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Moving Abroad: New Zealand

This is the first post in our “Moving Abroad” series which will provide prospective migrants with a useful insight into the job market in New Zealand.

For many years now, the following questions are ranked as the most frequently asked by clients:

  • “Can your company help me with finding a job in New Zealand? “
  • “Is it difficult to find a job in my field in New Zealand?”
  • “Where is a good place for me to start my job hunting in New Zealand?”
  • “When is a good time to start applying for work in New Zealand?”
  • “Can I get residence in New Zealand without a job offer?”
  • “Will my chances of securing employment in New Zealand be better if I completed my studies there?”
  • “I need a job offer to secure a work visa, but at the same time I also need a work visa to secure a job offer. What should I do?” (Catch 22 chicken or egg question, which came first)

You may have noticed a recurring theme from the frequently asked questions listed above: they all relate to securing employment.

In our Moving Abroad series, we aim to provide any prospective migrants to New Zealand with useful information that we hope will assist you with settling and finding employment.

Our first post in this series will provide you with useful tips for those considering New Zealand as their ideal immigration destination.

Consider this before deciding to move

People decide to settle in New Zealand for various reasons – whether it is for work or better opportunities for your family, the envious lifestyle within a community, or maybe you just wish to start over and rewrite a new chapter in your life.

When making the decision on whether or not to settle in New Zealand, have a think about some of the factors which are usually significant to most prospective migrants. Such factors include:

  • what opportunities will be available for your family (work, education, lifestyle)
  • the cost of living, including medical and dental charges
  • if you will buy or rent a home
  • transport options for getting to work, including public transport
  • what sort of community support is available
  • how much you could earn and how much you will need to earn to live comfortably in New Zealand. Remember, salaries are quoted in gross amounts – income tax will be deducted from this amount.

Most importantly, you will need to find out if you are eligible for a visa. This is where we come in. You may also visit the Immigration New Zealand website to see if you qualify to work here.

Is New Zealand right for you and your family?

For those who have not already done so, we always recommend our clients to make a short-term visit to New Zealand with the aim of learning about living and working here. You may also have a taste of New Zealand as a tourist, student, or worker on a temporary working visa.

Despite the fact that you may have already made a decision about settling in New Zealand, you will still need to prepare when searching for employment.

1. Get your documents 

Bring originals or certified copies of important documents. These include (not limited):

  • medical and dental records
  • vaccination certificates
  • qualifications (such as degree certificates) or certificates of registrations that licence you to work in certain jobs
  • references that describe your work experience, skills and character from an employer, and include the dates you were employed
  • references about your participation in other aspects of life such as community groups or churches
  • contact details for people you might want to use as job referees. New Zealand employers like to make personal contact with referees, so make sure you have a telephone number and email addresses information records like photographs, which help to show what work you have done.

The following tool (link) is a useful page provided by Immigration New Zealand (INZ) which helps prospective migrants with creating a list of things needed when planning your move.

2. Prepare your resume 

Work on your CV, paying particular attention to your specific skills and relevant experience. Where your previous experience was not a full-time position, it will nevertheless be helpful if they are directly relevant.

You may also wish to consider searching online for tools that will assist you with the following:

  • Tips for creating a New Zealand-style CV
  • CV and cover letter templates
  • CV builder / writing tool to help create your CV

3. Be prepared in case you don’t find a job immediately

It may take a period of time to secure your ideal employment and you must consider the prospect of not securing the exact work in New Zealand compared to your previous role. Prepare for this by bringing any savings you have. You may also have to take a lower-level job than you have done before. It is important to keep an open mind and see it as a stepping stone towards your ideal role.

You can get an idea of what opportunities are like in New Zealand by looking at job vacancies online. This will help you find out:

  • if your current role exists in New Zealand
  • if there are limited or an abundance of vacancies in your field
  • how much you are likely to earn

Job profiles – you may also find the following pages useful in your search:

We also compiled an extremely comprehensive list of job search, vacancies and various recruitment agency websites to assist you with your job search.

This is likely to be the most comprehensive list of job search websites for NZ ever compiled just for you. Therefore, you can thank us later!

New Zealand general job vacancy websites

A site listing job vacancies in many industries throughout New Zealand.

Fluid Recruitment
A Dunedin based recruitment agency that lists vacancies throughout New Zealand in accountancy, finance, information technology, engineering, planning and surveying and sales and marketing.

A site that lists part-time and flexible job vacancies throughout New Zealand.

Hays Recruiting
An extensive range of job vacancies in New Zealand, and career resources from a worldwide recruiting company.

A recruitment platform with a range of vacancies in New Zealand, and job seeker video profiles.

A site that lists recruitment agencies specialising in a wide range of sectors.

JobFeed NZ
A job vacancy site where candidates can submit CVs and receive job alerts.

A job vacancy site with a wide range of job listings.

A job vacancy site where job seekers can set up profiles and use CV templates.

Job Less
A site with a range of job vacancy listings throughout New Zealand.

Jora New Zealand
A site with job vacancies from industries throughout New Zealand.

Kinetic Recruitment
A wide range of temporary, part-time, and permanent job vacancy listings in New Zealand. Kinetic Recruitment also provide support and coaching services.

List Stuff Jobs
The job vacancy section of a New Zealand-wide hire site, with a CV upload option.

Locanto Jobs
Job vacancies listed from throughout New Zealand.

Lowie Recruitment
A wide range of vacancy listings from throughout New Zealand. Lowie also provides course information.

A job vacancy site where job seekers can set up a profile and online CV.

The New Zealand branch of an international job vacancy site, with an extensive range of vacancies.

An extensive list of job vacancies from employers across New Zealand and Australia. Also provides an email notification service and career development resources and training information.

Smart Select
A recruitment agency that links job seekers to employers, via locations.

Talent Propeller
A wide range of vacancy listings, plus resources and advice for job seekers.

Trade Me Jobs
Trade Me Jobs is New Zealand’s most visited jobs site, and provides a wide range of vacancies.

A recruitment platform connecting job seekers and employers in New Zealand.

A wide range of vacancy listings, plus resources and advice for job seekers

Work and Income job search database
A large selection of current New Zealand job vacancies and general advice.


New Zealand specialist job vacancy websites

New Zealand self-promotion websites

Advice on starting and maintaining a blog, and using a blog to promote a career.

A website providing CV, user profile and career development resources, and a job board.

A website that lists CVs posted by job seekers and vacancies posted by employers.

A site that matches job seekers’ skills with current vacancies in a wide range of fields.

Online Portfolio
Advice, steps to follow and links to help creative people and job seekers create online portfolios.


Job vacancy websites for migrants

Accent Health Recruitment
A recruitment agency helping health professionals find work in New Zealand.

Backpacker Jobs
A site with full-time and part-time seasonal job listings across New Zealand.

Backpacker Jobs NZ
A site with jobs for people on a working holiday in New Zealand.

Search for seasonal job vacancies across the country, in many industries.

A job vacancy site listing a range of short-term work across New Zealand, mainly in hospitality, agriculture and horticulture.

Working in New Zealand
Find information on employers and recruitment agencies relevant to the occupation and industry you want to work in.

New Kiwis
A site that links New Zealand employers with skilled migrants who are eligible to work, and currently live or intend to live, in New Zealand.

Origin Medical Recruitment
An agency which places doctors in locum and permanent positions in New Zealand.

Workhere New Zealand
A company that connects skilled migrants and expat Kiwis from around the world to New Zealand-based companies with jobs in demand.


New Zealand regional websites

Able Personnel
A Hawke’s Bay general recruitment agency.

Clutha Development
A wide range of job vacancy listings and industry profiles in the Clutha District.

Coverstaff Recruitment
A wide range of job vacancy listings in Auckland.

Direction Recruitment
A Whangarei-based agency with job vacancy listings and recruiting services in Northland.

An Auckland agency that recruits staff for infrastructure, commercial and civil construction projects.

GBL Personnel
A Wellington recruitment agency that specialises in placing people in permanent, temporary and contract positions in the Wellington region.

A Nelson-based human resources company helping people find work in Blenheim, Christchurch, Marlborough and Nelson.

One21 Recruitment
Tauranga-based recruitment agency with vacancies in engineering, manufacturing, energy and healthcare. They also provide CV writing, redundancy and career-coaching services.

Otago Daily Times
Job vacancies listed in the Otago daily newspaper, across a range of industries.

Palmerston North Personnel
A Palmerston North-based general recruitment agency providing a service in the Manawatu.

Queenstown Jobs
A Queenstown-based agency who also provide career and job search advice.

A Christchurch-based recruitment company specialising in commercial, industrial and human resources job placement.

Source HR
An Auckland-based general recruitment agency placing people in temporary and permanent positions.

Success Personnel
A Hamilton-based agency listing casual and permanent vacancies, as well as services and advice for job seekers and employers.


New Zealand general recruitment agency websites

A recruitment agency that allows you to search for current vacancies by region.

Agoge Recruitment
An agency providing HR and recruitment services.

Advanced Personnel
A recruitment agency that places people across a range of industries, including engineering, roading, stores/warehousing, and building and construction.

Beyond Recruitment
A recruitment agency specialising in IT, accounting, marketing, communications, telecommunications, engineering and government positions.

A recruitment software and consulting company with vacancy listings across varied industries throughout New Zealand.

Drake New Zealand
A recruitment and consultancy company based in Auckland, with nine branches nationwide.

Enterprise Recruitment
Enterprise Recruitment is a New Zealand recruitment and human resources agency, servicing all industry sectors.

A recruitment firm focussing on providing HR and recruitment services to South Island-based technically orientated companies.

Frog Recruitment
Browse jobs available through this agency including accounting, IT, human resources, and sales.

An agency that matches job seekers with companies and provides free consulting services.

HQ Recruiting
An agency with vacancy listings in early childhood education, transport and IT.

A recruitment agency operating over a range of industries, including business, IT, and sales.

Kelly Services
Browse temporary, part-time, and permanent jobs on offer through this agency.

Madison has five branches across New Zealand and recruits for permanent, temporary and contract roles.

McLaren Associates
A Wellington-based recruitment and HR consultancy company.

Manpower NZ
New Zealand branch of a global recruitment company with a range of vacancies, including temporary roles, and career-related resources.

Martin Personnel
A recruitment agency website with current vacancies in a wide range of industries.

Michael Page
A wide range of job vacancies plus, job alerts, careers and management advice, and market insights from an international recruitment agency.

A recruitment agency with 10 specialist areas, including communications, finance, and bicultural employment.

An agency with a wide range of vacancy listings, who also provide training.

A recruitment agency that lets you search for current vacancies in the main centres of New Zealand. Also provides an email address for sending CVs to the agency.

The New Zealand branch of an international company listing vacancies in several industries. Randstad also provide information, resources and research findings.

Recruit NZ Limited
A Warkworth-based company that specialises in recruitment and strategic HR services throughout New Zealand.

Robert Walters
A recruitment agency website with current vacancies in a wide range of industries.

Salt is a recruitment agency that provides flexible and permanent positions from entry level to management.

Superior Personnel
Vacancy listings in Auckland, Waikato and Bay of Plenty in manufacturing, freight and logistics, infrastructure, specialist trades and clerical roles, plus news and advice.

The Recruitment Company
Factory, forklift and truck driving, seasonal, and warehouse job vacancy listings in Hawke’s Bay, Christchurch and Nelson.


New Zealand industry-specific job vacancy websites

Animal care and conservation

Seven Animal Health
Job vacancies for veterinary professionals.


Arts and media

A job vacancy and networking site for the screen (film and television) industry.

An agency specialising in design and advertising vacancies.

Museums Aotearoa
This website lists current vacancies in the museums and art gallery sector.

The Big Idea
Lists vacancies in the creative industries.


Business, executive, and professionals

Albany Executive Recruitment
An Auckland-based recruitment agency specialising in management, administration, accounting, sales, marketing, customer service, operations and office support roles.

Alpha Recruitment
A recruitment agency, with offices in Auckland and Wellington, specialising in executive roles.

Campfire Digital Recruitment
A recruitment agency specialising in digital marketing, digital media and advertising technology roles.

Global Attract
A recruitment company specialising in IT, finance, accounting, banking and executive roles in New Zealand.

Greenlight Recruitment
A Christchurch-based job vacancy and recruitment agency specialising in sales, IT, freight forwarding, logistics, insurance, and office and administration.

Parker Bridge
A recruitment agency specialising in professional roles.

A recruitment agency based in Wellington that provides search and recruitment services for corporate, not-for-profit and government executive roles.

A recruitment agency based in Australia and New Zealand that finds staff for administration,customer service, finance, human resources, legal, marketing, property and sales roles.

Rice Consulting
A recruitment agency that specialises in finding staff for other businesses in the recruitment industry.

Robert Half
An agency that places candidates in accounting, finance, technology and office support roles.

A recruitment agency specialising in accounting, finance, marketing, sales, human resources, production/technical and general management vacancies.

Wholeoranges Consulting
A company that recruits staff for executive, managerial and administrative business services support positions.


Education and social sciences

The Early Childhood Council website, specialising in early childhood education vacancies.

Education Personnel
A recruitment agency specialising in education vacancies.

Kindercare New Zealand
A recruitment agency specialising in eary childhood education vacancies.

NZ Education Gazette
Has an extensive list of teaching vacancies.

Oasis Education Ltd
An employment agency specialising in teaching vacancies.


Engineering, construction, transport, manufacturing and logistics

6am Recruitment Ltd
A recruitment agency specialising in the manufacturing, construction, trades and engineering industries.

Automotive Employment NZ Ltd
A site listing a broad range of vacancies relating to the motor industry.

AWF Group
New Zealand-wide suppliers of temporary staff to industry.

Campbell and Partners
An agency specialising in automotive and heavy automotive recruitment for sales, parts and service-related jobs.

Cobalt Recruitment
An agency recruiting in the construction, property and infrastructure industries throughout New Zealand.

A recruitment agency that specialises in construction vacancies in New Zealand.

CRS Recruit
A recruitment agency that specialises in engineering vacancies in Auckland.

C3 Ltd
The career centre for C3 Ltd, advertising jobs in stevedoring and logistics.

Dare Energy
A company that specialises in recruitment of engineers in the oil and gas, mining and infrastructure industries.

A job vacancy site specialising in energy and engineering-related roles in New Zealand and internationally.

New Zealand branch of a global recruitment company specialising in IT and engineering roles nationwide.

A company with bus driver, deckhand, marine engineering and customer service vacancies in Auckland.

Greenlight Recruitment
A Christchurch-based job vacancy and recruitment agency that specialises in freight forwarding, logistics, and transport.

JOBsmith specialises in technical and trade recruitment.

Key Skills Recruitment
A recruitment company specialising in construction, engineering and manufacturing vacancies in Wellington and Tauranga.

KiwiRail Jobs
Search railway jobs with Kiwirail.

Lawson Williams Consulting Group
A recruitment agency with vacancies in a range of industries.

A vacancy site that lets job seekers create a profile and search for vacancies in the automotive, transport and logistics, textile fabrication and mining industries.

NZ Bus
A job vacancy site with a variety of roles for people wanting to work with buses.

Refocus Recruitment
A recruitment agency that finds jobs for engineers, technical staff, and tradespeople.

RobLawMax Recruitment
A recruitment agency that specialises in construction, engineering, technical and infrastructure positions throughout New Zealand.

Scaffolding, Access & Rigging New Zealand (SARNZ)
SARNZ lists nationwide scaffolding, access and rigging vacancies.

Tandr Recruitment
A recruitment agency specialising in engineering, construction, and infrastructure jobs.

Search railway jobs in New Zealand and Australia.

Technical Recruitment Solutions
TRS have vacancies in vacancies in engineering, construction, industrial process, oil & gas, food, dairy, pharmaceuticals and manufacturing.

The Talent Hive
A specialist engineering and IT recruitment firm with offices in New Zealand and the UK.

An agency specialising in temporary recruitment, with 11 New Zealand branches.


Farming, fishing, forestry and mining

Agricultural jobs in New Zealand and abroad.

Jobs Find jobs in agriculture.

Cross Country Recruitment
A recruitment company that matches farm workers with farmers.

Fegan and Co
Fegan and Company focus on recruitment for the farming sector.

FRENZ Recruitment
A New Zealand-wide farming employment agency specialising in the dairy sector.

Friday Offcuts
Weekly job advertisements for forestry and wood processing jobs in New Zealand and Australia.

Greenstone Recruitment
An agency specialising in agricultural recruitment throughout New Zealand.

New Zealand Conservation Jobs
A website that advertises job vacancies in the conservation industry.

Pick NZ gives you access to seasonal and full-time work opportunities in the horticulture industry.

Horticultural job vacancies in Gisborne.


Government, law and safety

edenfx HSE Recruitment
A specialist recruitment agency for health, safety and environmental professionals.

Job vacancies and advice on careers in local government in New Zealand.

The New Zealand Government’s job vacancy website.

The Johnson Group
A specialist recruitment agency for policy analysts, policy managers and other government professionals.


Health and community

Association of Salaried Medical Specialists
A searchable database of senior medical and dental vacancies in New Zealand.

An agency specialising in enrolled nurse, general practitioner, nurse practitioner and registered nurse locums.

An agency specialising in childcare vacancies throughout New Zealand.

Care Direct
A Wellington based agency providing casual and permanent staff in healthcare and nursing roles to aged care facilities and hospitals.

Register for jobs in childcare, pet care, home tuition, house-sitting, gardening and elderly care.

A recruitment company for aged care, allied healthcare and medical professional jobs in New Zealand, Australia and the UK.

Do Good Jobs
A website that lists jobs in the not-for-profit, charity and community sectors.

A recruitment company for voluntary groups, charities, and not-for-profit organisations.

A site that lists job vacancies in the New Zealand health and fitness, sport and recreation, and spa and beauty industries.

Frontline Health New Zealand
A job vacancy website specialising in health jobs.

Geneva Health
A recruitment service that lists health jobs in New Zealand, Australia, the UK and the Middle East.

Head Medical
A recruitment agency specialising in vacancies for general practitioners and medical specialists in New Zealand and internationally.

A website listing public and private healthcare vacancies, where you can sign up for job alerts.

Health ProfessionalNZ
A recruitment agency specialising in health jobs.

Kiwi Health Jobs
Search for vacancies in the public health sector and deal directly with employers.

KiwiOz Nannies
A recruitment agency specialising in nanny placements in Auckland and Wellington.

Kiwis STAT
A recruitment company for locum doctors and allied health professionals, with placements in New Zealand, Australia and the UK.

Lanz Recruitment
A New Zealand recruitment agency specialising in dental and physiotherapy vacancies.

Life Plus
A recruitment agency with vacancies in caregiving, nursing, reception and general practitioner.

Medacs Healthcare
The New Zealand branch of an international healthcare recruitment agency.

Medical and healthcare job vacancies in New Zealand.

A recruitment agency specialising in psychiatry vacancies throughout New Zealand.

A government funded recruitment service specialising in general practitioner and nurse practitioner vacancies in rural towns in New Zealand.

Ochre Recruitment
A recruitment agency with permanent and locum vacancy listings for general practitioners in New Zealand and Australia.

Psych Recruitment Ltd
A recruitment agency specialising in psychology, corrections and mental health vacancies.

An agency specialising in babysitting, nannying and childcare vacancies.

Seven Animal Health
A recruitment agency specialising in veterinary roles in New Zealand and Australia.


Hospitality, tourism, recreation and retail

Hospitality and seasonal job listings across all New Zealand.

Hospitality job listings throughout New Zealand.

Bravo Recruitment
A recruitment company with vacancies in hospitality and tourism.

Frontline Retail New Zealand
A job vacancy website that lists retail jobs.

Hospitality New Zealand
Nationwide hospitality job vacancies and staff recruitment resources.

Hospoworld Resourcing
A website that lists hospitality and tourism vacancies.

Property Jobs
A website that lists property and real estate vacancies.

Retailworld resourcing
Search for retail jobs.

Suppremo Hospitality Solutions
Find hospitality jobs in Auckland and Wellington

The Trusts
Search for hospitality jobs in West Auckland.


Information technology and telecommunications

Absolute IT
A recruitment company that focuses on IT.

A contract and permanent recruitment consultancy working with IT and telecommunications professionals.

Crescent Recruitment
A Christchurch-based recruitment agency specialising in IT and engineering vacancies.

Greenlight Recruitment
A Christchurch-based job vacancy and recruitment agency that specialises in contract and permanent IT roles.

Find jobs in the information technology sector.

Place Recruitment
Find jobs in the information technology sector

Sunstone Talent
An IT specialist company with a South Island focus.

The Talent Hive
A specialist engineering and IT recruitment firm with offices in New Zealand and the UK.


Voluntary work

English Language Partners New Zealand
Teach English to adult migrants and refugees in New Zealand.

Go Overseas
Search for international study and volunteer opportunities.

New Zealand Red Cross migration programmes
Volunteer to help refugees settle into their new communities in New Zealand.

Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind
Details of voluntary opportunities with the Royal New Zealand Foundation for the Blind.

Volunteering New Zealand
Information about volunteering in New Zealand, including details of local volunteer centres and jobs available.

Volunteer Services Abroad (VSA) Aotearoa New Zealand
A list of current vacancies for volunteer work abroad.

Working Abroad
Volunteer, professional and casual vacancies in more than 150 countries.

4. Get your qualifications assessed 

Finally, if you have formal tertiary qualifications (university, polytechnic or trade) from any country, you may opt to have them evaluated by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA).

Depending on when and where you obtained your qualifications, they may be exempt from assessment for immigration purposes. You can check this from the following list:

If you work in a job where mandatory registration is required by law, you will need to check to see if your qualification allows you to become registered in New Zealand (registration is a licence to work in a particular industry, but it doesn’t necessarily entitle you to a job):

Once you have obtained an offer for skilled employment in New Zealand, get in touch with a specialist legal consultant, widely recognised as one of the best in the industry from Thomas. Jefferson Associates for an efficient handling of all your NZ visa formalities.

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Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) for visitors to New Zealand from 1 October 2019

As a result of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s (MBIE) consultation with stakeholders in 2018,  the government recently confirmed final details of the new ETA measure for visitors to New Zealand, commencing on 01 October 2019.

Whilst Australia has implemented a similar system for visitors for more than two decades now, this move will align New Zealand’s facilitation measures for visitors with Australia’s. According to government sources, the ETA is: “a new security and facilitation measure that will help to speed things up at the border.”

From 1 October 2019 onwards, it will be mandatory for air travellors from 60 visa waiver countries and all cruise travellers to hold an ETA prior to travelling to New Zealand.

An ETA lasts up to 2 years (as opposed to 1 year for Australia’s ETA) and costs NZ$9.00 for mobile application requests and NZ$12.00 for web browser requests (as opposed to Australia’s ETA at AU$20.00)

Similarly, airline crew and cruise line crew must hold a Crew ETA before travelling to New Zealand. Crew ETAs lasts up to 5 years and will only cost NZ$9.00.

Exemptions for ETA

  • New Zealand citizens (provided they travel on their New Zealand passports)
  • Holders of valid New Zealand visas (resident visas and temporary visas)
  • Australian citizens
  • Crew and passengers on a non-cruise vessel
  • Crew on a foreign ship carrying cargo
  • Guests of the government
  • People travelling under The Antarctic Treaty
  • Members of a visiting force and associated crew members.

Passengers from a visa waiver country or a transit visa waiver country, who are transiting through New Zealand, are also required to hold an ETA from 1 October 2019, even if New Zealand is not their final destination.

For Australian permanent residents, they will also need to hold an ETA, but are exempt from the need to pay for an International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL).

International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL)

Along with the ETA, the IVL will also be introduced by New Zealand. It will cost NZ$ $35.00 and will be valid in line with the ETA.

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Revealed: Why New Zealand is the top investment migration destination

Have you heard? That investing in New Zealand is the word?

Meet Peter Andreas Thiel, billionaire venture capitalist and founder of companies such as PayPal, CIA backed Palantir Technologies, MORE and so forth. Thiel was also an early investor in Facebook.

In 2011, Thiel obtained New Zealand citizenship having invested NZ$4 million in New Zealand accounting firm Xero, and a further NZ$4 million in fibre optic cable company Pacific Fibre. Such high profile citizenship grant via investment no doubt grabbed the attention of many people.

New Zealand as an investment immigration destination?

What does Thiel know about New Zealand that many people don’t? We can share that in Thiel’s application for New Zealand citizenship in 2011, he stated that New Zealand “is the future” and describing the country as an “utopia”.

Check out New Zealand’s business environment

New Zealand as an attractive immigration destination via investment is not limited to being just a billionaire’s utopia. Many entrepreneurs and investors look to New Zealand due to its ideal business environment as according to the World Bank, rating it number one for “ease of doing business”.

According to Transparency International, New Zealand also consistently ranked as the highest amongst the world as the least corrupt country. Forbes magazine also ranks New Zealand at second place in their list of best countries for business.

New Zealand Investor Visas: General Criteria

There are two (2) residence-by-investment streams available for investors: –

  1. Investor Visa (Investor 2 Category); and
  2. Investor Plus Visa (Investor 1 Category)

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Generic Criteria of Investor Category

The basic criteria for residence under the Inverstor Category are:

  • making an acceptable investment with a commercial return;
  • be invested in lawful enterprises or managed funds;
  • having potential to contribute to New Zealand’s economy; and
  • not for personal use.

Choice of investment Options

A wide variety of investments are permitted, which includes (inter alia):

  • bonds;
  • residential property development;
  • commercial property;
  • shares in New Zealand firms and banks;
  • philanthropic investments;
  • angel funds investments
Residential Properties

Residential property developments can be accepted as investments meeting immigration guidelines, only if it is a new development with the appropriate approvals (not renovations or extending existing residential properties)

Commerical Properties

Investments in commercial properties must be for business purposes and not be used for land banking. However, investors may invest in empty land provided that plans for development are submitted for approval and work has commenced.

Approvals for Overseas Investments 

Certain transactions will require express approval of New Zealand’s Overseas Investment Office (OIO) where “overseas investment in sensitive land.” are identified.

The definition of sensitive land is complex with the legislation defining sensitive land as several different types of land, each with an area threshold.

2nd Category for Investors  

Investors applying under the second category must:

  • be under 65 years old;
  • required to invest NZ$3 million in New Zealand for a total of four (4) years;
  • a minimum of three (3) years worth of business experience;
  • demonstrate English language ability (IELTS band score 3 for dependant of the investor), or pre-purchasing ESOL tuitions
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Two Stage Process

An Expression of Interest (EOI) serves as the first step necessary to apply. Immigration New Zealand (INZ) will select EOIs from the pool based on points allocated on a fortnightly basis.

An invitation to apply (ITA) will be sent to those selected and an application must be made within  four (4) months. Transfer of investment funds as nominated in the EOI must also be made within twelve (12)  months. T

Source of Funds

All investors must demonstrate that the funds or assets are derived from a “clean” source. Then, at the end of the four (4) years’ investment period,  a grant of a permanent resident visa will be recommended.

1st Category for Investors

Investor Plus Visa enjoys a higher processing priority, as the additional requirements found under the Investor 2 category do not apply.  However, the Investor 1 category will require the investor to invest NZ$10 million  or more into New Zealand over a  three (3) year period.

Health and character requirements also apply and investors are required to remain in New Zealand for a minimum of 44 days every year, within a period of two (2) years and three (3) of the invested period.


Partner and dependent children aged 24 and under may be included with the investor. The dependants are required to travel to New Zealand within twelve (12) months of the first visa grant date.

There is no better time for eligible investors to heed the New Zealand Government’s initiatives in welcoming you. Whether you are exploring possible investment opportunities or looking to settle, New Zealand will always stand out as the ideal and outstanding option for all investors.

Assisting with the Entire Process

We serve as your one stop shop for all your immigration via investment needs to New Zealand, from representation on your behalf, to facilitating your funds transfer to the New Zealand banking system.

For more information on the specifics of investment immigration to New Zealand, please contact our dedicated team at info@tjassocs.com.

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Foreign Ownership of Residential Properties: Australia vs. New Zealand

The topic relating to immigration is often a hotly debated topic and it is almost always a topic raised and debated in the lead up to the election season.

Similarly, the change in governments within both Australia and New Zealand gave rise to discussions and changes to the foreign national ownership of property in both jurisdictions. The Conversation recently published an article with excellent information on this subject.

In summary, starting 2018, New Zealand will be imposing a banon foreign ownership of residential property in an attempt to curb housing inflation and high vacancy rates. In other main cities such as Sydney, foreigers are being blamed for high housing prices, according to a survey.

Foreigners Owning Properties in New Zealand – what is the story?

According to statistics, residential property prices rose by 34% over the past three years. New Zealand residential property inflation reached 10.46% last year. This fact gave rise to concerns of New Zealanders that people on low and medium incomes are being locked out of the property market. Home ownership in New Zealand has reached its lowest level in 65 years. It was further estimated that only a quarter of adults under 40 years own their own home compared to half in 1991.

By contrast, net migration to New Zealand increased by 19% in the last financial year. Strong immigration, low interest rates and limited housing supplies fuelled the rise of residential property prices. Th is is true with partiular to areas affected by recent earthquakes.

Jancinda Ardern’s Labour government campaigned during elections this year that saw a comprehensive housing agenda which included a crackdown on speculative investors. Labour stated that 2015 tax changes applying to investor earnings were not having the desired effect of limiting price growth.

What about the situation across the ditch in Australia?

New Zealand is said to be leading the way, but still trailing behind Australia in other areas of housing policy. The incoming New Zealand legislative changes emphasise the banning of foreign ownership of residential property. Furthermore, the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) of Australia has already banned all foreign ownership of existing (as opposed to new) housing. Likewise in New Zealand, the new law  will only allow permanent residents to buy existing homes.

By contrast, New Zealand will inlude any foreign trusts and foreign corporations in this ban on ownership starting 2018. Australian on the other hand, currently still allows for some foreign trusts and corporations permission to own pre-existing homes where staff needs to be accommodated. In Australia, overseas residential investment is largely channelled into building new homes.

The consensus in Australia is that temporary residents, such as students and those here for work, should not be allowed to buy existing residential properties. The FIRB allows this. New Zealand;s new ban however, will not allow for this.

New Zealand anticipates that removing investor demand by excluding foreign nationals from the market will help stabilise house prices. However, there is little evidence that such measures have successfully slowed price inflation in Australia.

Ironically, any increases in levies for stamping duty for certain foreigners is in fact at odds with   Increases in stamp duty rates for some foreign residential purchases are at odds with the FIRB’scall for investment in order to offset foreign trade deficits. For example, in the 2015/16 financial year, approvals for foreign investment in real estate amounted to A$72.4 billion!

However, the New South Wales and Victorian governments both increased stamp duty surcharges for foreign investors in residential real estate to make it less attractive to them. This currently applies to both NSW and Victoria only, as not all states apply a surcharge to foreign investments in real estate.

Thus, it is fair to say that by comparison, the impact is less likely to antagonise Australia’s major trading partners and investors such as China. New Zealand on the other hand will impose surcharges  nationally. Therefore, the surcharge may be viewed as a protectionist measure.

Further reading: Why China is cracking down on overseas investment


Having sai that however, even though foreign ownership restrictions could very likely harm New Zealand’s reputation as an open economy, they are unlikely to do so. The main reason for this is because approximately 58.5% of funds entering into New Zealand originated from Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States.

These are also the countries that New Zealand most heavily invests in. Where the surcharge remains reasonable, it is unlikely to impact upon investment or be seen as a protectionist measure.

New Zealand has been much slower than Australia to introduce rules on residential property ownership. Its proposed legislation closely mirrors Australia’s legislation in regard to who may buy existing homes. These measures have not significantly slowed housing price rises in Australia.

New Zealand further plans to limit residential ownership of property by temporary residents and apply a surcharge nationally. These additional measures may have greater effect on limiting housing price rises than Australia’s restrictions have had so far.

Only time will reveal whether the new strategies imposed by New Zealand on foreign ownership of properties will successfully curb rising house prices, or harm New Zealand’s reputation as being free and open, or both.

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Do You Get What You Paid For? Not Always!

Well, not in Australia when it comes to visa sponsorship, at least. Changes to the Migration Act were made in December 2016, prohibiting companies from offering 457 visa sponsorship for a sum of money. 

An investigation by Fairfax Media reveals a "sponsorship for cash" business model across Australia's biggest pizza chain, costing anywhere between AU$30,000 to $150,000, excluding "lawyer fees".

Under the Migration Act, this will be considered fraud. 

Consult with the experts when it comes to your future. Short cuts are not worth it. Thomas. Jefferson Associates, in collaboration with our Australian operation West Aussie Migration have assisted countless of migrants and families to settle in Australia lawfully. 

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“457” Occupation List to be further reduced


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The Occupation List containing jobs which will qualify for a 457 visa will be further condensed, according to Australian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton.

Those with an occupation on the list and obtains sponsorship from an employer are eligible for a 457 visa for up to four years in order to fill shortages.

Increasing pressure faced by the Minister led to confirmation that the occupation list will be reviewed and further culled.  This is also amid the Minister’s pledge to put “Australia-first” as Immigration proves to be a recurring agenda on the Australian political front.

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Are you an Entrepreneur? New Zealand wants YOU!


New Pathway to Residence to New Zealand:

Global Impact Visa Programme (GIVs)

“Immigration New Zealand is partnering with the Edmund Hillary Fellowship (EHF) to deliver an innovative new immigration product for high impact entrepreneurs, investors, and start-up teams.”

From early 2017, Immigration New Zealand will will be introducing to provide a two-step pathway to residence.

A participant in the Global Impact Visa programme will first be eligible for a three-year Work-to-Residence visa and then for a permanent resident visa, after they have been in the programme for 30 months.

The Global Impact Visa (GIVs) will bring up to 400 individual pioneering entrepreneurs and investors to create and support innovation-based ventures and startup teams from New Zealand.

GIVs will initially be run as a four-year pilot.

To be eligible for a Global Impact Visa, Fellows must be accepted into the EHF and be able to satisfy English language, health and character requirements and have sufficient funds to support themselves.

Participation in the programme gives Fellows:

  • Direct connections to entrepreneurship and investment communities across New Zealand and major innovation hubs around the world
  • Access to local test markets and infrastructures to prototype new ideas for fast feedback
  • Connection to centres of excellence in different regions of New Zealand
  • Access to a supportive global network of investors, advisors, partners and mentors
  • Regular events, demo days, learning and sharing opportunities, and a platform to tell their story
  • Settlement support for Fellows and immediate family
  • Access to investment and scaling opportunities in New Zealand and overseas
  • Access to top talent, universities, accelerators and incubators, information about investment and Research & Development grants.

In return, Fellows are expected to contribute towards New Zealand entrepreneurship ecosystems and actively work on, or invest in, ventures within New Zealand that have the potential for widespread global impact.

In addition to the 400 visas, up to 80 New Zealand entrepreneurs and investors will be accepted into EHF over the four years, providing the opportunity for collaboration between GIVs migrants and New Zealand entrepreneurs and investors.

More information can be found on EHF’s website.

About the GIVs

What is GIVs

GIVs is a new immigration policy designed to attract talented and innovative entrepreneurs, investors and start-up teams with the drive and capabilities to create innovation-based ventures in New Zealand.

Successful applicants will be provided with the right support to rapidly operate effectively within the New Zealand business environment. A permanent resident visa will be granted after three years, subject to conditions that must be met by the migrant entrepreneurs.

Who GIVs policy is targeting

The policy is designed to attract those with the drive and capability to launch global ventures from New Zealand who may not be able to qualify for other visa categories. They will have the combination of drive, risk appetite and global connections enabling them to launch or significantly contribute to successful innovation-based ventures in New Zealand.

Why GIVs is being delivered in partnership with the private sector

To bring the best entrepreneurs to New Zealand, Government is partnering with local and international experts in innovation, entrepreneurship and investment. By leveraging private sector strengths and knowledge in this space we are better positioned to accelerate innovation and grow New Zealand for all.

About the Edmund Hillary Fellowship

EHF is a collaboration between the Hillary Institute for International Leadership, a not-for-profit organisation that identifies and celebrates mid-career leaders from around the world and Kiwi Connect, an organisation promoting and connecting high-impact entrepreneurship in New Zealand.

EHF has been designed as an end-to-end programme that gives entrepreneurs, startup teams and investors a platform to incubate and grow innovative ventures.

The GIVs selection process – how it works

EHF will be responsible for identifying entrepreneurs who could have a significant impact on New Zealand’s innovation system, whilst Immigration New Zealand will be responsible for processing and making decisions on visas. To be eligible for a Global Impact Visa, applicants must first obtain entry into EHF’s programme.

Eligibility for the Global Impact Visa

Eligibility for the Global Impact Visa will be conditional on meeting a number of criteria. Selected applicants will be assessed on the basis of their acceptance into EHF’s programme, English language, health and character, and having sufficient funds to support themselves.

GIVs launch date

EHF’s programme will be launched in early 2017.

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NZ Government Considering Complete Overhaul of NZ’s Points System


Within days of the New Zealand Government implementing an overnight change of the Skilled Migrant Category’s (SMC) Points System, the Government had already commenced consulting with dozens of industry players about the overhaul proposal, as reported by Radio New Zealand (RNZ).

This comes amid Immigration New Zealand’s (INZ) second review of the SMC, whereby initial reviews lead to the department’s fears that the SMC points system does not prioritise the “highest value” workers that it was designed to achieve.

It is worth noting that the current SMC system has been in place since 2003, where it was designed to assess New Zealand’s needs for skilled migrants.

According to INZ’s area manager Mr. Darren Calder, the aim of the current review for an overhaul of the SMC system was to ensure that it provided the “most benefit to New Zealand”.

Mr. Calder further stated that 1300, or 36 percent, of all residence applications were decided within 60 days in September, citing improvements in INZ’s processing time of SMC applications in the August/November 2016 period.

Contact Thomas. Jefferson Associates today for expert advice and assistance for your SMC application to New Zealand.

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Surge in American Political “Refugees”?



It has widely been reported that “heaps of people are Googlin’ how to leave America“. However, if you look a little closer at the reasons why people may want to leave, the definition of “refugee” may pop up in your mind.

In the 1951 Geneva Convention (WARNING: link to pdf of extremely boring document!) the term “refugee” applies to any person who, due to:

“a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality and is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country; or who, not having a nationality and being outside the country of his former habitual residence as a result of such events, is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to return to it. In the case of a person who has more than one nationality, the term ‘the country of his nationality” shall mean each of the countries of which he is a national, and a person shall not be deemed to be lacking the protection of the country of his nationality if, without any valid reason based on well-founded fear, he has not availed himself of the protection of one of the countries of which he is a national”

[Convention of 1951, Article 1A (2)] 

So, does that mean we can expect a surge in political refugees from America?

We.. don’t think so.

BUT, what we do know is, we have assisted “heaps” of individuals and SMEs eliminate borders, as well as achieve mobility freedom, all with the help within our network of professionals in the region.

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