To request a permission to work in New Zealand is an easy procedure
and there are
some ways to get it. The first situation is for those
people outside New Zealand, and the second for those within the country. In
both situtions the process consists in four steps but if you
are already in New Zealand,
it can even facilitate the process. Anyone can apply for a visa or work permit, and there is no discrimination
for sex, religion
origin etc. What exists is during the application it will be taken into account whether or not you are taking the place of
a Kiwi worker and whether the fee was paid. What ever is your situation, Tourist (Visitor) or Student (study), to change the visa or have permission to work in New Zealand
with a Work Visa you do not need to leave the country to get it.
talking here on this page about getting a working visa but
there are many forms of working visa such as working holiday visa,
partnership, work during events in NZ, visa for students to gain work experience
while completing their course, work visas for artists and athletes
with sponsorship and each category has different
rules. More information about it NZ immigration
The main steps
1) Get a job - this is the most difficult step of all. Until
you get a job offer, or someone willing to guarantee you job,
there is no point to request it. The only exception is for students who are enrolled in more than six months full
time course. Then, the permission can be given before employment
be found, but the student has to be with good level of English IELTS
2) Once you got an offer - you can ask the employer to fill the form called Employer Supplementary Form
code (NZIS 1113). It is best to get it and send the form to the employer. This can be
done at any office of the immigration department (or embassy in your country) or download it via Internet (PDF). The employer must respond to all questions of the
form and sign . Keep it because this document is yours to use
in the third stage of the process.
3) After the employer has signed - you must fill out your application form to work in New Zealand:
Application to Work in New Zealand
(NZIS 1015). After
complete the form, sign, pay the fee, and send it to immigration or the
embassy with the form filled out by the boss. To recap:. NZIS1113 Form
+ Form NZIS 1015 + fee paid OK = Work Legal Immigration. Do
not forget to make copies of everything you will send.
4) Wait for the answer - do not start any work before receiving the OK from immigration. If you work before receiving the response, the permit may be canceled and you
may be considered illegal. If everything is in accordance with the standards and conditions of the Department of Immigration, the chances of getting a permit are quite reasonable.Guide
to fill the work visa form in NZ.
Considerations before applying to work:
- Form: Application to Work in New Zealand, is annoying to fill, but
reading carefully you will understand what should and should not be filled
(better fill out with pencil first).
- The Employer Form is easy to fill and very few
people may refuse to do it (probably only those wanting to pay very little and exploit
- The worst thing about the Work Permit: it is valid only for that
particular job and for that period of time and you will need
to do all again if you change job or this one ends. It's
too much work for temporary employment for less than one month,
with the exception for students (with more than 6 months
course full time course) and for other applicants such as the" program work for
residence", where the process is different and you can change jobs with the same permission.
Help applied for a job in a curtain shop and the
only thing she needs to do is open and close
curtains and smile to customers.