- This is not current immigration instructions -
WI4 Domestic staff of diplomatic, consular and official staff (29/11/2010)
- Diplomatic, consular and official staff (see H2) posted to New Zealand may bring with them domestic staff such as cooks, nannies, drivers and gardeners.
Note: this does not include administrative and technical staff at posts in New Zealand.
- The following rules govern whether or not domestic staff employed by diplomatic, consular or official staff are eligible for work visas:
- the Protocol Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) must support their application for a work visa; and
- the applicant must:
- be single and over 18; or
- if married, have no children or dependants, and both partners must be offered employment with the same diplomatic, consular or official staff; and
- the applicant must not be a person who entered New Zealand by means of a working holiday scheme; and
- the applicant must leave New Zealand on termination of their employment or when the employer's tour of duty is complete; and
- the applicant must not undertake any other type of work or enrol in any formal study; and
- 3 years must pass before a person formerly employed in New Zealand under these provisions is eligible for a further period of domestic employment with another diplomatic, consular or official staff; and
- family members are not eligible for visas to join relatives who are domestic staff.
- Applicants must meet the lodgement, bona fide applicant and health and character requirements as set out at W2.10.1.
- A work visa (with multiple journey travel conditions if required) and entry permission current for a maximum period of 3 years may be granted to domestic staff of diplomatic, consular and official staff.
- Any work visa granted must specify the name of the diplomatic, consular or official staff for whom the domestic staff member will be working.
- Employers must ensure that prospective applicants are advised in writing and in their own language of the conditions relating to their employment in New Zealand.
- A further visa for up to 12 months beyond the normal 3-year maximum may be granted on an annual basis if the application is supported by the Protocol Division of MFAT.