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New Zealand – Eligibility to Work

Eligibility to work for both principal applicant and spouse:

  • Principal applicant must have a NZ employer.
  • If overseas employer wishes to second employee to NZ to work for subsidiary, employer must justify reason.
  • Assignee would need to provide specialist skills or be of senior management.
  • Visas can be issued up to 5 years typically 3 years, dependent on salary applicant would be paid in NZ.
  • Accompanying spouse or partner would receive open work visa for same period as principal applicant.
  • Applicants must meet health and character requirements.
  • Spouse or partner must prove they have lived together 12 months prior to application.