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Economic Migration to New Zealand - Know about migrant work visas!

New Zealand

New Zealand is a skill-scarce country with a progressive and growing economy. Therefore, it encourages skilled labour from other countries to come and contribute to its economy. If you want to work in New Zealand, the first step for you is to find a job compatible with your skills.

The New Zealand Government issues a Skills Shortages list mentioning the sectors needing a skilled workforce. This great country is experiencing an economic migration. There is an estimate that the country's economy creates 40,000 jobs every year. Half of them are made in the sectors like accommodation, and food trade alone. Other important ones are agriculture, IT, transportation, education etc.

There are vacancies in other sectors like construction and logistics that do not require a high level of training or experience.

Talking about working in New Zealand, it is pretty easy if you are a foreigner. Working in New Zealand as a migrant has two broad options. One of these is holiday working visas, and another is skilled migrant category visas. Keep reading to explore more about each of these types of work visas.


Working Holiday Visa

A step towards increasing an economic migration to New Zealand is by offering Working Holiday Visa. This visa is helpful for those who want to visit New Zealand for a holiday and consider working here. It allows you to work for 12 months. However, if you are the UK or Canadian national, this period can extend up to 23 months. If the visa quota is complete, you will have to wait till next year.

Who can acquire this visa?
Nationals of the 46 countries can acquire this visa with whom New Zealand is offering working holiday schemes. 


Working Holiday Visa New Zealand requirements 

  • To get this visa, applicants must be between 18 and 30 years. Whereas for certain countries this limit is till 35. 
  • If the visa is for 23 months, you need to provide a General Medical Certificate.
  • You should have enough financial backup to afford a return ticket.
  • You are not allowed to do permanent jobs in New Zealand. 


How much money do you need for a Working Holiday Visa in New Zealand?

How much money you need varies by nationality. A copy of your bank statement may suffice as proof of your available funds. But for immigration purposes, you must be shown a minimum of NZ $350 per month. Otherwise, NZ $4200 for 12 months to meet living costs.



Working holiday visas cannot be extended. You can stay for an additional 3 months if you have a seasonal business. This seasonal work includes vegetables and fruit, or in the wine industry, you can live there for an additional three months.  


Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa

If you are a skilled person, you need to have a Skilled Migrant Category Visa. You can also study in New Zealand and reside with your partner and any dependent children (under age 24).


How many points is a skilled migrant visa NZ?

Your skilled migrant category visa eligibility is gauged through a point-based system. The minimum requirement for meeting this criterion is 160 points. You must possess 160 points to live indefinitely as a skilled worker.


Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa processing time

Usually, this visa takes 12 months to process. The majority of our Skilled Residence staff process the Resident Visa applications.



You must provide evidence of:

  • Your Identity
  • Good Character
  • Good Health
  • Work Experience In New Zealand (Or Abroad)
  • English Speaking Skills
  • It Also Requires That You Are Under The Age Of 55 And You Have A Recognized Qualification.
  • Moreover, You Must Send The Relevant Department An Expression Of Interest (EOI). Also, An Invitation you have received to apply for residence. 


Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa New Zealand cost?


A $530 online EOI application is required. If your EOI is accepted, the Skilled Migrant application costs $2700 and $3480. It will depend on where you live at the time of application: New Zealand, the Pacific, or elsewhere.


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