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Exploring Visa Categories with Liberty Consulting Group Limited

Work Visas.

At Immigration Services, we provide specialist advice on work visas for New Zealand. We can help you understand the conditions of your work visa and advise on the options available to you. We can also help you apply for changes to the conditions of your work visa and represent you in any appeals or reviews. Our experienced team of advisors are up to date on the latest changes in immigration policy and the conditions of work visas. We can provide you with the best advice to ensure that you remain compliant with your visa conditions. Contact us today to discuss your work visa needs.

Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV).

The Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) is the most common work visa people apply for when applying to work in New Zealand. To apply for an Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV), an applicant must have a job offer from a New Zealand employer who is accredited by the New Zealand Government.

Employers apply separately to become accredited, and that application needs to be approved before a work visa is logged. The employer will apply for the job offer you receive to be cleared by New Zealand Immigration Department. 

The criteria for an Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV).

  • The applicant must hold a job offer cleared by New Zealand Immigration Department, including the legal pay rate for the position.

  • The applicant must prove that he/she are suitably qualified and experienced to undertake the job-position offered. 

  • The applicant must be in good health and hold certificate of good character from his/her home country.

  • All visa issued from Immigration of New Zealand (INZ) will have an expiry date.

  • In some cases, the applicant of Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV), may be offered or granted the chance to apply for residence. 

Work Visas Partnership Visa (Non- New Zealand Partner).

Once a migrant worker secures a job in New Zealand, their partner is just as keen to start working. The benefit of "Partnership Visa" is that there are no restrictions on what job, employer or area of New Zealand the partner can work. The government has signaled a change to this visa, and it may become more difficult to secure in the future.

  • Partner of non - New Zealand who hold a Working Visa maybe eligible for a work visa for the same duration as their partner's work visa. 

  • The applicant must satisfy New Zealand Immigration and be of good health and character.

  • In some cases, income thresholds of the migrant worker are a requirement before a partnership visa is issued. 

 Contact Liberty Consulting Group for a free consultation to see if this is the right visa for you or your       business. 

Work To Residence.

Once Any person on a work visa may be eligible to apply for residence under normal residence policy. There is a special pathway to residence for the following work visas. 

  • Talent Visa (Arts, Culture and Sport).

  • Religious Work Visa.

  • Accredited Employer Work Visa (only for certain occupations or rates of pay).

For holder of the above work visas, residence may be applied for immediately or after 2 to 3 years of employment, subject to good health and character, and meeting a number of other specific requirements. Refer to " Residence from Work" in the "Residence Visas" section of this website. 

Acknowledgment 1: In all cases, applicants must be of good character and health. A medical or character waiver can be made in special cases.

Acknowledgement 2: Because of the specialist nature of the activities involved, unique procedures need to be followed in some cases.

Applicants and employers should seek professional advice because there are multiple complexities involved. 

Talent Visas (Arts, Culture and Sport).

A pathway to residence for people who have an international reputation in the area of Arts, Sports or Culture. To apply for this visa, a person will need the support of a recognized New Zealand national body and a personal sponsor. The threshold for this visa is high, and applicants will need to document their track record of international success.

  • Applicants may be considered for a Work visa based on their talent in the fields of Arts, Culture or Sports if supported by a relevant organization of "national repute". 

  • The Applicant must be of good character and health. 

Post Study Work Visa.

After all the hard study is done and dusted, there is a limited opportunity to work to gain some local experience before heading home. The type of New Zealand qualification completed will determine how long a work visa is valid.

  • After finishing study in certain approved courses, some applicants may be eligible for a work visa valid for between 12 to 36 months (depending on the type of qualification completed), enabling work in any job. 

  • Applicant must be of good character and be in good health. 

Working Holiday Visas. 

Designed to attract young people to New Zealand looking for an action-packed adventure with the opportunity to work simultaneously. A great way to explore the country, meet new people and earn money to support your travel.

  • There are more than 10 countries with which New Zealand now has reciprocal arrangements offering opportunities for young travelers.

  • There is normally an age limit of 18 - 30.

  • In many cases, places are limited by quota, first come, first serviced.

  • Must not undertake permanent employment.

  • Applicants to be of good health and character. 

Religious Worker.

Allows the recruitment of experienced religious workers to support the efforts of community religious groups.

  • Under some circumstances, religious organizations can apply for Work Visas for religious workers.

  • Must be sponsored.

  • Applicants to be of good health and character.

  • Pathway to residence. 

Student and Trainee Visa.

An opportunity for overseas students to complete course related practical training or work experience in New Zealand environment. A great way to get some overseas experience.

  • Work visas can be issued to support students for whom work training is an integral part of their qualification. Examples include Medical and Dental trainees and Jockeys.

Specialist Work Visa Categories.

These visas support local primary industries and, in some limited cases, hospitality.                  Quotas may apply along with qualification and/or experience requirements. 

  • Other specialist visas include Horticultural and Viticulture Seasonal Workers and Foreign Crews of Fishing Vessels.

  • Accommodation and repatriation obligations on employers may apply. 

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