What does good character mean when applying for a skilled migrant visa?

Good character, in this context, applies to the standing of the applicant and any accompanying family. It protects the citizens of New Zealand from being exposed, or suffering from immigrants, who may be for example of a criminal or terrorist nature.
In short applicants must not pose a security threat to New Zealand or New Zealand residents as evidenced by police clearance certificates.

What counts as a partner?

A partnership is represented by a union which is either:
* A legal marriage.
* A civil union.
* A de facto relationship.

What is a temporary work visa for New Zealand?

You may qualify for a New Zealand Temporary Work Visa in the event of:

* Your skills/talent being needed by New Zealand employers
* If you have exceptional talent in the arts, culture or sports

What are the different visa options for a temporary work visa?

New Zealand offers a variety of Temporary Work Visa options. Some of which may lead to permanent residence through the work to residency scheme.

What are the different New Zealand Temporary Work Visa options?

* China Skilled Workers Category
* China Special Work Category
* Essential Skills
* Family Stream
* Indonesia Special Work Category
* Philippines Special Work Category
* Special arrangements
* Specific Purpose or Event
* Students and Trainees
* Study to Work
* Vietnam Special Work Category
* Work exchange schemes

What is a Work exchange scheme?

Where a work exchange scheme has is either government to government or is pre-approved by Immigration New Zealand, applicants may be granted a work exchange work visa.
All applications under the work exchange scheme must be approved before travel and there are various criteria that must be met:

* The health and character requirements must be satisfied.
* A proof of acceptance from the work exchange organiser.
* Medical and Dental insurance must be in place.
* Travel arrangements must have been made for when your work exchange program finishes.

What other occupations may qualify for a temporary work visa under the special arrangements category?

The following highly specialised areas of work may mean those in these occupations may be eligible for a New Zealand Specialised Work Visa:
* Foreign crew on a fishing vessel –may be eligible for a specialised work visa if you are contracted to work as a member of the crew on a New Zealand, or chartered foreign fishing vessel, situated in New Zealand waters.
* Interpreters from Japan – if you have a full time job offer in the New Zealand tourism industry may qualify for a work visa for up to 3 years.
* Thai Chefs- if you have a full-time job offer from a New Zealand employer as a Thai chef you may qualify for a work visa for up to three years.
* Religious workers – genuine religious workers who provide New Zealand communities the opportunity to practise, maintain and advance their religious beliefs may qualify for a work visa of up to 2 years.

What is the China special worker category?

This category is specific to certain Chinese workers (Chefs, traditional Chinese medicine practitioners, Mandarin teachers’ aides, wushu martial arts, coaches or tour guides). The temporary work visa, if granted can be for up to 3 years.
Should the workers be successful in their application they may not apply for another work visa in this category until 3 years after the end of the current one.

What is the Indonesia Special Work Category?

This category is specific to certain Indonesian workers (Indonesian chefs, Halaal slaughterers, or Bahasa Indonesia teachers’ aides). The temporary work visa if granted can be for up to 3 years.
Should the workers be successful they may not apply for another work visa in this category for 3 years thereafter.

What is the Philippines Special Work Category?

This category is specific to certain Philippines workers (registered nurses, farm managers, or engineering professionals). The temporary work visa if granted can be for up to 3 years.
Should the workers be successful with their application they may not apply for another work visa in this category for 3 years thereafter.