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Hey,

I have a friend who owns a couple of hostels in New zealand and has offered me and my wife work for a year there. I am a UK citizen and she is a USA citizen and we both live in the USA. What I want to know is this;

If we move to NZ we want to stay. I know you need to hold a working visa there for 2 years before you can apply for residency. If we have to change our jobs after a year will we have to get another 2 year working visa or can we switch jobs without changing our visa. We bot count as skilled migrants. I have 15 years retail management experience and my wife has a bachelors degree in illustration. We hit over the 100 points on the INZ websites point indicator.

Let me know your thoughts.

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Hey,

I have a friend who owns a couple of hostels in New zealand and has offered me and my wife work for a year there. I am a UK citizen and she is a USA citizen and we both live in the USA. What I want to know is this;

If we move to NZ we want to stay. I know you need to hold a working visa there for 2 years before you can apply for residency. If we have to change our jobs after a year will we have to get another 2 year working visa or can we switch jobs without changing our visa. We bot count as skilled migrants. I have 15 years retail management experience and my wife has a bachelors degree in illustration. We hit over the 100 points on the INZ websites point indicator.

Let me know your thoughts.
Hi. How many points over 100 do you have? If you have 140 or more you can apply for the permanent residency visa. Have you included your job offer in your points? I dont think anyone gets accepted for PR with less than 140 points. Under the working visa, I think once your 2 years is up, thats it and you cant apply for another one, but I may be wrong. There are better informed than I on the forum.

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Hey,

I have a friend who owns a couple of hostels in New zealand and has offered me and my wife work for a year there. I am a UK citizen and she is a USA citizen and we both live in the USA. What I want to know is this;

If we move to NZ we want to stay. I know you need to hold a working visa there for 2 years before you can apply for residency. If we have to change our jobs after a year will we have to get another 2 year working visa or can we switch jobs without changing our visa. We bot count as skilled migrants. I have 15 years retail management experience and my wife has a bachelors degree in illustration. We hit over the 100 points on the INZ websites point indicator.

Let me know your thoughts.
All depends on the offer of employment and whether or not it is classed as skilled ?
If it is not skilled then it will be very difficult to obtain either a temporary work visa or a resident visa.
Your friends status as an employer may also be assessed as not everybody or should I say not every company can just offer someone from overseas a job here. By law, employers must offer work to people who already live here and have the right to work. It is all about protecting the interests of the citizens and residents already here before anyone else. The company or employer should either be accredited by Immigration to offer work to people outside of the country, or provide evidence that they simply cannot find the expertise required in NZ and must go out of the country to find the skill they require.

If the work is classed as skilled - check here Skill Shortage List Checker ? Immigration New Zealand
then you could apply for a work visa either by the temporary route or if you can score enough points on the EOI the more permanent route - Resident Visa via the skilled migrant category. So long as you score minimum 100 points on the EOI with a skilled job offer it will be selected at the moment.
You do not need to hold any visa for any amount of time before qualifying for a resident visa as it is a points based system and you do not gain any points from having previously held a temporary work visa.
You may be being confused with a specific temporary work visa called "Work To Residency" where this visa is normally approved for a 2 year period with a route already built in to it that leads to Residency towards the end of that period should you decide you want to stay ?
Even if that is the case, you can actually apply for Residency immediately on this visa. You do not have to wait for the 2 years.

If you do go the temporary work visa route - for example maybe an Essential Skills Visa then you would be approved the visa based on the job, responsibilities, employer, salary etc so all these become conditions on the visa so yes ANY change to those conditions must be notified to Immigration BEFORE they are to change. Immigration will consider the changes and decide the outcome as it may mean the current visa becomes void/cancelled and any further visa declined or it may require a completely new visa with refreshed conditions needs to be issued if Immigration feel the visa type still meets your needs and you remain eligible.

Always better to get any job offer for a minimum of 2 years also as that means you would be entitled to additional services that a resident or citizen enjoys should you get a temporary work visa for at least this minimum period.

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That's some great info there. Thank you very much. I'm going to work with an immigration advisor just to make sure everything is all good. I was indeed confused by the work to residency visa.

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