of 100 grants per financial year. This means 100 grants for the period 13 December 2017 to 30 June 2018, and a further 100 grants from 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019.
The ORG will:
- Reimburse actual and reasonable expenses up to a minimum of NZ$7,000 for each New Zealand-trained teacher and up to a maximum of NZ$5,000 for each overseas-trained teacher.
- Be non-taxable. This has been confirmed by Inland Revenue.
Who are eligible?
To be eligible for the Overseas Relocation Grant, you’ll have to meet the following criteria:
- Be registered and certified by the Education Council of New Zealand.
- Be employed in a full-time position that is either permanent or fixed term (of at least 12 months).
- Has never received an ORG or has received an ORG only once in a 5-year period.
- Did not teach in New Zealand between 13 December 2016 and 12 December 2017.
- Commenced employment on or after 13 December 2017, and up to 30 June 2019.
- Is employed to teach in a state or state-integrated school.
To receive payment, you must do the following:
- Apply for the grant within three months of commencing employment. The school must provide evidence of this. The Government will consider applications received after three months on a case-by-case basis.
- Provide proof of expenditure of all actual and reasonable relocation costs. The specific amount of the grant will be based on this evidence.
Once all the requirement is met, 50% of the grant will be deposited into the nominated account after 10 weeks of teaching. The final 50% is deposited after 30 weeks of teaching.
Read more about the grant here.
Take the first step
If you are a teacher and you’d like to take advantage of this opportunity, the first step is finding out if you qualify for emigration to New Zealand.
You can take this first step right here by booking an initial assessment with us. This initial assessment will reveal if you’re eligible for New Zealand and which visa you may qualify for.
Our initial assessment is also free of charge and non-obligatory. Book it now.
The new school year is almost upon us, and only 100 grants are issued per financial year, so don’t wait until it’s too late.
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)
- Immediate Skills Shortage List (ISSL)
- Canterbury Skills Shortage List (CSSL)
Each of these lists is based on 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.”
The 3 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 as well as the world.
Long Term Skill Shortage List work visa:
If you get a job in an occupation on the LTSSL and meet the list requirements, you are eligible for a work to Residence visa under the Long Term Skills Shortage List work visa. This visa is a pathway to residency which means you’ll be eligible for residency after two years. This is provided you:
- Meet the standard requirements; and
- You’re earning a base salary of at least NZ$45,000.
2. Immediate Skills Shortage List (ISSL)
The Immediate Skills Shortage List (ISSL) includes occupations where skilled workers are needed in New Zealand immediately. This is because there are no New Zealand citizens or residents to fill the position.
Essential Skills work visa:
If you get a full-time job in an occupation on the ISSL and meet the list requirements, you’ll be eligible for an Essential Skills work visa. This visa enables you to work in New Zealand temporarily.
You may not necessarily be able to apply for residency.
3. Canterbury Skills Shortage List (CSSL)
The Canterbury Skills Shortage List contains occupations in critical shortage in the Canterbury area. These shortages are due to the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes. The CSSL draws on the Immediate and Long Term Skills Shortage Lists relevant to the Canterbury rebuild.
Essential Skills work visa:
If you get a job in Canterbury and your skills appear on the CSSL, you’ll be eligible for an Essential Skills work visa. If the occupation is also on the LTSSL, you may also be eligible for New Zealand residency.
How does Immigration New Zealand decide on the occupations on these lists?
New Zealand’s Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) reviews the ISSL and LTSSL on an annual basis. During this review, the MBIE decide if any occupations should be:
- Added or removed from a list; or
- Moved to another list.
The Canterbury Skill Shortage List is reviewed three times a year, as changes in skill shortages happen more regularly in this region.
One other list to know
Immigration New Zealand also publishes a List of Skilled Occupations. While there are no shortages of skilled workers in these occupations, New Zealand has identified these occupations as desirable.
Skilled Migrant Category:
If your occupation is defined as ‘skilled’, you may be eligible for a resident visa under the Skilled Migrant Category. This is a points-based visa that considers factors such as:
- Work experience;
- Qualifications; and
- An offer of employment.
You must also meet certain remuneration thresholds to be classified as a Skilled Migrant. You need to be either:
- ANZSCO level 1 – 3 and paid NZ$24.29 or more per hour; or
- ANZSCO level 4 – 5 and paid NZ$36.44 or more per hour.
What if your occupation is not a skills shortage list?
It is not necessarily the end of the road if your occupation does not appear on a New Zealand skilled shortage list. You may still be eligible for one of New Zealand’s visas.
The best way to find out which visa you may be eligible for is by means of an immigration assessment. An immigration assessment will reveal any migration pathways open to you.
Our initial assessment is free and non-obligatory. You can book it online, right now.
Once you’ve booked your assessment, one of our advisers will be in touch to complete the assessment and discuss the best way forward.
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The Accredited Employer Work Visa is a route to residency for eligible candidates. The key? Securing a job at an approved employer.
What is the Accredited Employer Work Visa?
The Accredited Employer Work Visa is officially known as the Talent (Accredit Employers) Work Visa. It’s a route to residency and valid for up to 30 months. You’ll be eligible to apply for residence after working in New Zealand for an accredited employer for two years.
What does ‘accredited employer’ mean?
An ‘accredited employer’ is a New Zealand employer who:
- Needs skilled or talented workers from overseas; and
- Has been pre-approved by Immigration New Zealand to hire foreigners.
It’s a win-win situation
Once accredited, the employer doesn’t have to provide supporting information for each and every visa application. This simplifies the process of employing a foreigner significantly.
You also benefit, because the employer actively seeks migrants. Not only that, the employer also understands the intricacies and timelines of immigration. You’ll have much less convincing to do.
Talent (Accredited Employer) Work Visa requirements
The first step to working for an accredited employer is having the skills and qualifications the company needs. Then, of course, you’ll have to meet the requirements for this visa, as set out by Immigration New Zealand.
The main requirements are that you:
- Must be under the age of 55.
- Have a job offer from an accredited employer, which has to be for:
- Full-time work; and
- More than 2 years; and
- You must earn at least NZD55,000 a year (before tax).
- Work in the specific occupation and for the specific accredited employer detailed in the job offer that was the basis of your work visa application.
- Must have full provisional registration, if it’s needed to work in your occupation in New Zealand.
Is there an accredited employers list?
Yes, there is an accredited employers list for New Zealand. It can be found on Immigration New Zealand’s website. You can either search by industry sector or simply scroll through the list to find an employer.
Need advice on the Accredit Employer Work Visa?
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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.
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.
New Zealand is experiencing a critical teacher shortage. The situation is expected to worsen in 2018, which means qualified teachers are needed in New Zealand urgently.
The situation in New Zealand has been described as ‘alarming’. A survey of secondary school teachers have revealed that 570 jobs are vacant and 700 positions are filled by unqualified staff.
A high school principal told New Zealand’s 1 NEWS NOW, “We are needing to appoint people to positions with qualifications that are outside of their area of expertise or outside the level that they are used to teaching at as well.”
Book an assessment with us immediately if you are a teacher
The teacher shortage opens up opportunities to teachers from abroad who wants to work in New Zealand. If this is you, we want to hear from you!
How can we help make your dream come true?
The first step is doing an immigration eligibility assessment to find out if you qualify to live and teach in New Zealand.
Should the result be positive, our advisers can explain the way forward and assist you with your visa application. We’ll also assess the rest of your family and help with their visas too.
Why do we start with an assessment?
It’s because we have to find out if you qualify for a visa. You cannot work in New Zealand without a visa.
The assessment also protects you from spending money on a dream that’s not possible. People have lost thousands in savings in applying for visas they do not qualify for.
These people usually dealt with unqualified or fraudelent immigration advisers or attempted to do points score calculations on their own.
Here’s how you book your assessment
It’s so simple. All you have to do is submit your details here or contact us by calling +21 (0) 20 28 200.
You’ll speak to one of advisers directly, who’ll first do a pre-assessment to reveal any migration options open to you. From here you can decide if you’d like to proceed with a comprehensive assessment.
Do the pre-assessment as soon as possible. As mentioned, the teacher shortage is acute and teachers are needed in New Zealand urgently. The sooner you get an application in, the better. You may have a bigger chance of success now than you would have at any other time.
The benefits of the Skilled Migrant visa for New Zealand is one of the areas our advisers touch on most when speaking to clients.
It’s not that our clients don’t know that this visa offers applicants certain benefits, it’s just they don’t know the exact benefits.
We’re not surprised! It’s very easy for the average person to get lost in the immigration jargon and reams of information found on the internet.
That’s why we wanted to make it simpler for our future clients, like you perhaps, to understand the unique benefits of the Skilled Migrant visa.
First we’ll explain:
- What is a resident visa?
And then we’ll look at what comes next:
- The permanent resident visa.
The Skilled Migrant visa is a resident visa
New Zealand’s resident visas allows you to stay in the country permanently. This means:
- You are free to live, work and study in New Zealand.
- You have more or less the same rights and privileges as a New Zealand citizen:
Here’s another benefit resident visas offer – you can include your partner and dependent children, aged 24 and under, in your residence application.
There is one small limitation
We have to explain the resident’s visa Expiry Date Travel to you and you’ll understand why when we move on to the permanent resident visa.
When you get your resident visa, you’ll see three dates:
- Start Date
- First Entry Before
- Expiry Date Travel
The Start Date is the date your visa was issued on. You, and your family, must enter New Zealand at least once before the First Entry Before date. If you are in New Zealand when your visa is issued, this date won’t apply.
The Expiry Date Travel is when your travel conditions expire. To travel in and out of New Zealand as a resident after this date, the conditions must be renewed.
Here’s the big benefit once you have a permanent residence visa
The permanent residence visa gives you the same benefits, rights and privileges as the resident visa, with one exception:
Your visa does not have travel conditions.
You’ll never again have to worry about checking expiry dates. Your travels will be stress free from the moment you have that permanent resident visa in your passport.
When can you apply for permanent residence?
You can apply for a New Zealand Permanent Residence visa after two years as a New Zealand resident. As with all visas, you’ll have to meet a number requirements during the application process.
Do you want to find out if you can are eligible for New Zealand’s Skilled Migrant visa?
To be eligible for these benefits, you’ll have to be eligible to apply for a Skilled Migrant visa. How do you find out? By doing a comprehensive immigration assessment.
You can book an assessment with us today still and one of our consultants will be in touch within 24 hours to get the ball rolling.
Who knows, you might be able to call yourself a New Zealand resident soon. But you have to take that first step – a comprehensive assessment.