Support a candidate's visa application Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa

A skilled workforce is essential to New Zealand’s economic growth. We encourage people who have the skills we need in our workplaces to come here. People who have job offers for skilled work are more likely to be granted a visa under this category.

What an employer needs to do

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Visa status

You must check the people you hire are allowed to work in New Zealand

Before your employee starts working for you, you must check they are allowed to work in New Zealand.

You can use our VisaView online tool to do this.

Check a candidate's visa status

Job offer

Your applicant must have a job offer

You’re allowed to offer a job to someone who doesn’t have a visa but your offer should be conditional on that person getting a visa.

We use a points system to decide who we’ll invite to apply for residence under the Skilled Migrant Category.

For your candidate to be able to claim points for their job offer, it must be for:

  • a skilled occupation
  • full-time work (at least 30 hours a week)
  • permanent employment for 12 months or more , or on a contract basis, if your candidate can show us they have a  history of consistent contract work, a current contract for services, and that the work’s likely to be ongoing
  • an employer who has good workplace practices and complies with immigration, employment and other laws.

Applicants whose jobs are on one of the skill shortage lists or are in an future growth area are more likely to be successful.

Skill shortage list check

Employer responsibilities and obligations

You must meet minimum rights and obligations under both employment and immigration law

As an employer, this means:

  • paying the same market rate you would pay a New Zealander to do the work
  • meeting holiday and leave requirements
  • providing a safe workplace.


Minimum employment rights and obligations

Support a visa application

You should complete an ‘Employer Supplementary Form’

Employers should complete this form for current or prospective employees who are applying for residence under the Skilled Migrant Category and claiming points for Skilled Employment.

If submitting additional documents, submit photocopies only. Do not submit original documents as they will not be returned to you. If we need to see an original document, we will ask you to produce it at a later time.

Employer Supplementary Form for Skilled Migrant (INZ 1235) PDF 264KB

If further information is required regarding your employment of the applicant for a resident visa under the Skilled Migrant Category, Immigration New Zealand may contact you directly.

Do not submit this form directly to Immigration New Zealand. This form must be submitted by the person who is applying for residence.


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