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Work visa streams

    • The skilled stream;
    • The family stream;
    • The international/humanitarian stream; and
    • The special work stream.

Skilled streamconsists of four broad sets of instructions under which New Zealand facilitates the entry of skilled people:

1. Work to Residence' facilitates the entry of people whose skills are in demand and provides them with a pathway to residence;

2. Essential skills' facilitates the entry of people required on a temporary basis to fill shortages where New Zealand citizens or residence class visa holders are not available for the work offered;

3. Specific purpose or event' facilitates the entry of people who have demonstrated skills, expertise or attributes that are likely to benefit New Zealand, where there is no risk of negative impact on opportunities for New Zealand citizens or residence class visa holders;

4. Students and trainees' facilitate the entry of students and trainees to gain practical work experience or to train as part of their studies. Family streamenables the following people to undertake temporary employment in New Zealand:

1. the partners of New Zealand citizens or residence class visa holders, and partners of Long Term Business Visa holders, whose ultimate intention is likely to be to apply for residence; and

2. the partners of holders of work visas.

International/Humanitarian streamconsists of: 1. working holiday schemes to allow people from other countries to be granted permission to work on a reciprocal basis; and

2. provisions to enable New Zealand to meet its humanitarian and international obligations.

Special work policies streamconsists of:

1. The horticulture and viticulture seasonal work instructions facilitate the entry of seasonal workers to support the horticulture and viticulture industries ;

2. The foreign crew of fishing vessels instructions provide for the grant of work visas to foreign crew employed on fishing vessels in New Zealands fisheries waters ;

3. The religious worker instructions enable the entry of workers to undertake genuine religious work in New Zealand, providing New Zealand communities with the opportunity to practice, maintain and advance their religious beliefs.

Definition of 'employment'

1. Employment means any activity undertaken for gain or reward, but does not include:
1. visits by persons undertaking business activities;

2. official business in the service of any government, or of any inter-governmental or international organisation that is entitled to any privileges and immunities under the Diplomatic Privileges and Immunities Act 1968 ;

3. study or training under a scholarship or other award recognised by the Minister;

4. visits by guests of government (guest of government status is granted by the Visits and Ceremonial Office, Department of Internal Affairs);

2. 'Gain or reward' includes any payment or benefit that can be valued in terms of money, such as board and lodging, goods (e.g., food or clothing) and services (e.g., transport).

Note: Employment in the context of the INZ Operational Manual has the same meaning as work as defined in section 4 of the Immigration Act 2009. This definition does not require employment as an 'employee'. It also covers self-employment. Definition of 'New Zealand' for employment purposes

1. A person is considered to be undertaking employment in New Zealand if at any time they are employed:

1. on or in relation to any craft, artificial island, installation, or structure anywhere within the territorial sea of New Zealand; or

2. on or in relation to any artificial island, installation, or structure anywhere within the exclusive economic zone of New Zealand or on or above the continental shelf of New Zealand; or

3. on board any craft that is registered in New Zealand and is engaged in activities anywhere:

- within the New Zealand exclusive economic zone; or

- on or above the New Zealand continental shelf.

2. A person is considered to be undertaking employment in New Zealand whether or not a New Zealand or overseas resident is providing the payment or benefit for the activity.

Definition of 'full-time employment'

Unless otherwise specified, full-time employment is considered to be at least 30 hours of work per week for the purpose of all work instructions.

Definition of 'New Zealand market rate'

1. For the purposes of work instructions (with the exception Recognised Seasonal Employer instructions), the New Zealand market rate is the rate of pay which would be required to recruit a New Zealand citizen or residence class visa holder to do equivalent work.

2. When assessing the New Zealand market rate, factors immigration officers may consider, include, but are not limited to:

1. the typical rate of pay a New Zealand citizen or residence class visa holder receives for equivalent work;

2. rates of pay provided by collective agreements for the relevant industry;

3. the region of employment;

4. the period of employment;

5. the other terms and conditions of employment (such as the hours of work);

6. the level of training and experience required for the position.


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