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 employment are more likely to be granted a visa under this category.

Offering a job

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 the Long Term Skill Shortage List are more likely to be successful.

Skill shortage list check

Before your employee starts working for you

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

You can use our online system to do this.

Check a candidate's visa status - VisaView

Meeting your obligations as an employer

There are minimum rights and obligations that apply by law to employers and employees.

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