Applying for a New Zealand Work Visa
We strive to keep our clients well-informed on the process to avoid any unexpected inconveniences and delays when it comes to getting a work visa for New Zealand. Here are several hints that will help you better organize all the necessary documentation as well as pass the process successfully.
If you want to apply for a work visa, you will have to provide either evidence of a current full-time job or a job offer. You should be registered if your profession demands it. You can do this here.
Before you apply for a New Zealand work visa:
- Ensure your job meets the criteria for minimum wage and salary threshold
- Ensure the income band of the job meets the criteria.
- Gather the employer’s documentation, including the fully signed contract. You may also need the employer to show evidence that the job was advertised to the local market, and that it could not be filled by an adequate candidate, depending on whether Shortage List requirements are met.
- Provide proof of your identity (with a valid passport and a photo of yourself taken within the last six months) and of good character (with police certificates from countries you’ve lived in for more than five years since you turned 17). You may also need to provide medical certificates or a chest X-ray from a doctor approved by Immigration New Zealand (INZ). All documents not in English should be translated into English by a professional translator.
- Set up a New Zealand Government RealMe account to upload your digital documents for the online application.
Submitting the visa application
Give your application the best chance of success by getting it checked by a licensed practitioner. Seeking expert advice like ours is the best way to ensure your New Zealand work visa application is approved.
If necessary, INZ may ask you for more information to grant you a fair chance to obtain your New Zealand work visa. INZ will let you know about your visa status as soon as it’s decided.
After getting the visa
Once you have your work visa, apply for a tax record number, which you can do through the IRD. You’ll have to give this number to your employer once you have it and use it for all your tax matters.
Be aware of your rights as an employee.
Once you have all of the above sorted, you will be well on your way to living and working in New Zealand.