- Country Name: New Zealand
- Capital: Wellington
- Population: 4,596,700 (2015 estimate)
- Language: English, Maori
- Time Zone: NZST (UTC +12)
- Dialing Code: +64
- Currency: New Zealand Dollar (NZD)
This FAQ has been created as an introductory guide to immigration procedures for New Zealand. Since rules and requirements in every country are constantly changing and each case must be assessed on its own merits, for in-depth and up-to-date advice, please contact us.
Please note, we can only advise on matters relating to immigration and are unable support you with employment in a new region. We do however have a network of trusted partners that can support your move, so please visit Our Partners page for further information.
Although New Zealand is famous for its agricultural output, the largest industries in New Zealand are in fact tourism, finance, insurance, and business services.
From time to time the government acknowledges a skills shortage in a specific field, and actively recruits workers from overseas. For instance, following the earthquake in 2011, there was a recruitment drive for the construction industry.
Other industries that continuously provide employment opportunities to expats include IT, new media, medicine, construction and engineering and the government is open to entrepreneurs with a focus on job creation.
Work to Residence Visa – Talent (Accredited Employers)
Temporary Work Visa (Specific Purpose or Event) (Intra-Company Transferee 12 Months Plus)
Temporary Work Visa (Specific Purpose or Event) (Under 12 Months)
Temporary Work Visa (Essential Skills) (Short Term Under 12 Months)
Temporary Work Visa (Essential Skills) (12 Months Plus)
There are a range of work permit categories according to the rank or the skills level of the employee type of hire, and the length of the assignment.
Processes and requirements will vary according to the labour market at the time of application, the type of work permit being applied for, whether the company is a pre-approved employer, the nationality of the applicant, the country of application and personal circumstances of the assignee and any family dependants. We, therefore, recommend that you contact us for up-to-date information.
However, note that for all categories, a Temporary Work Visa Application must be submitted to the New Zealand diplomatic post in the applicant’s country of residence prior to entering New Zealand.
Applicants will be required to submit a variety of personal and corporate documents to support the application. Medical exams and police clearance certificates are required. Newland Chase can assist with this.
Processing times will vary according to visa type, nationality, and country of application.
The entire process, from assembling the relevant documents for submission to the collection of the work permit, can take anything between 1-4 months.
Work to Residence Visas – Talent (Accredited Employers) are initially issued for up to 30 months, and after two years the employee may either apply for residence or for a further work visa.
Temporary Work Visas (Specific Purpose or Event) (Intra-Company Transferee 12 Months Plus) are Initially issued for up to 3 years and can be renewed.
Temporary Work Visas (Specific Purpose or Event) (Under 12 Months) are Initially issued for up to 3 years and can be renewed.
Temporary Work Visa (Essential Skills) (Short Term Under 12 Months) & Temporary Work Visa (Essential Skills) (12 Months Plus) – Depending on the skills level and salary of the applicant the visa can be issued initially 1-5 years and can be renewed if the initial visa is issued for 1-3 years only. A 5-year visa can only be obtained once and renewals will only be issued up to a further 3 years.
In order to work in New Zealand, the applicant must apply for a Temporary Work Visa prior to entry to New Zealand. Applicants cannot switch from a business/tourist visa in-country
Holders of a resident visa for a continuous period of at least 2 years, meet relevant character requirements and have met one of five commitment to New Zealand criteria (time spent in NZ, tax residence status, investment in NZ, business in NZ or established base in NZ) you may be able to apply for permanent residence.
You must provide evidence of ownership/maintenance of your home or evidence of employment.
If applying on the basis of owning a family home, certain requirements regarding the period of ownership and whether sole or joint ownership must be met.
It is important to ensure that the immigration part of the relocation process is started as early as possible and well in advance of your actual assignment date to New Zealand.
Processing times for Medical exams and police certificates can be lengthy and Family dependants may be required to submit legalised or translated personal documents which can also be a lengthy process so sufficient lead time should be allowed for this.
Requirements and procedures may change on a frequent basis, so please consult with your Newland Chase Immigration Advisor for current and detailed information and assistance as required.