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.
The quota opened on 29 April 2013 at 10:00am (New Zealand time) and was filled within a very short time.
No further Silver Fern Job Search work visa applications can be submitted online at this time.
Important note: The demand for Silver Fern Job Search visas is exceptionally high. 300 places are available on an annual basis. There are currently no places available under this year's quota. If you have missed out on a place this year, you can try again next year. But please note that you will not be guaranteed a place, and that places are taken on a first in first served basis.
Applications must be made using the online application system. You will need a valid Visa or MasterCard credit card. This is the only way to pay for your online application. Manual or paper-based applications which are received by INZ will be returned to the applicant.
If your application is accepted you will be advised by email and asked to send in further documentation to the appropriate receiving office within three months.
If the documentation is not received within three months, the branch may determine your application without it.
The Silver Fern Job Search visa will be valid for travel for six months from the date it is issued. Once you enter New Zealand, the Silver Fern Job Search visa will allow you to stay for nine months from the date you arrived. You will be able to travel and re-enter New Zealand during this time.
You must also meet our health and character requirements. Applicants for the Silver Fern Job Search visa must intend to find long-term skilled employment, so the health and character requirements applicable to people who intend to stay in New Zealand for a total of more than 24 months apply, regardless of the duration of the visa itself. You will have to provide evidence of your health and character (see the evidence you will need below).
The Silver Fern Job Search visa is for highly skilled people with recognised qualifications. You will 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 bachelors 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 Appendix 6 - List of Skilled Occupations in the Operational Manual. You will also need to show that you have two years of work experience that:
If your online application is accepted, you will receive an email from us to let you know which documents we need, and where to send them. Unless indicated otherwise, you should send in certified copies of your documents. These documents include:
For more details, see the Silver Fern Job Search: questions and answers.
Applications must be made using the online application system. Before you think about applying, make sure you have met all the requirements on this page.
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