International Immigration Summary – New Zealand
Written By Maryke Wylde
Thu, Sep 1, 2016
Working in New Zealand
There are a few different options that legally permit a foreign national to work in New Zealand:
• The Essential Skills Work Visa – If you have a job offer in an occupation on the Essential Skills in Demand List and your qualifications and experience match, you can apply for this visa – the skill shortage list checker can be found here.
• Specific Purpose Work Visa – This is for people who need to go to New Zealand for a specific visa or event. To apply you will need to have skills related to your specific purpose or event. Some examples of this who may apply include business travellers on secondment, sports players, professional coaches, specialist installers and Philippines nurses seeking occupational registration.
• Work to Residence Visa – This is a temporary visa which can lead to permanent residency after working on this visa for at least 24 months. You must have an offer of employment from an accredited employer for an annual base salary of NZD$55,000 or more.
Visiting New Zealand
New Zealand operates on a single visa system – a visa permits travel to, entry, and ability to remain in New Zealand and is granted for 3 months. You can apply for an extension. You will need a visa to visit New Zealand if you are from a country that is not on the visa-waiver list.
The Business Visitor Visa is granted to visitors travelling to New Zealand for less than 3 months to carry out an official trade mission, sell good and services, negotiate the set up, expansion or wind-down of a business in NZ or carry out any business with the authorized representatives of an overseas company, body or person.
Studying in New Zealand
To study in New Zealand you must be accepted into a full-time educational course at an approved and registered institution providing tuition to international students. Student visa holders are eligible to work part-time for up to 20 hours per week.
Some of the requirements of a student visa are:
• you must provide evidence of sufficient funds to support your stay
• provide proof that you plan to leave New Zealand after your studies are completed
• have a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the estimated completion of your studies
• be free of any serious long-term illness or incapacity (you will be required to have a medical and x-ray certificate
Note: Australian citizens and residents don’t generally need a visa prior to leaving Australia to travel to or work in New Zealand unless there are character issues that need to be addressed. The visa is granted on arrival into New Zealand.
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