If you have specialist skills or work in an area of skills shortage, and have such qualification that is equivalent to those that New Zealand employers are used to, you’ll find that there are great career opportunities for you here. For more information, which covers skill shortage areas, tips on job hunting, industry profile and more?
Choosing the right visa
There may be a number of visas you are eligible to apply for – each one has its own criteria and application process.
Resident visas mostly allow you to live there and work as well in New Zealand for indefinite period of time and access most publicly funded services.
The Skilled Migrant Category uses a points system based on factors that includes age,your qualifications, work experience and an offer of skilled employment to determine eligibility.
Another option is the Residence from Work visa. Once you have held a Work to Residence visa for at least 24 months time period, you would be able to eligible to apply.
Temporary visas allow you to live and work in New Zealand for a finite period of time. Working temporarily can be used as a step towards gaining residence and settling there permanently.
There are a varied type of work visas for people that work in a profession that is experiencing skill shortages or have a job offer from a New Zealand employer.
The Working holiday visa is basically for people who are young, usually aged 18-30. This option lets you travel and work in New Zealand for up to 12 months, or 23 months if you’re from the UK.
There are a also some other New Zealand visas available for different situations.For more information Visit Immigration New Zealand’s website for the full list.