300 Silver Fern Job Search visas are available each year. It is a very popular scheme, and places are usually taken on the opening day.
Important note: In 2014, Immigration New Zealand is introducing a new process for Silver Fern Job Search policy. There is no change in the requirements you meet for a Silver Fern Job Search visa. For more details, see the Silver Fern latest news item or Silver Fern Job Search: questions and answers. Further details will be available in early 2014.
Before you apply for a Job Search visa, you must:
The Silver Fern Job Search visa is for highly skilled people with recognised qualifications. You need to provide a New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) assessment – either an International Qualification Assessment or a Qualifications Assessment Report – of your qualification, unless one of the following applies.
If your qualification is required for employment where occupational registration is required in New Zealand, you must show that you hold, or can obtain, full or provisional registration for that occupation in New Zealand.
If you hold a tertiary qualification, you will need to show that it is equivalent to a New Zealand bachelor’s degree (level 7) or higher.
If you hold a trade qualification, you will need to show that it is equivalent to a National Certificate (level 4) or a New Zealand Certificate (level 4) and that it is relevant to an occupation on part B or C of our list of skilled occupations. To check the list, see Appendix 6 in the Operational Manual. You will also need to show that you have two years’ work experience that:
You must meet health and character requirements that apply to people who intend to stay in New Zealand for a total of more than 24 months. This is because, on a Silver Fern Job Search visa, you intend to find long-term skilled employment. This requirement applies even if your visa is granted for a shorter time.
The Silver Fern Job Search visa is valid for travel for six months from the date it is issued. Once you enter New Zealand, the Silver Fern Job Search visa allows you to stay for nine months from the date you arrive. You can travel and re-enter New Zealand during this time.
For more details, see the Silver Fern Job Search: questions and answers.
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