If you have a vacancy and the occupation is on the Immediate Skill Shortage List (ISSL), you can employ a worker from overseas. You won’t need to show that you tried to recruit New Zealand citizens or residents.
Your new employee can apply for an Essential Skills work visa for the length of their employment contract or, if the position is ongoing, for up to three years.
There is no age limit for employees applying for an Essential Skills work visa, as this visa does not lead directly to residence.
If you are offering an ongoing job, your employee might be able to qualify for residence under the Skilled Migrant Category if they meet the requirements. Or, if you’re an accredited employer and the job offer meets the requirements, they could apply for a Work to Residence visa instead.
Whether the job you’re offering is temporary or permanent, it needs to:
As an employer, you need to:
To qualify for an Essential Skills work visa under the ISSL option, your employee will need to: