New Zealand is one of the most popular countries for international students and working holiday makers. The country has a reputation for being an easy place to live, work, and travel. It is also known as one of the best places in the world to work remotely. The population of New Zealand is around 4.7 million people, which makes it a small country with big ambitions. The government wants to attract more people from abroad to help grow the economy, so they created a special visa program called “Skilled Migrant Category” which allows people with skills and experience to apply for permanent residency after living in New Zealand for five years on a temporary
While there are many types of visas available in New Zealand, this guide will focus on those most relevant to ex-pats looking for work opportunities in New Zealand. In this section we will provide information about applying for these visas online and what you need to know about each type:
Work Permits and Employment-Based Visas
Work permits and employment visas are issued to those who wish to work in New Zealand. There are many different kinds of working visas available and this guide will give you an overview of the process and the most common options. If you are willing to know about other types of visas offered by the New Zealand government, you can check the New Zealand
Government immigration website for the given below visas:
● Visitor’s visa
● Visas to study
● Visas to invest
● Visas for partners and children
● Business Visitor Visa
If you’re from outside New Zealand, you will need to apply for a work visa before you can start working here. In order to apply for a work visa in New Zealand, the applicant needs to submit or prepare the following:
● Proof of identity (passport or certificate of identity). Proof of identity includes your name, date of birth, and passport number. You will also need two acceptable visa photographs.
● Medical Certificate (completed health questionnaire and chest x- ray). This must be done before you arrive in New Zealand. You need to have a medical examination after arrival.
● Proof of good character (completed character questionnaire). This must be completed by the New Zealand Police Service as well as Police Certificates from your country of origin and any country where you’ve lived at least five years since turning 17. The Police Certificate only applies if it was issued more than 90 days before applying for the work visa. All documents can either be originals or certified copies of the documents.
Work Visa Application Process
The first step to apply for a work visa is to get in-principle approval from Immigration New Zealand. This can be done online. The process is simple and fast, and it should not take more than 15 minutes to complete the online form. Alternatively, the candidate can submit the application form corresponding to the visa type they chose as well as all the necessary supporting documents, to the corresponding receiving center.
Depending on the visa type you applied for, you will be notified whether you need to send in your passport or if you will receive an eVisa. This is an electronic visa held in Immigration’s electronic system that replaces the physical sticker or stamp on your passport. Once Immigration New Zealand has approved your application, they will send you a letter confirming this decision and indicating when you can use it for travel purposes.
Types of Temporary Work Visas
New Zealand has a wide range of temporary work visas that allow you
to stay in the country for a specific time period.
There are two main types of temporary work visas in New Zealand:
1. Working Holiday Visa
2. Essential Skills Work Visa
Working Holiday Visa
This is a temporary visa that allows you to travel and work in New Zealand for a period of one or two years. It is available to people between the ages of 18 and 30 who are not accompanied by children nor intend to study in the country.
Essential Skills Work Visa
This visa allows you to stay in New Zealand for a maximum period of five years if you have high-level skills or qualifications that are needed by an employer. You might also be eligible for this type of visa if you have a job offer from an employer who has been unable to find an employee with the right skills through recruitment agencies or advertisements.