Visa Applications for New Zealand or Australia
Frequently asked questions (and answers)
I need someone to manage my visa application. How do I start working with VisaAide?
The process would start with you completing an initial assessment which gathers vital information we need in order to provide you with objective and accurate advice.
From this, we will assess your circumstances and advise you on your options and which option we feel is best for you to take.
If you then choose to work with us, we will arrange an agreement to be signed which will outline the services we will provide and the costs involved.
The adviser handling your case would then arrange a time to speak with you to discuss the circumstances of your application then create a tailored list of information that you will need to provide for the application.
During the process, your adviser will be available over the phone, Skype or email for any questions that you may have.
I just need someone to review my application to make sure everything is alright. Can VisaAide do this?
Sure. We can complete a comprehensive review of your application and provide you with a detailed report outlining any potential issues.
I just need some advice. How does it work?
You can email or call us if you need some help, which is ideal if you just have a couple of quick questions. Alternatively, if you require more time or have a complex issue to discuss, we have paid Skype, phone or office based consultations available which you can book online.
How much will it cost for VisaAide to manage my application?
Each application has different requirements and therefore the costs are assessed on the individual circumstances of each case.
Prior to you agreeing to work with us, we provide you with a quote outlining the total costs involved in your application.
Payments are normally broken down into instalments which spreads the costs.
VisaAide accepts Visa and MasterCard, Direct Debit, PayPal and Bank Cheque.
Can VisaAide help with visas other than for New Zealand and Australia?
Unfortunately, we are unable to assist with immigration matters that do not relate to New Zealand or Australia. However, if you are in New Zealand, we highly recommend you contact Travcour – who can assist a wide range of visas.
Can VisaAide assist with finding me employment in New Zealand?
Unfortunately, we are unable to assist you with your employment search at this stage.
However, if you are a working in the Glass, Canvas or Fire industries, or have experience as an upholsterer or quantity surveyor/estimator, Recruit NZ want to hear from you.
For New Zealand Employers
What do I need to do if I want to employ non-New Zealand citizens in my business?
In most cases, the potential employee would be applying for an Essential Skills work visa. This application requires, among other things, that the employer make genuine attempts at employing a NZ citizen or resident.
There are other visa options so check with us first.
How do I know if someone can work in New Zealand?
You may be able to use VisaView to confirm someone’s work rights in NZ. Visit http://www.immigration.govt.nz/employers/resources/visaview/
I have employees that don’t have New Zealand passports and I need them to work short term in Australia.
Subclass 400 is normally the most appropriate visa to apply for if your employee’s intention is to complete short term, highly skilled work in Australia. However, it does not suit every situation and we highly recommend that you discuss the details of the visit with us before applying for this or any type of visa.
Please note: An ETA or eVisitor allows for business activities – for example, a conference, to receive training, or a business meeting, but does not allow work.
New Zealand Visa Applications
Is my qualification relevant to my offer of employment in New Zealand?
This question can sometimes be difficult to answer. It is best to contact us before applying for your visa if you are unsure.
I have found employment in New Zealand. Can I apply for a Work or Residence visa?
Not all offers of employment will meet work or residence criteria. It best to have the circumstances fully assessed by a professional before making an application.
PPI Letters – I have received a letter from Immigration NZ saying they want more information and that they may decline my application. Can VisaAide help me with my response?
Yes, we are able to help. Contact us now as normally you have very limited time to respond.
Australian Visa Applications
Can I apply for an Australian student visa while in New Zealand?
You can apply for a student visa while in New Zealand but it is recommended that you hold a valid New Zealand visa for the time your application is being processed.
You need to study a CRICOS registered course to be eligible for an Australian student visa. Unfortunately, we are unable to assist with Australian enrollments at this stage.
Can I apply for an Australia visitor visa while in NZ?
Yes, you are able to apply from within NZ. However, your NZ visa status may affect the way your application is assessed. Eg, if you hold a NZ visitor visa your chances of obtaining an Australian visitor visa will be generally lower than that of a NZ permanent resident.
I am a New Zealand citizen. Can I apply to migrate to Australia?
The special category visa or 444 visa allows a NZ citizen to live a work in Australia as long as they are not considered to be of health or character concern. However, this visa will not normally lead to residency. Recent changes announced may allow certain 444 visa holders who meet the criteria to apply for Australian residency after July 2017. In the meantime, NZ citizens can apply for residency just like any other nationality.
If you are considering making the move to Australia, it’s best to check your residency options with us first.