Essential Skills Work Visa

An essential skills visa is granted to applicants who have a job offer from a New Zealand employer. The employer must normally demonstrate  that they have made genuine attempts to recruit New Zealanders but have been unable to find a New Zealand citizen or resident who was suitable for the role offered.

Key requirements include:

  • Applicants must demonstrate they are suitably qualified for the role by having an appropriate qualification or work experience
  • Employers must have good workplace practices and be compliant with immigration and employment law
  • The remuneration offered must be at least $21.25 per hour to be granted a visa longer than 1 year