Work Visas For New Zealand Employees

Work Visa Applications For Skilled Workers in New Zealand

If you are an employer looking to support a potential employee’s visa, or ready to renew a current employees visa, we can help manage this process for you. We also help manage work visa applications for individuals.

Just give us a call for expert advice over the phone – we will be happy to chat with you.

Work Visa instructions are changing on the 1st of November 2021. We have the most up to date information available.


Essential Skills

An Essential Skills work visa is the standard NZ work visa. It requires an offer of employment from a NZ business and cannot be used for self-employment.

This type of visa application may require an employer to prove that they have made genuine attempts to employ a NZ citizen or residence for the position.

The visa applicant would then need to prove that they are suitable qualified to take up the position by way of the qualification they hold or through their previous relevant work experience.

Visas can be valid for 1-3 years which is dependent on the applicant being paid over the nation median wage.


Work to Residence – Talent (Accredited Employer)

This visa is a popular work visa choice given that it can lead to residency. It is a 30 month work visa with allows the visa holder to apply for residency after working for an Accredited Employer for at least 2 years.

The visa applicant would need an offer of employment that has meets the current salary threshold of NZ$79,560 per year, which is based on a 40 hour week.


Work to Residence – Long Term Skill Shortage List (LTSSL)

This visa is a 30 month work visa that can lead to residency. Visa applicants would need to meet the criteria set out in the LTSSL which may require a qualification and work experience.

There are only certain occupations that are listed on the LTSSL so this visa option is limited.


Recruiting Skilled Workers in New Zealand and Internationally


VisaAide partners with RecruitNZ have to assist employers with international recruitment.

RecruitNZ is a recruitment agency with a dedicated International Recruitment team focusing on skilled migrants from the Philippines for New Zealand employers.

RecruitNZ is POEA accredited – meaning they are a Philippines Government approved recruitment service in New Zealand.

Recruit NZ has a large base of skilled workers already in New Zealand with working visas, pre-screened by their team and waiting for employment opportunities in NZ.

VisaAide consultants work closely with the Recruit NZ recruiters to provide as seamless as possible a visa processing or change of use approval.

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