How to hire migrants

If you are looking at hiring migrants for the first time, the immigration process can seem overwhelming. You may be unsure of what to do and at what stage.

The recruitment process and securing a visa will take time. There are a few important things you need to know to make the process easier for you:

  • Before hiring a migrant, some visas may require you to complete a Labour Market Test to make sure there aren’t New Zealanders who are able to do the job
  • We have tools like SkillFinder that can connect you with offshore migrant candidates who are keen to bring their skills to New Zealand
  • For most visa applications a migrant will need a written job offer, and meet health and character requirements.
  • A migrant cannot start working for you until their visa has been approved.

The Finding and Hiring section of this website has more information to help you get started.

SkillFinder tool

Finding and Hiring

Health requirements 

Character requirements - for temporary visas

Character requirements - for resident visas