Every migrant sooner or later has to deal with employment and employment rights. For those wanting to apply for a work visa it is essential that they have a job offer. For others, for instance people applying for a visa via the Family Stream or people applying for a resident visa, it is not always required to have a job offer at the time you apply for a visa. Most of them will eventually want to or have to work when they are in New Zealand.
Migrants have to be careful and know what their rights are as employees as some employers try to take advantage of migrant workers. Every now and then an article with this subject pops up in the papers or on the news. Migrants often don't dare to speak up as the employer might fire them and then they'll lose their visa and have to go home.
Job offerIf you have a job offer to get a visa you are fortunate.
An employer has to offer you a job and an employment agreement that meet or exceed the minimum New Zealand employment rights. Employers must confirm and might be asked to provide proof they have complied with employment and immigration law in the past and continue to do so in the future. Immigration will check with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment is the employer has a history there.
Your job offer has to be
Your rightsEveryone who works in New Zealand has minimum rights.
It doesn't matter if you are on a temporary work visa, a resident visa or a citizen.
It is good to know what these are.
- one 10-minute paid rest break and one unpaid 30-minute meal break when they work more than four and up to six hours
- two 10-minute paid rest breaks and one unpaid 30-minute meal break when they work more than six and up to eight hours.