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Work Visa New Zealand From India

New Zealand has a range of work visas designed for foreign nationals who intend to live and work in the country. If you’re from India, you can apply for a New Zealand work visa as long as you meet the eligibility requirements.

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    Visas That Allow You to Work in New Zealand

    New Zealand offers diverse opportunities for foreign nationals who wish to migrate to the beautiful Oceania country for work-related purposes.

    If you are from India, you must apply for a work visa before you can enter New Zealand to work. If your visa application is successful, you will have access to a stable economy, high-quality healthcare, and excellent education.

    The New Zealand work visas cater to different work purposes, including short-term business visits, long-term visas for skilled jobs, and work visas for individuals with exceptional talents, among others.

    It’s important to review each work visa’s eligibility requirements before applying. Several work visas may require you to have a previous job offer, and a few may need specific skills and qualifications.

    You’ll also need to consider your family reunification goals. Some work visas will allow you to bring your dependents, while others will not. The visa you should apply for should suit your qualifications, immigration goals, and other individual circumstances.

    Our immigration lawyers can help you determine your eligibility for each of the New Zealand work visas. Call +44 (0)333 305 9375 to speak to one of our lawyers.

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    List of New Zealand Work Visas for Indians

    If you are an Indian looking to work in New Zealand, the most common work visas you can apply for include:

    • Accredited Employer Work Visa
    • Business Visitor Visa
    • Partner of a Worker Work Visa
    • Skilled Migrant Category Residence Visa
    • Specific Purpose Work Visa
    • Straight to Residence Visa
    • Talent Work Visa

    Accredited Employer Work Visa

    This visa allows you to work for an employer that has been accredited by the New Zealand immigration authorities to hire a foreign worker.

    To be eligible for the Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV), you must meet the following requirements:

    • Your job offer must be full-time and at least for 30 hours a week
    • Meet the skills, qualifications, and work experience for the job role as outlined in the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO)
    • Earn at least the New Zealand median wage unless your job is on an exemption list

    The validity of your Accredited Employer Work Visa depends on your pay rate. Generally, you can live and work in New Zealand for up to 5 years if you earn at least NZD 29.66 per hour. Furthermore, the visa costs NZD 750 to apply and is usually processed within 7 weeks.

    Business Visitor Visa

    You can apply for a Business Visitor Visa to conduct work-related activities lasting up to 3 months in New Zealand.

    This visa covers the following activities:

    • Official trade mission recognised by the New Zealand government
    • Buying and selling of goods and services
    • Negotiations or discussions of the set-up, expansion or wind-up of a business in New Zealand
    • Conducting any business with the authorised representatives of an overseas company, body or person

    The eligibility requirements for the Business Visitor Visa include:

    • You must have sufficient funds to support yourself
    • You must prove that you intend to return back to your home country at the end of your business activity
    • You must provide a letter from your employer or a New Zealand company confirming the reasons for your visit
    • You must have complete medical insurance
    • You must have a return ticket

    The Business Visitor Visa costs NZD 211, and you will receive a decision within 3 weeks.

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      Partner of a Worker Work Visa

      If your partner is in New Zealand on a work visa, you can apply for a visa to join them and work for the same duration as their visa.

      To be eligible for this visa, you must meet the following requirements:

      • Your partner must have a work visa that is valid for at least 6 months
      • Your partner must support your application and complete the ‘Form for Partners Supporting Partnership-Based Temporary Entry Applications’ as evidence of their support
      • You and your partner must be living together in a genuine and stable relationship
      • You must have sufficient funds to support yourself while in the country

      Depending on the type of visa your partner has, you will either be allowed to take up any job or work for a specific employer. This visa costs NZD 700 and has a processing time of 6 months.

      Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa

      The Skilled Migrant Resident Visa allows you to live and work in New Zealand indefinitely. It is a points-based visa, and you will be required to earn 6 points based on your skills, qualifications, and income to qualify.

      Other requirements for this visa include:

      • You must be 55 years or younger at the time of your application
      • Your employment must either be full-time and permanent, for a fixed term of at least 12 months or a contract for services of at least 6 months
      • Your job must pay at least 1.5 times the median wage
      • You and your dependents above 16 must speak and understand English

      To apply for the visa, you should submit an expression of interest (EOI) online via the New Zealand Immigration website. Only if your EOI is approved can you apply for the visa. When applying, you will be required to pay NZD 4290.

      Specific Purpose Work Visa

      The Specific Work Purpose Visa allows you to enter New Zealand to take up a specific job or participate in a particular work-related event. Some specific individuals this visa pertains to include:

      • Senior business people on short-term secondments to New Zealand
      • Sports coaches and professional players
      • Referees, judges, and examiners of sports events or dance competitions
      • People working in the entertainment industry
      • Installers or servicers of specialised equipment or machinery

      To apply for this visa, you must prove that you intend to conduct a specific task in New Zealand and that you will return home at the end of your event. You can do so by submitting a return ticket and relevant documents detailing your purpose of travel.

      Your visa will be valid for the duration of your event. However, you can apply for an extension if you need to stay longer.

      Furthermore, you must pay NZD 700 when applying, and you will typically get a decision on your application within 4 weeks.

      Straight to Residence Visa

      The Straight to Residence Visa allows you to live, work, and study indefinitely in New Zealand.

      The main requirement for this visa is that you must have a job offer listed on Tier 1 of the Green List of in-demand jobs in New Zealand. Your job offer must be from an accredited New Zealand employer.

      Other requirements include:

      • You must be 55 years or younger
      • Be fluent in the English language
      • Your employment must be full-time and genuine
      • Your role is either permanent or fixed term for at least 12 months or a contract or contracts for at least 6 months or more
      • You must earn the median wage
      • You should have professional qualifications, memberships, and registrations for your job role as identified on Tier 1 of the Green List

      The Straight to Residence Visa costs NZD 4290 and is usually processed within 5 months.

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        Talent Work Visa

        You might be eligible for the New Zealand Talent Visa if you meet the following criteria:

        • Have exceptional talent in a field of art, culture or sport
        • Can prove that you have an international reputation and record of excellence in your field
        • Are not older than 55 years
        • Must be supported by a New Zealand organisation with a national reputation in your field
        • Have an acceptable sponsor if you cannot support yourself financially
        • Your presence in New Zealand will enhance the country’s achievements and participation in your field of art, sport or culture

        The Talent Visa costs NZD 860 and is valid for 30 months. You can apply for a residence visa after 2 years if you are still actively involved in your field of work and live indefinitely in New Zealand.

        What Are the Common Reasons for the Visa Denial in New Zealand for Indian Citizens?

        A New Zealand visa application can be denied for several reasons. Even after a visa has been approved, the immigration authorities can deny entry at the border if they are not satisfied that you met the entry requirements.

        Here are some common reasons for visa denials:

        1. If you do not meet the health and character requirements, you are a risk to New Zealand’s security and public safety.
        2. If you provided false or misleading information in your visa application or to an immigration officer.
        3. If you provided a false or altered document.
        4. If you cannot show evidence that you meet the requirements on your visa.

        How Can Total Law Help?

        Each New Zealand work visa has specific requirements you must meet. Otherwise, your application may be denied. However, at Total Law, we can help.

        We are a team of expert immigration lawyers with professional experience helping individuals with visa applications.

        Whether you have questions about specific work visa categories, need guidance on the application form, or require assistance with any aspect of the immigration process, our lawyers will ensure you have a successful outcome.

        To learn more about how we can help, call us at +44 (0)333 305 9375 or contact us online.

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                  Frequently Asked Questions

                  You can apply for a New Zealand work visa either online or in person at a visa application centre in India.

                  To apply online, visit the Immigration New Zealand website and select the relevant visa category.

                  Then, download the visa application form and complete it with your required information. You should upload your form, a copy of your valid passport, and other supporting documents and pay the application fees.

                  If you’re applying on paper, you should send your application form and supporting documents to a visa application centre in India.

                  The process of obtaining a New Zealand work visa is not difficult. Most of the visa application process is done via New Zealand’s immigration website, and if you have all your documents, it will only take a few minutes.

                  As long as you meet the visa requirements and submit the appropriate documents, you should expect a successful outcome.

                  No. New Zealand has no agreement with India for the Working Holiday Visa route.