Things to consider before hiring migrants

Hiring migrants is a great way for you to maintain and grow your business – especially if you are looking for workers with skills that are in short supply. Here are some key things to consider before you start hiring from overseas.

How to hire migrants

How to hire migrants

Make the process easier by watching our Immigration Basics video and reading about the important things you need to know.

Search locally first

Search locally first

Before looking overseas for workers it's important to check there are no New Zealanders that can do the job.

Check someone can legally work for you

Check someone can legally work for you

VisaView allows you to check whether a migrant can work for you, including the conditions of the visa, and the date of expiry.

Get to know the work visa options

Get to know the work visa options

A migrant must hold a visa that allows them to work when they begin their employment with you. The most common visas that let migrants work are explained here.

Skill Shortages

Skill Shortages

Some skills can be hard to find in New Zealand. Hiring workers from overseas can help fill these gaps. We have three different lists that record the skill shortages in New Zealand, and a List of Skilled Occupations.