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Visas to work in New Zealand are readily available and with different options to suit your needs. If you're an Australian citizen, you don't need to worry about getting a visa, just come on over!
There are two main types of work to residence visas that you can apply for:
Once you’ve been in New Zealand for at least 24 months on a work to residence visa you may be eligible to upgrade your visa to residence status under the Residence from Work Category. Once granted, you can continue live and work in New Zealand permanently and come and go from New Zealand without travel conditions.
If you have certain skills, qualifications or experience that are in demand in New Zealand, you may be able to apply for a resident visa under the skilled migrant category. This is a points system based on factors like your work experience and qualifications, age, and an offer of skilled employment. If successful, you'll be issued either a resident visa or job search visa.
There are also a number of visas available for your partner and children to be able to join you here.
New Zealand has working holiday scheme agreements with many countries. This option is is a great way to see if you like living and working in Wellington before deciding to move here permanently.
Working holiday visas are available to people, usually aged 18-30, but 18-35 in a select few countries. They let you travel and work in New Zealand for up to 12 months, or 23 months if you’re from the UK.
There are a number of other New Zealand visas available for specific situations. Visit Immigration New Zealand's website for the full list.
If you've gained a qualification in your home country, you may need to help employers in New Zealand understand what you have achieved.
In New Zealand, we use a national qualifications framework which ranks qualifications from 0 to 10. A doctoral degree is 10, a master’s degree is 8, bachelor’s degree is 7 and a diploma is 5 or 6. The New Zealand Qualifications Authority website has more information on understanding this framework.
You can then check Immigration New Zealand’s list of overseas qualifications and how they rank on New Zealand’s framework.
If your particular qualification isn’t listed, you can submit it to the New Zealand Qualifications Authority for an International Qualifications Assessment. This will show you what qualifications in New Zealand are similar to the one you have received, which can help prospective employers understand your achievements when applying for jobs here.