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New Zealand is warmly welcoming back skilled workers into the country after the turbulence of COVID-19.

There are also exciting changes to visa options available for those hoping to work here.   Many employers greatly value the skills and dedication that migrant workers bring. Now is the perfect time to seek new career challenges and experiences in the unique community of Aotearoa.  

NZ Visa Connections understands that migrants want to know how they can apply for a job without a visa or get a visa without a job. We can help you navigate this issue.  

We can support your approach to employers, reassuring them about the visa application process.  

When an employer knows that you have local professional immigration help, they feel more confident about making that important step of offering you the job. 

Essential Skills Work Visa 

This category closes on 3rd July 2022. 

The Essential Skills Work Visa category is the most common choice for employers. Valid for up to 3 years it allows migrants to work in a specific job for an employer. You must be qualified to do the job and your employer must show they cannot find a New Zealander to fill the role.  

This popular visa is being replaced by the new Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV).  

NZ Visa Connections can help you navigate this complex work visa category. It’s had many changes over the past 2 years in response to COVID-19 so professional help here is vital.  

Accredited Employer Work Visa

This category opens from 4 July 2022

If you are an employer or business, please read more about how this new category can help you and affect your current processes of employing overseas workers here.
The new Accredited Employer work visa starts soon and will be the main pathway for overseas workers.

    • Your potential employer must be accredited with Immigration New Zealand.
    • You must be offered a full-time position and have the skills or expertise to qualify you for the job.
    • This visa may help you on your journey to acquiring residence.
    • There are many criteria that must be met for this visa to be successfully achieved.

Get in touch now to see if you qualify.

Partnership Work Visa  

Did you know you could get a work visa based on your partnership? Maybe your partner is a New Zealander or is working or studying here?  

Your visa would be an ‘open’ work visa meaning you can work for any employer, part or full time.  

A critical part of this visa is being able to prove you are living in a genuine and stable relationship. This sounds easy but is actually one of the most complex parts of most visa applications. Professional help can avoid your application being declined and can assist you to head to residence on a smooth pathway.  

Working Holiday Visa 

New Zealand is a famous destination for young people wanting to work and travel. There are various schemes available, depending on where you are from with some of these now open for working travellers. 

Talk to us, we can help you work out if you can apply.     

Post Study Work Visa 

After completing your studies in New Zealand, this visa is a natural progression for international students looking to remain here and start their careers.  

Typically, the New Zealand Post Study Work Visa is granted for a period of 1-3 years.   

Applicants are required to provide:   

  • evidence of completion of their course of study  
  • proof of funds of $4200 per year to maintain themselves.  

NZ Visa Connections can help you with your application, particularly if the recent border restrictions have inhibited your ability to stay in or return to New Zealand as a student. 

Specific Purpose Work Visa 

Immigration New Zealand offers a range of work visas which enable skilled workers to enter for a range of diverse purposes. If your situation is unique talk to us now to see whether one of these visas might be perfect for you.  The complexity of this category can cause some vital steps to be missed.

NZ Visa Connections gives Immigration New Zealand all the information we know they’ll be looking for.

Immigration New Zealand offers a range of work visas which enable skilled workers to enter for a range of diverse purposes. If your situation is unique talk to us now to see whether one of these visas might be perfect for you. The complexity of this category can cause some vital steps to be missed.

NZ Visa Connections gives Immigration New Zealand all the information we know they’ll be looking for.

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  • "Overall, my experience with NZ Visa Connections has been very pleasant and enjoyable. They provided me with the peace of mind and confidence that everything will be sorted, and that my visa application was in very good hands. The team was very efficient, organized, and “on-the-ball” on all immigration policies and requirements. The weekly video chats to check on the progress of my “paper trail” was very helpful. It was a very professional engagement with a personal touch. "

    Jessica Misa Baird, Work Visa Support

  • "My experience has truly been nothing short of easy and amazing. NZ Visa Connections has been thorough since the inception of our relationship. Understanding the ins and outs of the process has been overwhelming and not always easy to follow. But, they've been transparent, calming and honest during an otherwise difficult to navigate process. The team goes above and beyond and it's very evident they are passionate about the work that they do."

    Ashley Bent, Work Visa Support

  • "Outstanding work from NZ Visa Connections in regards to helping our company secure visas for two of our key staff members. These two wonderful ladies have gone above and beyond for our company. Rebecca was the case manager for two of our staff members and  she worked exceptionally hard to renew their visas on the 11th hour. I was so impressed with her amazing ability to make things happen with such a positive outcome. "

    Lee Dewerson, Employer / Business services

  • "We first meet NZ Visa Connections back in 2017 when we were looking for an advisor to apply for Reon's first work Visa, We have continued to work with NZ Visa Connection ever since. With that said we have found them to be very professional throughout this process and have been Successful with our application for Reon Visas. Reon and myself would have no problem with recommending NZ Visa Connection to any person who needed Visa advice. "

    Ross & Reon Laird, Work Visa Support

  • "I was very nervous about trying to employ an international applicant, but NZ Visa Connections helped me employ the perfect person for our team, even making suggestions so we could apply for a 3-year Visa straight away. They assisted and supported me every step of the way, from helping with the advertisement to preparing Visa application documents, through to procuring the visa’s required for our employee. They were knowledgeable and eminently capable, and I would have no hesitation referring them to any other business thinking about hiring internationally."

    Lisa Coleman, Employer / Business services

  • "NZ Visa Connections basically took the stress out of my work and residence visa applications. I honestly feel so lucky to have found them in the first place --through my sister's colleague's recommendation. They were as amazing to work with as what we heard about them. The whole process was already quite streamlined for us (my partner and I). We simply had to follow through a well-defined checklist with details like: the importance of a specific document, suggestions and prompts for letters and other write up. It was very clear to us that they are the expert we needed."

    Donna Dychinco, Residence Visa support

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