New Zealand Work to Residence FAQs
 
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Once you contact us on the phone or on the web to request information for one of our services we will provide you with a free eligibility assessment which will determine the most appropriate visa for you. The assessment will include preliminary information on the visa conditions and how you meet the eligibility requirements. Once you agree to use our service we will process your visa application through to completion. Our service covers the checking of your documents and personal details for correctness before we lodge your application with the relevant Government/Embassy. In the event that we spot any missing information/documents from your application we will follow up by giving you a phone call or sending you an email to request the necessary details.

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The Work to Residence Visa enables you to work in New Zealand for a period of up to 3 years. You can apply for permanent New Zealand residency after 2 years of working on this visa. Visa First can organise your NZ work to residence visa in just 3 weeks depending on your application.


To be apply for the NZ work to residence visa you must be sponsored by an eligible NZ employer. Visa First can give you a free assessment of your New Zealand employer’s eligibility to sponsor you.

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Your job in New Zealand must be consistent with the position description lodged with New Zealand Immigration at the time of your sponsorship. If your position is to change, you must first seek approval from immigration by lodging a new position description.

If the new position is different from your initial position description or if you wish to change employer, you will need to lodge a new NZ Visa application


Yes. To be eligible for a New Zealand Work-Residence Visa you must be aged less than 56 years.


No, any nationality can apply for a work to residence visa once they have an approved job offer.


The following documents are required for the assessment stage of your New Zealand Sponsorship Visa application:

1. A genuine job offer from a New Zealand employer, who is willing to sponsor you. This job offer/employment contract must include:

  • The company business and trading names.
  • The company contact details (postal address, telephone/fax numbers etc).
  • Title of the job position and a description of the position including the skills and qualifications required to do the job and details of the tasks that will be performed in the position.
  • The period of employment and working hours (not less than 40 hours per week).
  • Base salary and total remuneration package offered per annum. The base salary is the gross salary excluding any additional payments or allowances such as superannuation, accommodation, bonuses, commissions, shares, meals, vehicles etc.

2. Curriculum Vitae (CV). You will need to send an updated copy of your CV including:

  • Certified* copies of any education and training certificates/diplomas, as well as any other evidence of qualifications obtained that are relevant to your job offer.
  • Certified copies of employer references.
  • Your full employment history with information for each employer/position including the employer's name, position held/name of occupation, date started, date finished, duties/tasks/responsibilities.

*To certify your documents you need to visit a registered Justice of the Peace Attorney in order to certify the copies of the documents requested. On the copies, the Justice of the Peace must put the date, sign and stamp, as well as his/ her name and contact details.

On receipt of the above documents we will contact you to confirm your assessment results and to advise you on the next step of your visa application. Additional documentation requirements will then follow.



A chest x-ray and/or medical examination will be a part of your New Zealand Work to Residence Visa application, but please do not get your examinations done in advance. There is a strict procedure related to all health examinations and we will notify you of this procedure in detail at a later stage.

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  • The company business and trading names.
  • The company contact details (postal address, telephone/fax numbers etc).
  • Title of the job and a description of the position including the skills and qualifications required to do the job and details of the tasks that will be performed in the position.
  • The period of employment and working hours (no less than 40 hours per week).
  • Base salary and total remuneration package offered per annum. The base salary is the gross salary excluding any additional payments or allowances such as superannuation, accommodation, bonuses, commissions, shares, meals, vehicles etc.



Your CV should be at least one page and no longer than four pages long. It must include:

  • Your full contact details;
  • Your education history;
  • Your fluency in English, written and spoken;
  • Certified copies of any education and training certificates/diplomas, as well as any other evidence of qualifications obtained that are relevant to your job offer;
  • Certified copies of employer references.
  • Your full employment history with information for each employer/position including the employer's name, position held/name of occupation, date started, date finished, duties/tasks/responsibilities.



  • If you have tertiary qualifications, then a MINIMUM of one years experience relevant to the nominated position is required.
  • If the tertiary qualification is less than a degree (i.e. a diploma or certificate) then the MINIMUM experience required will be at least 2-3 years.
  • If there is no tertiary qualification, a MINIMUM of 5 years experience relevant to the nominated position is required.

It also depends on the NZ Standard Classification of Occupations as to what is actually required of prospective applicants, according to what it deems as the qualification requirement of the position that is nominated. All relevant employment experience must be evidenced via references from previous employers.



Certificates (e.g. Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, Cisco Training, Microsoft Certified Professional, Microsoft Training) do NOT count as a formal qualification for New Zealand Work to Residence applications. The certificate courses referred to vary in duration. You may be able to tally the duration of each and come up with something meaningful but it would depend on each individual case and the level of experience combined with what you have. A couple of these certificates with 2 years experience may not suffice.

Register online for your NZ Visa and Visa First will assess your eligibility.


Visa First has priority processing with the New Zealand Immigration Authorities which enables visa applications to be finalised within 6-8 weeks. However, the processing time of a visa depends on each individual case and so timeframes may vary. Please note that insufficient information from either you or your sponsoring employer may result in additional delays or visa refusal.


Visa First is the only company with an online visa status engine through which you can check the status of your New Zealand Working Holiday Visa application 24/7. Check your NZ visa status here.


No. Visa First will assess your eligibility for this NZ Visa for free. Your eligibility will be based on a number of criteria including your qualifications and work experience. We will not apply for your visa unless we are confident that you are eligible. Visit Am I Eligible? for more information.


Yes, you can apply for a New Zealand Work to Residence Visa from within New Zealand.

Apply online for your New Zealand Work Visa today.


If your New Zealand Work Visa application is refused, you can apply for a review of the decision. You will be notified of your review rights in writing. You will also be advised how to apply for a review and the time limits for lodging such an application.


Make sure you print and keep a copy of your work to residence visa approval letter. We also advise that you discuss health insurance arrangements with your sponsor.


Once your NZ Visa application has been successfully submitted, you will not be able to receive a refund of the application charge.


Once your application has been successfully submitted, you will not be able to receive a refund of the application charge.Spouse, de-facto and dependants of New Zealand Work to Residence Visa holders are able to work and study during their stay in New Zealand. Spouses and dependants, however, may incur education/tuition costs for any study undertaken in New Zealand. You should contact the relevant education provider about such costs. You should note that under State legislation, school-age dependants may be required to attend school while in New Zealand. Dependants studying at tertiary level attract the same fees as those which apply to overseas students.


A dependant is a member of the family unit of a visa applicant. This may include the spouse/ partner of the applicant, any dependent children (under 18 years of age) or some other dependent relative.


Visa First makes sure you can start working and getting paid as soon as you get to New Zealand. Our partner Traveltowork can start organising your New Zealand bank account before you leave home which means you can transfer money in advance and access it as soon as you arrive. Apply for your NZ bank account today.


To work in New Zealand, you will need a New Zealand Tax Number – called an Inland Revenue Department (IRD) number. Without an IRD number you will pay tax at the emergency rate of 48%. The Visa First NZ Taxsaver Pack gives you step-by-step instructions for getting your NZ IRD number fast so you can start earning and pay tax at the normal rate of 29%. Apply for a New Zealand Taxsaver Pack today.


At Visa First we do everything we can to make sure you receive the best possible service. If you feel that we have not achieved this goal we have set up a complaints handling process:

Complaints Process:
  1. Where an official complaint is received by Visa First, the company will record the nature of the complaint and issue an acknowledgement email to the client within 5 business days of receiving the complaint. The acknowledgement will provide the client with the contact name who is responsible for dealing with the complaint. The official complaint must be made by email (you may also write, although this will slow down the process), and confirm that the client wishes to enter this process. Please email your complaint to complaints@visafirst.com
  2. Visa First will investigate the complaint as swiftly as possible and where applicable, the complainant will receive a regular written update on the progress of the investigation at intervals of not more than 20 business days.
  3. Visa First will try to resolve the complaint within 40 business days of having received the complaint. If the complaint cannot be resolved within 40 business days, the Firm will write to the complainant notifying them of the anticipated timeframe for the conclusion of the investigation.
  4. Within 5 business days of the conclusion of the investigation of the complaint, Visa First will issue a resolution letter detailing the outcome of the investigation. This letter will include, if applicable, an explanation of the terms of any offer that the company is prepared to make in settlement of the complaint.



Occupationgross salary $net salary $
     
Chef de Partie $36,400 - 40,000 $31,010 - 33,980
Primary School Teacher $46,000 - 72,000 $38,930 - 57,320
Carpenter $37,500 - 60,500 $31,917 - 49,330
Registered Nurse $47,000 - 64,000 $39,755 - 51,780
Accountant $45,100 - 81,000 $38,187 - 63,350
Diesel mechanic $46,700 - 79,000 $39,507 - 62,010



Auckland-$460; Bay of plenty-$330; Canterbury-$470; West Coast-$250; Otago-$295; Southland-$225


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