New Zealand General Work Visa

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Essential Skills Work Visa

The New Zealand Essential Skills Work Policy enables New Zealand employers to recruit workers from overseas to fill skills shortages that cannot be met within New Zealand. A New Zealand Work Visa enables you to work in New Zealand for up to three years for the company that sponsors you. Visa First can organise your NZ Work Visa in just three weeks depending on your application.

Job Offer Requirements

To apply for a New Zealand Work Visa you will need a job offer from an approved New Zealand employer. Your job offer must be:

  • in an occupation on one of the Essential Skills in Demand Lists and you must have the skills and experience to fill the position, or
  • from an employer who has a current approval in principle from New Zealand Immigration Authorites for your recruitment, or
  • New Zealand Immigration Authorites are satisfied there are no suitable New Zealanders available, or no New Zealanders readily able to be trained to do the job.

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If you're a nurse or tradesperson - Visa First can help find you a job placement in New Zealand.

Call now to book your New Zealand Visa today. Our team will send you all the forms you need and start processing your NZ Visa immediately. Alternatively, you can apply online.

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The Immigration Advisers Authority ensures your interests is protected at any of the stages of your visa application. Employing a registered New Zealand immigration consultant, Visa First follows a strict code of conduct when dealing with each applicant. Our expertise can prove invaluable for your success, as many seeking work in New Zealand before you can testify.

Why Apply With Visa First

  • Full support - you get a personal migration expert available to you whenever you need.
  • 100% success - we won't lodge your application until it's complete and you are fully eligible.
  • Respected representation - immigration authorities know we assess and look after each application.
  • Experience and expertise on your side - over 10 years in the business have shown us every possible case. We'll handle your as well.

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Visafirst have a complete range of services to help people get sorted for their trip. See if you will need any of the below.

International Driving Licence (IDL) / New Zealand

An International Drivers' Licence shows that you hold a valid Driver's Licence in your country of origin and will allow you to drive in New Zealand. The IDL is translated into eight languages and means that police and other authorities in different countries can understand your licence in their own language. You need to get your IDL before you leave for New Zealand. If you are an Irish resident, Visa First can organise your IDL in just 24 hours after we receive your application. To apply you'll need an application form, a copy of your Irish Driver's Licence and a passport photo.


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Money Transfers (NZ) / New Zealand

If you organise your bank account with Visa First, you will be able to transfer money to and from New Zealand at the lowest rates for international money exchange. Contact us today and learn why we provide the lowest international funds transfers rates.


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New Zealand Bank Account / New Zealand

Visa First makes sure you can start working and getting paid as soon as you get to New Zealand. We will organise 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.


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New Zealand IRD Number / New Zealand

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%.


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NZ Tax Refunds / New Zealand

Most working holiday makers overpay tax in New Zealand and are owed a tax refund at the end of the tax year. Our customers get average refunds of $500 from New Zealand. As part of the Visa First Taxsaver Pack we'll help you get your New Zealand tax back.


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