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The 'Catch 22' or 'Hen and Egg' dilemma

How can you get a job in New Zealand if you do not have a visa yet?

You need a job to get a visa, but you need a visa to get a job!  

Does this sound confusing? Let us explain the Catch 22 dilemma and how we can help you solve it. 


No job without a visa!

Job listings will often say: 

"Only applicants with the right to work in New Zealand may apply."

Or: "Unfortunately we are not able to consider your application if you do not possess a valid work permit or working visa."

Recruiters will respond along the same line: 

"Please get back in contact with us once you have obtained either residency or a work permit and we would be only too happy to assist. Good luck in your job search."


No visa without a job! 

Whether you want to apply for a work visa or a resident visa under the Skilled Migrant Category, you will need a job:

Read more about the importance of having a job offer to be able to claim enough points for your Expression of Interest to be selected from the pool: How many points do you need?

Our Licensed Immigration Adviser explains: Why you cannot apply for a visa if you do not have a job.



The bottom line is:

  1. You will find it very difficult to get a job if you do not have a visa
  2. Your work visa application will be declined and your Expression of Interest will not be selected if you do not provide evidence of a job offer.

So you ask yourself:  'How can I get a job if I do not have a visa?'

The Catch 22 dilemma really is a tricky position to be in, a vicious cycle, and as a result you will probably feel frustrated, stuck in a dead end and unable to take your migration plans further. 


How we work with you to overcome the Catch 22 dilemma: 

Our Job Search Team will work with you on finding a job that suits your professional skills while our Licensed Immigration Advisers will ensure that your future job will meet immigration requirements.

Your Licensed Immigration Advisers will 

  • take care of all visa related aspects of your migration and - at the same time -
  • work hand in hand with our in-house Job Search Professionals on a daily basis, here in our office in New Zealand;
  • advise you and the Job Search Team to ensure that your job search stays in line with visa requirements at all times; 
  • liaise with your New Zealand employer to educate them about your visa status; 
  • facilitate the swift processing of your work visa application.  

Your Job Search Team will  

  • take care of all job search related aspects of your migration and - at the same time -
  • liaise with your Licensed Immigration Adviser throughout your process to ensure that your job search is aligned with your visa application at all times;
  • ensure that you are only applying for positions that fulfil visa requirements and will eventually provide a base for your visa. 

By working hand in hand from under one roof throughout your entire migration process, both teams will coordinate and constantly fine-tune your job search and your visa application process. A perfect Fusion!


Find out more about how we work: Powerful Immigration Assistance.

Read more on how the Catch 22 affects your job search in practice.


Read more about working in New Zealand

 Are you eligible for a resident visa under Skilled Migrant Category? Find out by using our Quick Self-Check Guide.

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