You need a visa to get a job.
How can you get a job if you do not have a visa?
When you are looking for a job in New Zealand you will be asked whether you have a visa that allows you to take up employment in New Zealand.
Job listings will often say: "Only applicants with the right to work in New Zealand may apply."
On the other hand you cannot apply for a visa if you do not have a job.
You find yourself caught in a "Catch22" dilemma or "Hen and Egg" situation:
no job without visa and no visa without job.
Many skilled migrants will come across this predicament and will feel stuck in a dead end and unable to take their migration plans further.
At New Zealand Immigration Concepts we have developed a unique fusion of Immigration Advice and Job Search Assistance that will help our clients overcome the Catch22 hurdle:
Our Job Search Professionals work hand in hand with our Licensed Immigration Advisers, coordinating job search and visa application process.
If you ask us for a Professional Assessment, our Licensed Immigration Advisers and our Job Search Professionals will evaluate your chances and provide you with a suggestion on how to bridge the Catch 22 problem.
The Catch22 dilemma in practice:
Below are three different scenarios showing the far reaching consequences of this dilemma from a migrant's, recruiter's and employer's perspective:
A typical migrant inquiry:
"Hi Katrin, My husband Paul and I have been exploring the possibility of emigrating to New Zealand. We have already been advised that we would require job offers in order to secure visas. The biggest challenge we are encountering is in applying for vacancies in New Zealand. Do you offer assistance in this regard?"
The usual feedback from a recruiter:
'Dear A. Thank you for your recent application for work in New Zealand. Whilst the New Zealand market is currently seeking skilled candidates, most employers prefer to interview candidates face to face rather than conduct phone or video conference interviews. It is also preferred that you already are eligible to work in New Zealandand be available within 4 weeks. 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 with your job search. Regards, RG '
Many employers have reservations about going through the relatively lengthy, complicated and bureaucratic visa application process in support of a migrant candidate. This might make it difficult for you to convince a potential employer that you are still the best candidate for the role.
How our service fusion can help you overcome the Catch22 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.
We will liaise with your potential employer for you, explaining the process, providing support and making the process as smooth as possible for both you and your employer.
Our Licensed Immigration Advisers will ensure that your visa application will be prepared and lodged in a timely manner, follow through to completion and enable you to start working as soon as possible.
It really works!
"Good evening Julia. This morning I phoned Ruth W. from X. Basically I have let her know that we are in a daily contact. I also told her that from my perspective all is in very good shape and I am confident we will receive an answer to the work visa application very soon.
She mentioned that she wants me to start next week. I have a feeling that they are not willing to wait any longer. Ruth is very keen to know in which phase we are and how things are looking. Could you please give her a quick update on the current situation?
Thank you very much.
Kind regards, Christopher"
Our Licensed Immigration Adviser:
"Good morning Christopher. Sorry to have woken you this morning!! As discussed, your work visa has been approved - congratulations! Attached is the confirmation we have received from Immigration New Zealand. Please print this document and keep with your passport at all times.
We wish you luck on your first day!
Kind regards, Julia Cooke, Licensed New Zealand Immigration Adviser"
"WOW, Totally awesome Christopher. So thrilled for you that you get to have your dream to come true and you get to work in New Zealand. And for us here at X, we are thrilled that you will be working for us now.
Thank you so much, Julia, for all you have done to achieve this great result.
Please thank Maj and the other members of the team who have all done their part in achieving a work permit for such a fine young man as Christopher is.
This is certainly a wonderful day!
Have a great one too and kindest regards, Ruth W. | Director"
"Hello Julia and Ruth.
Yeaahhh. A dream has come true and I am so happy!
I cannot wait to join the X. team. :-)
Thank you very much for your help and support in this challenging time.
I really appreciate all you have done for me.
Kind regards, Christopher"
To find out how our service fusion can work for you ask us for a Free Assessment!
Read more about working in New Zealand
- Find out how our Job Search Professionals will boost your job search.
- Can we guarantee you that you will find a job in New Zealand?
- What is the next step once you have a job offer?
- Are your skills in demand? Skill shortages in New Zealand.
Are you eligible for a resident visa under Skilled Migrant Category? Find out by using our Quick Self-Check Guide.
Read more about becoming a New Zealand resident through the Skilled Migrant Category:
- How many points will you need to have a realistic chance?
- Will you be able to claim points for your qualifications?
- Will you be able to claim bonus points for your professional expertise?
- Do you have to be registered in New Zealand?
- Will you meet the English language requirements?
Ask our Job Search Professionals
If you want to find out more about finding a job in New Zealand, contact Katrin Schottke, Job Search Manager at NZIC.Ask Katrin for a Free Assessment