Hiring a migrant during COVID-19

Find out what you need to do to hire a migrant and the visa options available.

Hiring a migrant who is outside New Zealand

If the migrant you want to hire is not already in New Zealand, they will only be able to travel here if they:

  • are an eligible traveller, or
  • have a critical purpose reason to travel.

People who are eligible to travel include New Zealand citizens or permanent residents, Australian citizens or residents, visa waiver travellers, and people who hold a valid temporary entry visa. 

Reopening the New Zealand border

Bringing workers to New Zealand

Hiring a migrant who is already in New Zealand

If the migrant you want to hire is already in New Zealand, whether you can hire them may be affected by COVID-19 and their visa conditions.

If their visa was due to expire soon, it may have been extended due to COVID-19, or their visa conditions may have been relaxed to let them stay here for longer.

Visa extensions and visa conditions

Hiring migrants in New Zealand on student, work, resident or interim visas

Support a candidate's visa application

You can only hire migrants if you have not been able to find New Zealanders to do the work. If you do consider hiring a migrant who is in New Zealand, there are obligations you need to meet before your potential employee can start working for you.

Find out about the requirements and conditions of various visas, and what support you can give to help your employees with their visa application process.

Check a candidate's visa status

Options for repeat or high volume hiring

If you frequently hire migrants or have many positions to fill, there are several options for streamlining the visa application process.