Options for Employers: There are different options available to New Zealand employers who are willing to support the right candidate to obtain visas with the rights to work in the country. An employer could support the worker for a permanent residence visa under the Skilled Migrant Category described here if the employment is on indefinite term. If the job offered is only available for a certain period of time, then an employer could support your potential worker's application under the Essential Skills Work Visa or the Post Study Work Visa - Employer Assisted. The employer must meet different sets of requirements under each option. However, if the potential worker resides overseas at the time the application is lodged, the first step is to apply for an approval in principle (AIP) to recruit oversea workers.
If you are thinking of supporting an employee's visa, please complete the form for "Companies" here or contact us. We are happy to provide an accurate assessment of your eligibility to sponsor under the Essential Skills, Post Study Work Visa - Employer Assisted or other visa options for your workers as well as sound guidance to obtain an AIP if you need one. First consultation is free.
Options for Workers: Persons who have secured a job offered could apply for a work visa under the Essential Skills Work Visa or the Post Study Work Visa - Employer Assisted or a country specific visa scheme. Each of these visa types has its own requirements. For example, one of the requirements is under the Essential Skills Work Visa your employer must show they were not able to find a New Zealand citizen or a permanent residence visa holder to fill your position; whereas under the latter you must have completed study for a recognised qualification in New Zealand. In addition, there is certain work visa type available to specific countries, for example if a chef or an engineering professional and a citizen of Vietnam may qualify for a 3 year work visa; or a nurse or an engineering professional and a citizen of the Philippines may also qualify for a work visa for the same duration. It is important to note that a licence is required to work in nursing and engineering professional in New Zealand; and that the quota for the number of work visas allocated to a country can be exhausted any time. If someone does not have a job offer but his/her partner is a work visa holder or a student visa holder, the person may qualify for a work visa (not all student visa holder can be a sponsor). Requirements for each type of work visa are different.
Please complete the form for "Individuals" here or contact us. We are happy to provide an accurate assessment of your eligibility for the visa type that best suits your circumstance. First consultation is free.
Student Visas New Zealand has become a popular destination for international students. To apply for a student visa an applicant must demonstrate a genuine interest in spending time to study in New Zealand as a full-time student and the ability to finance his/her study and living expenses without relying on income from work. The applicant must also satisfy health and character requirements among others. If you are intending to study in New Zealand or sponsoring someone for a student visa, then please complete the form for "Individuals" here or contact us. We are happy to provide an accurate assessment of your eligibility for a student visa or for sponsoring. First consultation is free.
Visitor Visas To apply for a visitor visa an applicant is expected to demonstrate genuine intention: (i) to be in New Zealand temporarily for purposes such as holidaying, visiting relatives, sightseeing etc; (ii) not to remain in the country after your visa has expired; or (iii) to break conditions imposed on his/her visas. The applicant is also expected to meet health and character requirements. The perceived risk of breaching conditions (i), (ii), (iii) varies depending on many factors such as the applicant's employment, family situation, citizenship among others. Thus, the burden to provide sufficient evidence to show the applicant's genuine intention to comply with the stated conditions also varies from one case to another. If you are intending to visit New Zealand or sponsoring your relatives for a visitor visa, then please complete the form for "Individuals" here or contact us. We are happy to provide an accurate assessment of your eligibility for a visitor visa or for sponsoring. First consultation is free.