New Zealand is one of the most sought-after destinations for Overseas Filipino Workers in the world today. With only 5 million people living in the country, New Zealand offers a wide range of opportunities for Filipinos. The high demand for workers means that there are plenty of opportunities for OFWs looking for jobs in New Zealand. In addition to agriculture and dairy, Filipinos with experience in hospitality, healthcare, and construction will also find plenty of work opportunities.
The process of finding a job in New Zealand is relatively simple and straightforward. Jobs can be found through online job boards, local newspapers, and even word-of-mouth. However, the most important thing for Filipinos looking for work in New Zealand is to have the proper visa. Without a valid visa, it will be nearly impossible to find gainful employment. Fortunately, there are many resources available to help Filipinos obtain the necessary visa. With a little effort, it should be relatively easy to find a good job in New Zealand.
New Zealand is one of the many countries Filipinos opt to work in, especially because of its good benefits. It is also where our OFWs work up to now because it gives them great opportunities. Many New Zealander companies are just accommodating numerous Filipino workers.
The people in New Zealand are called Kiwis. I will address them with this name in this article. So, for those who want to work in New Zealand, or OFWs, you will surely want to check out this article and keep on reading.
Here are the requirements to apply for a job in New Zealand.
- Birth certificate
- Cost of the medical exam
- Medicare Trade test (if applicable)
- medical evaluation from a facility or clinic that is DOH-certified
- Pre-Departure Orientation
- A Valid Employment Contract (Authenticated by the Philippine Embassy in New Zealand)
- A Work Permit or Visa
- Each degree, diploma, or certificate you have
- Official transcripts, which list the courses you took and the marks or grades you got;
- Apprenticeship documents
- Details about your practicing certificate, license, or registration
- Proof of professional, vocational, or trade-related work and experience
- Translations of all non-English documents are done by an official translation service
- NZQA Assessment Certificate
To qualify, you must be 18 to 55 years old and at least a high school graduate. An applicant must also be physically and mentally fit for work.
How to Search for DMW Jobs in New Zealand
Here is a comprehensive step-by-step process to help you search and apply for jobs in New Zealand.
I. Know Your Options
First, you must know your options on how to enter the country. It means that you need to know the different visas offered by New Zealand for you to choose the best option to enter.
The following are the visas for New Zealand.
You can apply for an ETA online. Although it’s not quite a visa, it allows you entry into New Zealand for up to three months. More details on it are provided below.
The most popular visa requested is the New Zealand Visitor Visa. But not everybody requires one. Only applicants from non-visa waiver countries and visitors from visa waiver countries who intend to remain in New Zealand for longer than the period for which their visas are waived are required.
New Zealand Student Visa: With this visa, you can travel to New Zealand to pursue your studies and remain there solely to complete your program. You have a right to work, but there are restrictions on how many hours you can put in.
New Zealand Work Visa – You must apply for a work visa if you want to work in New Zealand. However, for your application to be accepted, you typically need to have a job offer.
New Zealand Resident Visa: If you are granted a New Zealand Resident Visa, you are essentially free to conduct yourself as a native would. You have the option of working or not. New Zealand allows indefinite stays.
Now that you know about the visa options in New Zealand, let’s move on to job searching.
II. Job Search
To do a job search, there are many ways available especially since we are in a technology-driven world. Everything can be done online, including job searching. There are five ways to do a job search. These are the following.
NZ Jobs and Can staff has offices in New Zealand, Europe, the Philippines, and Australia, and they are now starting their second decade of international recruitment. Their candidates find jobs that are a good fit for their skills and experience and will also help them get where they want to go in their careers. Can staff will help migrants move for free if they meet the requirements of the “Relocation Assistance Package.”
To search for jobs on this website, you may follow the steps below.
1. Click the link above to redirect you to the site. The site looks like this.
2. Click ‘Job Search’ on the left of the page beside FAQ.
3. You can see the available jobs on the page. For now, there is only one job post and it is about Construction jobs. Click ‘Apply For This Job’.
4. You will see this page asking for your details. After you have filled in the information. Click ‘Submit’. This will be the basis to assess if you are qualified to apply.
You will be contacted by the agency if you are qualified or not
The website’s goal is to connect businesses with talented people and help people by giving them better jobs. This is one of the best places to find work online in Asia. Helping job seekers and employers in Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Indonesia, and Vietnam find each other and talk about job opportunities.
To search for jobs using this website, you may follow the steps below.
1. Make sure to first register on the website. If you already have an account, just log in.
2. Click the link above to redirect you to the site. The website looks like this.
3. On the left search bar, enter a job that you wanted to search for. I will use ‘Electrician’ in this search. On the middle search bar, enter ‘New Zealand’. And hit ‘Search’.
4. You will be shown search results. Click one of these. I clicked the first search result.
5. Click the ‘Apply Now’ in pink bar. Follow the instructions that will be given to you after you clicked this.
The Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) Website is a job portal available to all Filipino citizens who wanted to search for jobs abroad. This online portal offers a lot of services and includes online job searches. To search for jobs using this website, you may follow the steps below.
1. Click the link above to redirect you to the website.
2. On the search bar, enter ‘New Zealand’. And hit ‘Search’.
3. You will be shown search results of the jobs in New Zealand approved by DMW.
You must keep in touch with the agency that posts the job offer. Make sure you give your contact details and keep communicating with them. Provide the requirements that were requested by the agency or employers so that you can move on to the next step.
You must first secure a job offer. If you already have a job offer, it is now time to get a work visa.
III. Getting a Work Visa
A visa is needed to enter the country so you need to get one. To get a work visa for New Zealand, follow the steps below.
1. To manually download, click this link à (Visa Application form). You will be redirected to this page. You must follow the options below. And click ‘SHOW’
Then, select the first search result which is the Work Visa Application (INZ 1015) to directly download the form or you may click this (INZ 1015 Work Visa Application).
Fill in the information needed, print it, and bring it to the nearest Visa Application Center to submit.
For details on how to send a paper application by mail or courier and how to apply for a passport online, please click on the tabs at the top of the page.
2. Set up a meeting
Click this link à (Book an appointment) to schedule an appointment at a visa application center of your choice.
Once you have submitted your visa application, you must make an appointment to submit it at a Visa Application Center. You will get an email with the appointment letter and an appointment confirmation once you’ve scheduled your appointment. To protect everyone’s health and safety, walk-ins are not permitted.
3. Remit your fees.
Find out how much you must pay.
After submitting your application, you must pay the visa application fee. Your payment will be made as part of the visa application process if you are submitting an online application. Payment may be made at the time of your appointment if you download the form, print it, and bring it to the visa application center.
4. Go to a Visa Application Center
On the day of your appointment, you should:
- Arrive 15 minutes before your appointment time.
- The Visa Application Centre is only open to applicants, caregivers, and those accompanying children under the age of 18.
- Documentation required for the submission of a Visa application or the processing of an online passport application
- If you fail to show up for your appointment on the scheduled day, you will be able to book a new one only 24 hours later.
- You can only reschedule your appointment for a later date. A meeting can only be rescheduled twice.
Your bags will be searched before you enter the Visa Application Center for security.
5. Follow up on your application
Keep track of where your application is in the process.
You will get an email from Immigration New Zealand telling you what they have decided.
If you want to know more about how your return courier is doing, you may also be able to get updates sent straight to your phone via SMS. Check with the Visa Application Centre where you are applying to see if this service is available.
6. Collect your documents
The Visa Application Center will give you your documents.
For walk-in applications, we can give you back your original passport(s) after scanning them. When you apply by courier, your documents will only be sent back to you by courier.
In some situations, you can pick up your documents in person. Bring the receipt from the Visa Application Centre and a government-issued form of ID. If allowed, you may be able to send a representative to pick up your documents. They will need a letter of authorization signed by you, the receipt from the Visa Application Centre, and their government ID.
To get your documents, you’ll need to show the payment receipt. If you don’t have the original payment receipt with you, you’ll have to show your ID and a statement letter (copy).
IV. Preparation for Going to New Zealand
Moving to New Zealand can be a happy choice that leads to good things. Planning for the hard parts of the transition will make it safer and easier for everyone. You will learn, like thousands of migrants before you, that the benefits almost always outweigh the problems.
Moving to a different country is a big step, and for many people, New Zealand is a very long way away. You might want to find out more about what other people have done. Migration is a lot more common now than it was 20 or 30 years ago, and you can find a lot of information online.
No matter how you decided to move to New Zealand, you should be ready for the time it will take to get used to the new place.
Once you get to New Zealand, you have to think about more than just your job. It is very important that your spouse and children are happy and settled. Think about why you’re moving and do as much research as you can before you get there. Be realistic and patient, and don’t lose the excitement that got you this far.
Getting used to New Zealand
Plan to start your life in New Zealand as set up as possible before you even get there. Using the services of a relocation company can help with things like finding a place to live that is already furnished, and setting up bank accounts.
One of the most important things to do to feel at home is to find a place to live. Try to make your new home feel like it belongs to you, and keep important things from the home you left out in the open.
What you need to bring
It’s hard to move to another country. There’s a lot to think about because you’re bringing literally everything with you.
When you move to New Zealand, you must bring the following documents with you. Originals, not copies, should be all of your papers. If they are not in English, bring a translation that has been checked by a professional.
- Birth Certificate
- Your Marriage Certificate
- Diploma(High School/College)
- Recommendations from past employers
- Your CV (Curriculum Vitae/ Resume)
- An international license or permit to drive
The weather here changes often, so you should bring a variety of clothes, like raincoats and warm clothes. Also, remember that the seasons are backward from what they are in the north.
Check with the New Zealand Customs Service to find out what you can and can’t pack. Things like food have to follow very strict rules in New Zealand.
V. Arrival in New Zealand
Congratulations for making it this far. Enjoy your work and stay in New Zealand. You can do the following when in New Zealand.
Everyone gets homesick at some point.
It has never been easier or cheaper to stay in touch with family and friends in your home country. Video calling programs that you can use for free online let you not only talk to people far away but also see them. Programs like Skype can help a lot of people feel less lonely, especially if their grandparents live far away and they have just moved.
Be patient. It may take a while to fully adjust, but you will if you want to.
Join/Make a community
There are different ways to make a community in a new country, and you should choose the one that makes you feel the most at home.
Ask your neighbors, coworkers, friends, bartenders, waiters, teachers, and other people like that where they like to get fish and chips, bars, sports clubs, activities for kids, stores, and more. Find places where you, your spouse, and your kids can meet other people.
Immigration New Zealand has links to community directories that may help you find people with similar interests as soon as you get there.
Video: Search for DMW Jobs in New Zealand
YouTube Channel: BISDAK NZ
The video discusses the step-by-step process of applying for a job in New Zealand which can be found in the video’s description.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are the commonly asked questions and answers about job search and application in New Zealand.
1. How much is the placement fee in New Zealand?
No placement fee is charged.
2. Is it hard to get a visa to New Zealand?
In general, it may be difficult to get a work visa in New Zealand due to limited spots or tight deadlines for application. If your country has a set quota, that means applications will open on a specific day.
3. Can I move to New Zealand without a job?
No, because the majority of immigrants are required to get an offer of skilled employment in New Zealand to obtain a visa or a residence visa under the Skilled Migrant Policy.
4. What is the cost of living in New Zealand?
The average cost of living for a single person in New Zealand is 1,400 NZD per month, not including rent (980 USD). The cost of rent will depend on where in the city you choose to live and how close you are to the city center.
5. How many years do you have to live in New Zealand to be a citizen?
You must count at least five years after submitting your citizenship application. You must have lived in New Zealand for at least 240 days every 12 months and 1,350 days over five years to satisfy this requirement.
Moving to another country isn’t as easy as it may seem. It can be a very risky thing to do. Still, if you’ve decided you need to jump, it’s important to know where to put your attention. Foreign workers, especially Filipinos, can find many jobs in New Zealand. Keeping this in mind, you can use the steps above to get ready and increase your chances of success.