Different from a working holiday visa, a general New Zealand work visa helps local employers fill gaps in their companies by recruiting migrant workers when they’ve been unsuccessful recruiting New Zealand residents or can’t find locals with the right skills. This is great news for anyone who would love to live in New Zealand for a few years and has the qualifications or experience employers are looking for.
A New Zealand general work visa is valid for 3-5 years and permits you to work within your one chosen profession or occupation. This means you can’t legally switch careers while using the visa. Although this rule is fairly restrictive; it’s definitely worth it for the opportunity to work and live somewhere as amazing as New Zealand.
How to apply for a general New Zealand Work Visa
Getting a general New Zealand work visa isn’t as easy as filling out a few forms and collecting a few documents together. To start, you need to have an approved job offer in line with your skills and experience from a New Zealand employer who is willing to sponsor you. If you’re a nurse or trades person, Visa First can help simplify this process and assist you in finding work in New Zealand before submitting your application. For your application to be successful, you also need to meet basic character, language and health requirements.
Collect all necessary documents and extras
To get a New Zealand general work visa you need:
- Job offer from an approved New Zealand employer in an occupation on the ‘Essential Skills in Demand’ lists
- Up-to-date CV that shows details of relevant formal qualifications or experience
- Valid passport
- Completed work visa application
- Funds to pay the visa fee
Present your documents
When you’ve collected everything you need, in order to apply for your visa online via the official website or print off your application, fill it out and send it along with copies of your documents to the visa processing postal address.
New Zealand general work visas take on average 23 days to process if you apply online; and 25 days to process if you apply via the postal service. If you use a company like Visa First to handle your application for you; you’ll receive your visa a little sooner, usually within three weeks.
How much your New Zealand general work visa will cost; depends on your nationality and the country in which you live. As a rough guide, most visas cost around $298 NZD when applying online outside New Zealand.