If you have a job offer from a New Zealand employer you may be able to get a temporary work visa under the Essential Skills work category.
Other categories of work visa and requirements are listed on our Working in New Zealand page.
The ANZSCO is a list of occupations that we use as part of the assessment of applications under the Essential Skills work category. It provides information about:
Find out more, and see the ANZSCO.
In addition to meeting our good health and good character requirements, you will need to prove that you are suitably qualified for the position by showing evidence of qualifications or training you have undertaken or work experience you have gained. When assessing whether you are suitably qualified for a position, we will consider whether you have the qualifications and/or work experience described as the prerequisite for the occupation on the ANZSCO.
Your job offer must:
The employer has to show that they have genuinely searched, and, where appropriate, have engaged Work and Income for suitably qualified and trained New Zealand workers.
The employer also has to explain why:
We also need to be satisfied that the employer has previously met – and will continue to meet – New Zealand employment and immigration laws.
We are required to conduct a labour market test to confirm that no suitable New Zealand workers are available. As part of the labour market test, INZ may seek advice from Work and Income whether suitable New Zealand workers are available
We will not consider that the evidence is sufficient if either of the following situations apply.
Employers are encouraged to engage with Work and Income prior to a migrant submitting an Essential Skills work application to show a genuine attempt to recruit suitable New Zealanders.
Early engagement with Work and Income, and obtaining their support if New Zealand workers are not available, may help reduce the processing time of the Essential Skills work application.
To lodge an employment vacancy the employer can visit Work and Income or they can contact their local Work and Income Work Broker.