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Immigration New Zealand

Auckland Jewish Immigration provides free updated visa information and a Jewish approach to the immigration process.

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.

Go to the Immigration New Zealand website - https://www.immigration.govt.nz

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

Finding and applying for jobs

If you're thinking of coming to New Zealand to work for a few years, or maybe even to settle, you'll need a work or resident visa. To get that - you're likely to need a job. It's perfectly acceptable and legal to apply for jobs before you get a visa. Employers generally understand the situation, and when you get a job, will help you with your visa application. Just remember however you won't be able to start working, and earning, until your visa is approved.

This section has practical information to help you find a job in New Zealand. As you'll see, even if you're not yet in the country, there's lots you can do to get started.

Other skills and avenues

If your skills aren't on the shortage lists or you'd really like to go for residency, it may still be possible to get a visa.

For instance, you may be able to apply for residency as a Skilled Migrant. You may also be able to apply for a work visa if you're offered a job by an employer who can't find a local worker for the vacancy.

Job market overview

The unemployment rate now 5.5%.

The economic influences that have underpinned recent strong growth still apply - migration generating more demand. The government expects employment to remain strong over the next three years but to grow but at a slowing rate.

The job sectors driving employment growth are changing. Recent employment growth has been in manufacturing, particularly in Auckland, mostly in food production, machinery and equipment manufacturing, and textile manufacturing.

Nearly half (44%) of annual employment growth to June 2015 was in Auckland.

Skilled job vacancies advertised on three major internet job boards - SEEK, TradeMe jobs, and the Education Gazette increased by nearly 4% over the year to June 2015.

For the latest overview, visit the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's Market Update.

Job market & key industries

While employment conditions are expected remain strong, the Government forecasts target the growth rate for 2018 in identifying the shortage of skill occupations

More detail is in the Job Market Overview below.

There are many job openings for specialists in industries such as medicine, engineering and IT. But there are also opportunities to contribute more generalist skills.

Skills in demand

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

If you are offered a job in New Zealand 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.

A full list of current skill shortages in New Zealand can be found through site below:-

http://skillshortages.immigration.govt.nz

Other skills and avenues

If your skills aren't on the shortage lists or you'd really like to go for residency, it may still be possible to get a visa.

For instance, you may be able to apply for residency as a Skilled Migrant. You may also be able to apply for a work visa if you're offered a job by an employer who can't find a local worker for the vacancy.

Job sites to explore

Specialist sites - sites designed to connect offshore workers with NZ employers:

Other job sites - lots of jobs, but employers will not always be open to hiring from overseas:

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