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Information for New Zealand employers who want to hire a migrant and sponsor their visa application

If you are managing a New Zealand business, you no doubt know how difficult it can be to find good, qualified staff. At times, the best person for the job will be someone who is not local, but is either in New Zealand on a work visa or is still overseas. What can you, as an employer, legally do to utilize such sources of labor and how much time, effort, and cost will it involve? Find answers here.

While the application process for most visas is led by the candidate, you will want to have met all your obligations so your potential employee can start working for you as soon as possible. Knowing the right visa for the candidate is important as it will ensure that the application will be successful.

What is the normal application process?

Visa applications normally take 4-5 weeks to be desided, but the application should be well-prepared. As an employer, you are responsible for the following documents:

  • Employer supplementary form
  • Employment documents
  • A letter of support
  • Evidence of advertising attempts (showing New Zealanders are not available), if applicable
  • Compliance with employment legislation

If you have never sponsored a visa before, we will be happy to assist you with this matter. We meet with the employer to understand their needs and develop the best available visa application strategy. From this point we take over management of the process, freeing the employer from the time-consuming liaison and document collection process necessary for a thorough visa application. We liaise directly with the potential candidate (the applicant) and Immigration New Zealand on behalf of the employer, aiming to secure the necessary visa in a short a time frame.

We manage the entire application process and provide employers with:

  • Advice on immigration law
  • Assistance with drafting supporting documents and letters
  • Advice on compliance and potential issues

We take on responsibility for:

  • Preparing detailed applications to Immigration New Zealand
  • Making detailed written legal submissions to the government bodies
  • Raising complaints, if appropriate
  • Ongoing liaison with Immigration New Zealand and other bodies during all stages of processing