Jobs in New Zealand

Got the Job Offer in New Zealand—What’s Next?

Congratulations! You’ve been offered a job in New Zealand, an opportunity many dream of.

However, before diving into this exciting new chapter, there’s a crucial step you must take: securing a visa with work rights.

The Crucial Importance of Having a Visa with Work Rights

New Zealand employers are legally obliged to ensure their staff have valid  visas that allow them to work. The penalties for non-compliance are steep, so it’s in everyone’s best interest that you have your visa sorted before starting your new job in New Zealand

The processing times for work visas range from 2 to 8 weeks, making it imperative to start the application process promptly.

Which Visa Is Right for You?

Deciding between a work visa for temporary employment or a residence visa for permanent settlement depends on your career goals and long-term plans in New Zealand. 

Ensure your choice aligns with your professional aspirations and personal stability in this beautiful country.

Work Visa:

A work visa allows temporary employment in New Zealand. 

Requirements include a job offer, relevant qualifications, and meeting health and character standards. Your employer must show no local candidates can fill the role (Labour Market Test).

 Note that this visa ties you to a specific job and requires a new application if you switch roles or leave.

Residence Visa:

For permanent work and living in New Zealand, a residence visa is essential. 

Unlike a work visa, it offers career flexibility and long-term security. It’s not tied to a single employer, allowing job changes without visa renewal. Changes in health or relationship status won’t affect your residency, and you’ll access New Zealand’s public healthcare system.

Steps to Ensure a Successful Visa Application

  1. Professional Support: Consider working with Licensed Immigration Advisers. They have the specialist knowledge needed to navigate New Zealand’s complex immigration laws and labour market requirements. Professional guidance can ensure that your application is complete and correctly submitted, minimizing the risk of delays or denials.
  2. Collecting Documents: Gather all necessary documents, including relevant translations. This preparation will save valuable time once you have secured a job offer.
  3. Accurate information is crucial: Ensure all details on your application are correct to avoid delays or rejection. Review all forms and documents carefully before submitting. If you have a criminal record, disclose it accurately in your visa application to prevent serious issues or rejection.
  4. Financial Proof: It is important to be well-prepared to demonstrate evidence of sufficient funds to support yourself during your stay in New Zealand. 
  5. Medical Examination and Police Certificates: Schedule your medical examination with an approved panel physician and ensure all medical records are accurate and up to date. Obtain police certificates from every country you’ve lived in for 12 months or more in the past 10 years, ensuring they are less than six months old at the time of your application.

Need Help with Your New Zealand Visa? We’re Here to Assist!

Navigating the visa application process can be complex and overwhelming. To ensure a smooth and successful transition to your new job in New Zealand, professional support is crucial. Our Licensed Immigration Advisers are ready to help you every step of the way.