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What is a New Zealand Work Visa?

Work Visas are a legal requirement mandated by the New Zealand government to selectively grant foreign individuals permission to engage in work-related activities in the country. If you are a foreign individual seeking to live, work, and earn money in New Zealand, obtaining a Work Visa tailored to your specific needs is crucial.

To work legally in New Zealand, you must have an official full-time job offer to apply for an Essential Skills Work Visa. Alternatively, you can apply for a Parntership-Based Work Visa if you have a partner who is already living and working in New Zealand.

Failure to obtain a Work Visa means you are not authorized by the government to work and earn money in New Zealand, which can lead to serious consequences such as being deported, barred from entering New Zealand in the future, or facing fines and penalties.

The newly introduced Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) is replacing six work visa types and streamlines the process for employers looking to bring on migrant employers. It is now the simplest and most efficient visa for employers wanting to hire overseas skilled workers.

Our team of experienced immigration consultants is available to guide you through the application process and ensure you obtain the appropriate Work Visa for your situation. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you achieve your immigration goals.

What are the different types of Work Visas in New Zealand?

There are various types of Work Visas in New Zealand, each designed for specific needs.

Essential Skills Work Visa

If you’ve been offered a full-time job by a New Zealand employer and have the qualifications and experience required for the role, you may be eligible for the Essential Skills Work Visa. It allows you to work for up to three years and you can also apply to have your partner and dependent children join you.

Partnership-Based Work Visa

This visa is designed for individuals who wish to join their partner in New Zealand. It’s an Open Work Visa, which means you can change your employer, position, or workplace freely. The length of your stay will depend on the duration of your relationship with your partner.

Accredited Employer Work Visa

Employers who wish to hire skilled workers from overseas can use this visa option. The visa allows for a temporary multiple-entry 30-month work visa, with the potential for permanent residency through the Work to Residence category.

Post-Study Work Visa

If you’ve recently completed your studies in New Zealand, this visa may be an option for you. The duration of this Work Visa depends on the length of time you studied in New Zealand.

Religious Worker Work Visa

This visa is available to those who have at least two years of training/experience in religious work and are being sponsored to undertake this work. The Religious Worker Work Visa allows for an initial two-year temporary work visa, with the potential for a Resident Visa after three years.

Family-Stream Work Visa

This visa option is available for family members of New Zealand citizens, residents, and temporary visa holders. It allows for partners, dependent children, guardians, parents, and grandparents to join their family in New Zealand.

Student and Trainee Work Visa

If you’re looking to gain practical work experience as part of your study or training program, this visa may be a good option. It allows you to work while you complete your study or training requirements.

Specific Purpose Work or Event Visa

This visa is designed for individuals who are entering New Zealand for a specific purpose or event, such as business or sporting events. It allows for work only for a specific employer and to complete a specific purpose or event.

Seasonal Work Visa

This visa allows people who are already in New Zealand on a Student or Visitor Visa to make a one-off application for a Work Visa to do seasonal work in the horticulture or viticulture industries.

Working Holiday Vis

This visa is available to young people aged 18-30 (or 18-35 for select countries) and allows them to travel and work in New Zealand for up to 12 months (or 23 months if from the UK or Canada).

If you are unsure which Work Visa is best for you, our licensed immigration advisors can guide you through the process and help you obtain the right visa for your individual needs. Reach out to us today to book a free no-strings-attached consultation.

Who needs a Work Visa in New Zealand?

Determining whether or not you need a Work Visa in New Zealand can be confusing, but we’re here to help make it clear. In general, if you’re a foreign individual seeking employment in New Zealand, you will need to apply for a Work Visa. However, there are a few exceptions.

If you have a partner who is already working and living in New Zealand, you may be eligible for a Work Visa that allows you to work as well. Additionally, if you’re a business owner or self-employed individual looking to conduct regular work activities in New Zealand, you’ll need to obtain a legal permit to do so.

To work in New Zealand legally, you must either be offered a full-time job opportunity by a New Zealand employer or be granted a Work Visa or permit.

If you’re unsure whether you need a Work Visa or what kind of Work Visa you need, our immigration visa specialists are available to assist you. Contact us to learn more.

What is the Partnership Visa Application Process?

The process of applying for a New Zealand Partnership Visa is relatively straightforward, but it is critical to follow all the steps accurately to ensure a smooth application process. Lucky for you, ICL is here to guide you through each stage of the process!

Gather Your Documentation

The first step is to gather all the documentation required for your Work Visa application. This typically includes relevant job qualifications, an offer of employment from a New Zealand-based employer, and any other necessary documentation to support your application. Our team of experienced immigration consultants will assist you in compiling all the necessary documents and filling out the required forms.

Submit Your Application

Once you have compiled the necessary documents and completed the relevant forms, you can submit your application for review. We’ll help you submit the application to Immigration New Zealand (INZ) and ensure that it meets the criteria to increase your chances of success.

Wait for a Decision

After submitting your application, you will need to wait for a decision from INZ. The review process can take several weeks or even months. Our team will keep you updated throughout the process and advise you on the best course of action in case further documentation is requested.

Receive Your Work Visa

INZ may either grant your Work Visa or deny entry to New Zealand. If your application is successful, we’ll help you with the next steps and ensure that you have all the information you need to start your new life in New Zealand.

If you’re considering applying for a Work Visa, reach out to one of our consultants via email applications@immigrationconsultancies.comor call us at 09 369 1681 or 021 039 1964 today. Let us help you make your dream of working in New Zealand a reality!

Why choose ICL for your Work Visa needs?

Applying for a Work Visa can be a complicated and overwhelming process, especially if it’s your first time doing so. Getting everything right on the first attempt is crucial, and seeking the assistance of a professional can significantly increase your chances of success.

At ICL, we understand that obtaining a Work Visa for New Zealand can be stressful, and the outcome of your visa application can impact your life and your family’s future. We believe that hiring an expert to guide you through this process can mean the difference between a new chapter in your life filled with excitement and one marked by tension and anxiety.

Our team of experts, who are themselves immigrants, has over 20 years of experience in providing professional assistance to clients seeking Work Visas. We believe in transparent and fair pricing, which is why we provide a standard fee quote at the start of the visa application process. You can rest assured that there are no hidden costs or additional invoices.

Choose ICL to experience a stress-free and streamlined Work Visa application process. Take advantage of our industry-leading 97% application success rate and let us help you achieve your immigration goals and make your dreams of working and living in New Zealand a reality!

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