New Zealand aims to attract skilled migrants from all over the world to fill job openings and ensure that the economy can thrive.
However, New Zealand has a responsibility towards New Zealand citizens and permanent residents and aims to achieve high levels of employment in our country.
To comply with this objective, the skilled migrant visa policies stipulate that Immigration New Zealand is required to conduct a 'labour market test' before granting a work visa.
Only once it has been established that no New Zealander can be found to fill a position, the specific job may be offered to an overseas job seeker.
When assessing a work visa application, the Immigration Officer in charge must be satisfied that the employer has made genuine attempts to attract and recruit New Zealand citizens or residence class visa holders and that there are no New Zealanders available to fill the specific role.
If a position is included in one of the skills shortage lists and the employee meets the necessary requirements as stipulated in the respective list, Immigration New Zealand accepts that no New Zealander is available to fill the role.
The employer does not have to undertake a Labour Market Test before offering the job to a migrant.
Employers who intend to recruit multiple workers are encouraged to apply for an Approval in Principle to recruit overseas personnel.
According to Immigration New Zealand, these are the most common reasons for New Zealand employers not meeting the ‘labour market test’:
Failure to provide key information such as a Skills Match Report, or evidence of genuine attempts to recruit New Zealanders will result in the application being declined!
Talk to one of our Licensed Immigration Advisers before submitting a work visa application.