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Changes to visas for overseas workers

If you hire non-New Zealanders you may already have noticed that many job applicants no longer have work visa labels in their passports.

If you hire non-New Zealanders you may already have noticed that many job applicants no longer have work visa labels in their passports.

That’s because Immigration New Zealand (INZ) has recently extended its use of eVisas — passport-free applications and label-less visas (external link) .

For people who successfully apply for a work visa, this means they are sent an online visa approval notification, which can be printed off and shown to an employer to confirm they can work in New Zealand and sets out any conditions for working here.

From 7 December 2015, people who apply online for a work visa while in New Zealand will be eligible for an eVisa.

The eVisas will also be issued to people from the 59 visa-waiver countries who apply online from outside New Zealand – see the list on INZ's website (external link) . (People from visa-waiver countries do not normally need a visa to visit New Zealand as a tourist for less than three months.)

As an employer, it’s your responsibility to check your staff can legally work in New Zealand. There are penalties if you employ someone who isn’t allowed to work for you, so take this seriously.

More on hiring overseas workers

Immigration New Zealand has guides and checklists for employers hiring overseas workers.

More tips and advice from business.govt.nz:

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