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Can I offer a job to a worker from overseas?

Employers can offer a job to a worker from overseas, provided you comply with all relevant employment and immigration laws in force in New Zealand.  This includes: 

  • paying employees no less than the appropriate statutory minimum wage or other contracted industry standard; and 
  • meeting holiday and special leave requirements or other minimum statutory criteria, e.g. health and safety obligations; and 
  • only employing people who have authority to work in New Zealand; and
  • living and running a business in New Zealand lawfully yourself

This list is not exhaustive, so for further information refer to the Employer section of our website:

Complying with immigration and employment law

However, before your employee can commence work, they must obtain a work or resident visa.

Explore Work Visa options

Explore Resident Visa options

What if the worker from overseas is already in New Zealand?

The same information applies as above, although the process for obtaining a work visa may be slightly different.