New Zealand Work Permits

Immigration is one of the primary concerns for anybody hoping to start working in New Zealand. Permanent employees will find it easy to get their New Zealand work permit because they’ll receive “sponsorship” for their entire stay from their prospective employer. The New Zealand work permit is dependent on this sponsorship because it confirms that you’ll be earning money during your stay in the country. Contracting in New Zealand is more difficult because the work permit is tied to one employer, so you have to change it to suit each new contract. Thankfully, umbrella companies provide a convenient and effective solution to this issue. 

New Zealand Work Permits

What is a New Zealand Umbrella Company?

Umbrella companies in New Zealand “employ” contractors, but don’t make any decisions about your workload, clients or anything to do with your day to day operation. They simply process your payments by billing and collecting money from your clients, calculating your taxes and sending you a net wage. This is equivalent to the PAYE (pay as you earn) system employed by many companies, and it makes handling your tax in New Zealand a lot simpler. The fact that they technically become your employer helps you get your working visa in New Zealand with minimal fuss. 

How Can Umbrella Companies Help You Get a New Zealand Work Permit?

As your permanent employer, umbrella companies are able to sponsor you for your New Zealand work permit provided they’re on the register of approved sponsors. Many different companies offer this service, because it makes contracting in New Zealand infinitely simpler and saves you the hassle of continuous paperwork. Instead of changing your work permit every time you get a new contract, you can just work how you ordinarily would under the same permit. They protect you from the bureaucratic “rain” of legal compliance with the New Zealand immigration authorities. They can even deal with the New Zealand Embassy directly. 

Through their service you may be able to use a business visa to get started quickly and then transition to a work visa in New Zealand. It depends on your specific New Zealand visa requirements. Be aware you may have to register for a residence permit in New Zealand.

Can Umbrella Companies Also Assist You with New Zealand Taxation?

Some umbrella companies are specialists in the New Zealand tax system. They constantly stay up to date with the legislation and ensure that you get to keep the biggest proportion of your earnings possible. The PAYE system is ideal for most workers because you don’t have to complete any paperwork (aside from submitting your timesheets to the umbrella company) or worry about your taxes in any way (you’ll receive documentation for your records, though). You have a team of experts ensuring that you’re paid promptly and the various requirements for tax in New Zealand are met. 

How We Help You with Contracting in New Zealand

We work closely with numerous umbrella companies in New Zealand and we have a thorough knowledge of the different services they provide - especially regarding immigration to New Zealand. If you’re a business analyst, IT project manager, software developer, tester, telecommunications contractor or an oil and gas worker, we can help you get sponsorship for your work permit and keep more of your earnings by setting you up with an umbrella company. We’ll also answer any questions you have about New Zealand visas or the country’s tax law, and we’ll contact the experts directly to guarantee 100 percent accurate advice. This all comes at no charge whatsoever to you and you’re not obligated to take on the services of any company. We’re just here to make your move as stress-free as possible. 

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Question and Answers about Work Permits in New Zealand

Q: Is it possible for a foreign national to be sponsored on a Work Permit in New Zealand?
A: Yes

Q: How long does it take to get a New Zealand Work Permit?
A: 4-6 weeks

Q: What is the visa process?
A: A local NZ company needs to make the application. They will need the candidates documentation (see below), plus the candidates offer letter, then the application is lodged in NZ and once approved the candidate takes the approved work permit to their local NZ Consulate and has the visa stamped in their passport.

Q: What documentation is required from the candidate?
A: Check here

Q: How much does it cost?
A: $2,000 NZD

Q: Can you transfer from a Business Visa to a Work Permit in New Zealand
A: No

Common Questions and Answers about Business Visas in New Zealand

Q: Can you organise business visas for New Zealand?
A: Yes

Q: How long does it take to process?
A: 5-7 days

Q: How much does a business visa in New Zealand cost?
A: $200 NZD

Q: Can nationals of certain countries enter New Zealand without a Business Visa? For example on an entry visa or visa waiver?
A: Yes - Australians