Support a candidate's visa application Pacific Access Category Resident visa

If you want to hire someone from Fiji, Kiribati, Tuvalu, or Tonga who’ll be able to work for you permanently, and you can offer them a full-time job, you may be able to do so under this visa.

What an employer needs to do

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Job offer

You must provide a written employment agreement, a cover letter and a job description which your candidate will need to support their application

For us to grant your candidate a resident visa, they must provide a written employment agreement, which must:

  • be for at least 30 hours a week and be ongoing for at least 12 months, with an option of more work after that
  • include a full job description, terms and conditions for the job, and your contact details
  • pay at least NZ$33,739.68 a year before tax if they have dependent children
  • pay no less than the minimum wage if they don’t have dependent children
  • comply with New Zealand employment law.


You also need to provide a job description and a covering letter.

Minimum employment rights

Writing a job description

Employment agreement builder

If your candidate’s partner also has a job offer, the minimum income requirement can be shared between them, as long as one partner has a full-time job.

You don’t have to check if there are any New Zealanders available to do the work before you offer the job.

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