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New Zealand employers are not willing to offer me employment

The decision to extend an offer of employment to a candidate who does not have the right to work in New Zealand is the choice of the employer.

Some New Zealand employers have a policy of not making offers of employment to overseas workers unless that person already holds a visa allowing them to work in New Zealand. This may be because they are not experiencing a shortage of appropriately qualified and/or experienced New Zealanders for their position. In the interests of protecting New Zealand workers, Immigration New Zealand cannot issue work visas to overseas citizens if there are suitably qualified and/or experienced New Zealand workers able to fill the position.

However other employers are willing to offer employment to foreign workers and support them through the visa application process if they have been unable to find suitably qualified and/or experienced New Zealand workers.

For more information on employment sectors and regions of New Zealand which are experiencing labour shortages you should refer to our Essential Skills in Demand Lists.

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