Work visa options for your migrant staff
Note: the information below is subject to major changes in 2021.
Your candidate does not need a visa to accept a position. However, they must have work rights in order to commence work
New Zealand resident visa holders
New Zealand resident visa holders can work for any employer in any occupation in New Zealand.
Visa holders with work rights
Your ideal candidate may already be allowed to work on their current visa. Note that some visas with work rights are limited to a certain amount of hours per week or may have a maximum duration that the visa holder can work for any single employer. Check this page to see if this may be the case.
Applying for an employer-assisted work visa
If your candidate does not already have work rights, they need to apply for a relevant work visa.
If your candidate already has an employer-assisted work visa, they may be able to obtain a Variation of Conditions to change the employer on their visa, or apply for a whole new visa.
Essential Skills Work visa
It is the most common work visa, based on a job offer. We will need to show that your candidate is deemed competent for the role offered, based on the requirements listed in ANZSCO. The currency of the visa (6 months to 3 years) depends on the salary offered.
In most cases, you will also need to show that your attempts to find a New Zealander to fill the role have been unsuccessful. This is referred to as the labour market test. In some cases, depending on the candidate background, and the role offered, this requirement may be waived.
Talent: Accredited Employer work visa
If you are an Accredited Employer with Immigration New Zealand the salary offered meets requirements, your candidate may seek a 30 months Talent: Accredited Employer work visa.
Talent: Long Term Skill Shortage work visa
If the position offered is on the Long Term Skill Shortage list and the candidate meets the exact requirements of the list, your candidate can obtain a 30 months Talent: LTSSL work visa.
Specific Purpose work visa
If the role offered is for a set period of time, based on a specific project, or with a specific purpose in mind, your candidate may seek a Specific Purpose work visa for the duration of the project. Maximum durations apply depending on the nature of the role.
Other types of visas
There are several other less common types of visas that your candidate may seek. Most are subject to annual quotas and the vast majority of applicants fall under the four categories above.
What visa does your candidate require? How can you assist?
Repeat/high volume hiring
If you are unable to your source the talent you need in New Zealand and your business frequently relies on migrants staff, there are several options you may consider, such as becoming and Accredited Employer, getting an Approval In Principal (AIP), or becoming a Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) amongst other options.