Hiring a migrant already in New Zealand

Before a migrant can begin working for you, you must check that the conditions of their visa allow them to work. Conditions vary depending on which visa a migrant holds and individual migrants may also have specific conditions on their visa.

Check a candidate's visa status

Check a candidate's visa status

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

Student visa holders

Student visa holders

Some students are able to work for up to 20 hours a week during the academic year and some may work full-time during breaks.

Working Holiday visa holders

Working Holiday visa holders

Working holidaymakers from most participating countries can stay in New Zealand for up to a year. Citizens of the United Kingdom can stay for 23 months.

Work visa holders

Work visa holders

A Work Visa is typically granted based on a specific job and employer.

Resident visa holders

Resident visa holders

Most resident visa holders can work for any employer.

Interim visas

Interim visas

If you have an employee who is applying for a further work visa then they may be granted an interim visa that allows them to stay in New Zealand lawfully while their application is processed. They may be eligible to continue working on an interim visa if the job is in the same position, for the same employer and in the same location as their current visa.