Information about Japanese Interpreters Work Visa

People from Japan, who are qualified to interpret and translate Japanese and English, can come to New Zealand to work in our tourism industry. You’ll need an offer of full-time work as an interpreter from a New Zealand tourism-related industry employer who can guarantee to cover costs like your wages or salary, accommodation in New Zealand, and your return home. While you’re here, you’ll get valuable work experience that may help your career and benefit both Japan and New Zealand.

Overview

Overview

Length of stay

Up to 3 years


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Things to note

  • It’ll improve your chances of getting a visa, if you’re young, have experience working in a tourism-related industry, and you’re planning to use your experience in New Zealand to do work that will benefit Japan or New Zealand.
  • The length of your stay will depend on the length of your job offer.
  • You can't include a partner or dependent children in your visa application, but they can apply for visas based on their relationship to you.

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Criteria

Meeting the criteria

The criteria and evidence below will provide you with the information you need to meet the requirements.

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Identity

You must provide proof of your identity

You must provide proof of your identity:

Acceptable photos

You may provide your original passport, or a certified copy when you submit your application. If you provide a certified copy we may request your original passport to complete your application.

Your passport must be valid for at least 3 months after you plan to leave New Zealand.

Character

You must be of good character

You may need to provide police certificates as proof of your good character.

If you are aged 17 or older and plan to stay in New Zealand for more than 24 months (including any time you have already spent in New Zealand), you must provide police certificates from:

  • any country you are a citizen of
  • any country you have spent more than 5 years in since you turned 17.

You do not need to provide police certificates if:

  • you have provided them to us with an earlier visa application, and
  • they were issued in the previous 24 months.

Good character

How to get a police certificate

If you provide a police certificate that is not in English, you must provide an English translation.

This includes police certificates that record no convictions.

New Zealand job offer

You must have offered a job as an interpreter

The job you’re offered must be full-time and from a tourism-industry employer.  You’ll need to provide a copy of your employment agreement, which must include:

  • a description of the work you’ll be doing
  • your employer’s name and contact details
  • details of your pay and other conditions of your employment
  • your working hours
  • the length of your contract
  • details of any qualifications or experience or you’ll need to do the work.

New Zealand employer guarantee

Your employer must provide a written guarantee to cover certain costs

Your employer must provide a written guarantee that they’ll cover the following costs:

  • your wages or salary
  • any medical treatment not covered by the Accident Compensation Corporation
  • your accommodation for the whole time you’re in New Zealand
  • your return home, once your employment ends.

Your employer may include their guarantee as part of your employment agreement.

Qualifications

You must be qualified to interpret and translate Japanese and English

Any evidence that shows you’re qualified to interpret and translate Japanese and English.
Evidence may include a certified copy of any qualifications.

Tourism background

If you have experience in at tourism-related industry, you may use it to support your visa application

Evidence may include:

  • a certified copy of your tourism-related qualification
  • letter from your current or previous employer(s) explaining the tourism-related work you’ve done for them.

We’re more likely to grant a visa, if you have a tourism background. Especially if you’re planning a career in tourism that will benefit Japan and and/or New Zealand.

Process

Process

The information below will help you understand the process so you can plan ahead and have the best chance of submitting a complete application.

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Fees & receiving centre

Fees & receiving centre

The information below will help you understand the process, timeframes and costs involved in applying for this visa, so you can plan ahead and have the best chance of submitting a complete application.

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Conditions

Conditions

These are the conditions that you must meet once you have your visa.

Entry permission

You must apply for entry permission when you arrive in New Zealand. You can do this by completing an arrival card, which you are given on the way to New Zealand.

Arriving in New Zealand

You can be refused entry permission if:

  • you don’t meet our character requirements
  • your circumstances have changed since you were granted a visa
  • you refuse to let us to take your photo, or provide us with your fingerprints or an iris scan, if we ask you for them.

Travel

After you arrive, you can travel in and out of New Zealand as many times as you like before your visa expires.

Work

You may work only in the specific occupation, for the employer and in the location specified on your visa.

Study

You can study for up to 3 months in any 12-month period.

Visa expiry

You must leave New Zealand before your visa expires.

If you’ve been in New Zealand on a Japanese Interpreters Work visa for 3 years, you can only apply for another Japanese Interpreters Work visa after you’ve been back in Japan for 3 years.

Employers

Employer obligations

New Zealand employers have certain obligations they must meet when employing a non New Zealand resident.

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What an employer needs to do

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Genuine attempt to recruit

You must have tried to recruit New Zealanders for the positions

Evidence you’ve attempted to recruit New Zealanders first may include proof you:

  • advertised the work in a large newspaper or website
  • asked a recruitment agency to help you find candidates
  • asked Work and Income for help to find candidates.

Job offer

You must provide your candidate with an offer of full-time work in a tourism-related industry

Your candidate will need a written employment agreement in a tourism-related industry to support their visa application, which must include:

  • a description of the work they’ll be doing
  • your name and contact details
  • details of their pay and other conditions of employment
  • their working hours
  • the length of their contract
  • details of any qualifications or experience they’ll need to do the work.

 

Employment agreements must comply with New Zealand employment law.

Minimum employment rights

Guarantee to cover certain costs

You must provide your candidate with a written guarantee that you’ll cover certain costs

Before we can grant your candidate a visa, we’ll need your written guarantee that you’ll cover the following costs for them:

  • their wages or salary
  • any medical treatment not covered by the Accident Compensation Corporation
  • their accommodation for the whole time they’re in New Zealand
  • their return home, once their employment ends.

Your guarantee may be included in your candidate’s employment agreement.