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Practical info & visas

Helpful information to make your dream a reality.

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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.

Job vacancies haven’t quite regained pre-global crash levels, but they’re are at their highest since mid 2008. Unemployment was down to 6.2% by September 2013, well below the OECD overall average of 7.9%. And business confidence is at a 20-year high.

Finding a job

Being overseas isn’t a major handicap if you’re looking for work in New Zealand.

Before you start looking for a job view our industry pages, job market overview and tips for job hunting.

There are many job vacancy websites to visit, or you can go straight to the sites of employers in your field. Specialist job website designed to connect offshore workers with NZ employers include Workhere and New Kiwis. The two largest general job websites are Seek and Trade Me, although you'll find that employers on these sites will not always be open to hiring from overseas.

You’ll find links to many more job hunting sites at Careers New Zealand, which is a useful Government website dedicated to helping job hunters. It’s well worth bookmarking.

To help you find a job and plan your move try the NZ Ready planning tool. It will help you create a customised list of things to do before you leave and when you first arrive.

Choosing the right visa

There may be a number of New Zealand visas you are eligible to apply for.

Our work-related visas fall into two general categories:

There are a number of other New Zealand visas, including ones for your partner or family. View information on this site about study visas or investment visas, or visit Immigration New Zealand for a definitive list of all visas.


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Register your interest

Take the first step to a new life by registering your interest with Immigration New Zealand. We’ll send you personalised emails about job opportunities in your profession, life in New Zealand and choosing the right visa.


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