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Online Visa Options Check - it's live!

The new and improved online Visa Options Check is now live on the Immigration New Zealand website. This is the first "product" of IGMS (the Immigration Global Management System, or Immigration ONLINE).

Go to https://visaoptions.immigration.govt.nz/Home/Landing.aspx

Visa Options Check

Check if you are eligible for a New Zealand visa. The results show the visas you may be eligible for, but you need to apply to Immigration New Zealand for approval. There is NO guarantee your application will be approved. Start by choosing from the options below:

Visit - Visit New Zealand for a short period

  • Tourist
  • Visit family or friends
  • Working holiday
  • Business visitor

Study - Study in New Zealand

  • Learn English
  • Attend a primary or secondary school
  • Attend a university or polytechnic

Work - Work in New Zealand temporarily or permanently

  • Skilled work
  • Working holiday
  • Work after study
  • Start or buy a business
  • Join a partner

Great job opportunities: A range of specialist openings

There are many openings for specialists in industries such as medicine, engineering and IT. But there are also opportunities to contribute more generalist skills.There are 11 key areas of work where skilled workers are definitely needed in New Zealand in 2013 and going forward:

  • Healthcare
  • Health technology
  • Information technology
  • Agriculture and forestry
  • Construction
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Science
  • Oil and gas
  • Tourism and hospitality
  • Business and finance

If your profession isn't mentioned above or you require more comprehensive information then visit Careers New Zealand.

Skill shortage lists

Some skills are in chronically short supply, and Immigration New Zealand has lists of skill shortages.

If you are offered a job which appears on a skill shortage list and you have the qualifications and experience to match, getting a work and residence visa will be easier. This is because the Government has identified that employers need to recruit people from overseas to help meet demand for your skills.

But if your job is not on a shortage list, don't be disheartened. There are other work visa and resident visa options that might be right for you.

Balance business with pleasure

Imagine a place where you can work to the highest professional standards, then in half an hour or less be relaxing on a beach, hiking through beautiful native bush, pounding down a mountain bike track or just chilling with friends in your back garden over a fine New Zealand wine.

That's what you can look forward to when you bring your skills to New Zealand.

But if your job is not on a shortage list, don't be disheartened. There are other work visa and resident visa options that might be right for you.

Employment - New Kiwis

The purpose of New Kiwis is to connect overseas and local migrant job seekers with New Zealand Employers. For help
with your recruitment at no cost New Zealand Employers are able to tap into local skills or if you can't find the skills
you need in New Zealand we will help you go global.

If you are a returning Kiwi or a Migrant job seeker looking to live and work in New Zealand New Kiwis hosts
informational resources to help you make an informed decision about New Zealand jobs and moving to New Zealand.

Job searching in New Zealand is very likely to differ from the way in which you job searched in your country.

New Kiwis provides information about searching for a job in New Zealand including how to write a great CV and
where to go to find out about your industry and occupation.

We make every effort to ensure that all information on our site is accurate at the time of listing,
however, we do not accept liability for accuracy or content.

New Kiwis is a national employment initiative by the Auckland Chamber of Commerce and Immigration New Zealand.

Job seekers - click here
Employers - click here

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