Applying for a work visa, as is the case in most other countries is quite a process as the Kiwi-government’s first priority is to protect the interest of their countrymen. However, non-New Zealanders can apply for a temporary work visa if he/she has a job offer from a New Zealand employer and is skilled in an occupation where there are not enough New Zealanders available to do the work. Visas granted under this policy will specify the occupation and employer where the person must work.
Specific purpose or event visas also specify an occupation and employer.
Certain kinds of work do not require a work visa. If your employment in New Zealand involves visits for business negotiations, short-term sales trips, work for official trade missions recognised by the New Zealand government, or work for overseas governments, you may be able to do it while on a visitor visa.
Most students are allowed to work part-time up to 20 hours a week while they study.
Students may also be granted a temporary work visa of up to 12 months duration after completion of their studies. All international students who complete a New Zealand qualification that would qualify for points under the Skilled Migrant Category (SMC) and have studied in New Zealand for at least one year if the qualification is at Level 7 or above on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF), or at least two years if the qualification is at level 4 to 6, have the opportunity to apply for a Post-study work visa (open). Students with an offer of employment relevant to their qualification may apply for a post-study work visa (employer assisted) for a further two years.
New Zealand has Working Holiday schemes with a number of countries. They generally entitle 18-30 year olds to holiday and undertake incidental work (in any occupation) in New Zealand for up to a year (two years for UK citizens).
New World Immigration offers South Africans a specialized tailor-made immigration service which includes a free assessment of prospective immigrant’s personal profile. This assessment considers, among other things, the applicant’s experience, qualifications and if whether their occupation meets the criteria set by the New Zealand Government.
The NWI team will consult with the applicant about the likelihood of their visa application being successful and on which visa would be most appropriate to apply for. The team then ensures that all application documents are duly and completed and submitted to ensure the best possible outcome of every application. Speak to a team member today and take the first step to a better life.