Search locally first

Before looking overseas for workers it's important to check there are no New Zealanders that can do the job. New Zealand’s immigration policies are designed to enable employers to access the skills they need to fill gaps in their workforce. And great care is taken to ensure that New Zealanders with comparable skills are not displaced.

Depending on the applicant's visa type, you may need to provide evidence that you couldn't find a suitable local candidate.

Attempts to recruit New Zealanders