The FTA includes commitments for skilled workers from China to enter New Zealand for temporary employment, without labour market testing (but subject to specified qualifications and work experience requirements, registration if required, and the requirement for a bona fide job offer), if they work in one of the following occupations:
For more information, see China Special Work Category.
In addition, a maximum of 1000 skilled Chinese workers at any one time may be granted temporary employment for up to three years, in specified occupations where New Zealand has a skills shortage. Entry is limited to no more than 100 workers in each occupation at any one time.
The list of occupations (which all have specific qualification and experience requirements) is as follows:
For more information, see China Skilled Workers Category.
For more information about the FTA, visit www.ChinaFTA.govt.nz.
Alongside the FTA, New Zealand has established a working holiday scheme with China. The scheme allows 1000 young, well-educated Chinese, aged 18 to 30 inclusive, to holiday in New Zealand for 12 months, and undertake some employment and study while they are here.
Successful applicants may undertake any employment except permanent employment and are not able to work for any single employer for more than three months. Applicants may enrol in one or more courses of training or study of up to three months' duration in total during their visit to New Zealand.
For more information on the requirements, see China Working Holiday Scheme.