The Essential Skills Work Visa allows you to work and stay in New Zealand if you have been offered a full-time job. your employer must check if any New Zealanders are available to do the work before the employer can offer you the job offer. If you are granted this work visa, you may be able to add your spouse and dependent children with your application.
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This visa is for an individual who has required qualification and skills and been offered a full-time job.Source: Immigration New Zealand
Step 1 – You are offered full-time work in New Zealand
You must provide an ‘Employer Supplementary Form’ duly completed by your employer mentioning the job you have been offered.
The employer must also provide strong evidence that they have made all available attempts to hire New Zealanders, unless:
you have been offered a job on one of the Essential Skills in Demand Lists,
you fulfil the qualification and work experience requirements listed for your occupation,
you are applying to continue working in your current role and have applied, for a Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa based on your present job, or
you are submitting application for a visa to work in your present full-time position, with the same employer in New Zealand and in the same region, and you have a valid work visa (including a Working Holiday Visa), a study visa to study Masters or PhD, or a Critical Purpose Visitor Visa, or for more than 6 months as an ‘other critical worker’.
Step 2 – Apply for a work visa
Complete the paper application form and send it to Immigration New Zealand with your application fee, immigration levy, and the documents listed in the checklist on the form. You should go though following guide before you apply your visa.
Step 3 – Decision about your visa application
If there is anything else you need to do, Immigration New Zealand will be in touch.Source: Immigration New Zealand
All applicants must provide:
Application cost NZD$332
This is the charge for Immigration New Zealand to start processing your visa application. Immigration New Zealand does not refund application fees if your application is refused. A non-refundable immigration levy is charged and is included in the cost.Source: Immigration New Zealand
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