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New Zealand - Work Permits
In order to apply for a temporary work permit for New Zealand you need to be in good health, not have a criminal record in your home country and ensure that your passport still has at least three months left to run after your planned final date in New Zealand.
Those who are granted a work visa will need to be sure that the work they do is in line with any restrictions placed on the visa, that they do not break any laws while they are in the country and that they do not remain in the country after the last date allowed on their visa. If any of these conditions are broken you may be deported back to your home country.
There are also certain requirements for different categories of applicants. Those who have a job offer but the employment does not fall into the category of a specialist worker will only be granted a permit if the employer can prove that a New Zealander cannot do the job. Students will need to prove that the work experience is essential to their study before they will be granted a work permit. Other students may be able to get a work permit if they study in the country first then intend to remain to seek work. Skilled nationals from a number of Asian countries may be able to obtain a work permit for specific categories of skilled professions.
When applying for the visa you should do so as early as possible as the permits can take a while to be approved, particularly if you already have an offer of work. An applicant can wait several weeks to hear if their application has been approved and delays can be caused if the necessary documentation is not included with the application or if more information is requested.
A certain amount of documentation is required in support of your application. The application form should be completed and sent in with the appropriate fee, your passport and a passport photograph. In addition you should provide photocopies of supporting documentation. These include qualifications for the job you wish to do and evidence of work experience. If you have a firm offer of employment you will need to submit the details of this. Medical certificates may be required if you intend to be working in the country for more than 6 months. A valid police check certificate from your country of origin will be required to show that you have no criminal record.
The health checks are to determine that you will be capable of carrying out the work that you need to do. Those who are suffering from TB or who have serious health conditions that may require the use of publicly funded health care services will not normally get approval for a work permit. In addition, those who are considered to be at risk of becoming ill and needing long term medical care will normally have their application declined.
Applicants who are unsure about which category they should be applying in can use the checker on the New Zealand Immigration website which helps to determine which categories may apply to them.
New Zealand Immigration Department
PO Box 3705
Tel: 09069 100 100 (from UK)
Tel: +64 9 914 4100 (from other countries)
Tel: 09 914 4100 (from Auckland)
Tel: 0508 558 855 (from other parts of New Zealand)
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