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Old Jan 2nd 2009, 7:06 pm
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Hi. Really not understanding this at all. After looking through an abundance of job advertisements which I am capable of doing, at the end it states that ONLY APPLICANTS LEGALLY ENTITLED TO WORK IN NZ NEED APPLY.
I am coming over to NZ next year on a six month visitors visa hoping to secure a job. How can I apply if I cannot get my work visa until after the job offer????? Any advice or guidance would be much appreciated. Confused!!!!
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Old Jan 2nd 2009, 7:21 pm
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Hi. Really not understanding this at all. After looking through an abundance of job advertisements which I am capable of doing, at the end it states that ONLY APPLICANTS LEGALLY ENTITLED TO WORK IN NZ NEED APPLY.
I am coming over to NZ next year on a six month visitors visa hoping to secure a job. How can I apply if I cannot get my work visa until after the job offer????? Any advice or guidance would be much appreciated. Confused!!!!
Why not ask the company if they will accept an application from you explaining that if you get the job you WILL get a the legal right to work for them....presuming this is the case?

It could be one of the 2 following reasons..........they do not want people wasting their time applying who have NO right whatsoever of legal employment in NZ under any circumstances or only want applications from people who already have the right to work ie who have citizenship or PR etc. I guess a phone call to them will give you your answer. Good luck.
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Old Jan 3rd 2009, 11:58 am
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Well speaking from the POV from my workplace, whilst we like people to at least be in this country (to dissuade the tyre kickers) our interpretation of that is that it is people who, if applied for a visa would be likely to get it. Or at least in the position of applying from an OK standpoint. Half our staff is from overseas but we certainly exclude people who are not serious about the move.

Not scientific or 'correct' but certainly our interpretation.

As for tyre kickers - we get a *lot* of people applying who have no apparent means of actually getting here. The recent job we had advertising had 100+ applicants. Very few actually seemed like they had any intention of moving here (note: saying Lord of the Rings was inspiring is *not* enough. I HATED the movie).
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Thanks for that. We are defo serious of the move as we have sold our house and flying over in April. I work as an admin Manager for the local authority and it seems that there are quite a few of those posts around, my hubby works with special and behavioural needs kids. So it looks like I should make it clear on my letter and CV that I do intend to stay in NZ. Any more advice would be much appreciated.x
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I got a job from the UK which was advertised as open to those legally entitled to work in NZ. I was lucky that I got a phone interview and was able to tell the interviewer that we had already sold our house and we were ready to come.

I think that if you are in NZ and have sold your house then potential employers will recognise that you are serious and if you have the suitable skills, would offer you a position.

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I would have thought that the statement was pretty obvious. Only those who have permanent residence or a work visa should apply. You can't really interpret the statement according to what you wish it to say! Remember, also that if you do get work without the proper visa then you may well be exploited and under-paid.
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I would have thought that the statement was pretty obvious. Only those who have permanent residence or a work visa should apply. You can't really interpret the statement according to what you wish it to say! Remember, also that if you do get work without the proper visa then you may well be exploited and under-paid.
This was not the case when I got my Job WS. The job as stated was advertised as open to those legally entitled to work in NZ. However the employer in my case was crying out for people with overseas experience. I took a chance in applying and when they found out that we were well down the track (house sold and residence application dependent on job offer) they were happy to help in any way to secure our residency.

The company that I am now working for will also do the same thing for someone with the experience that they require, we have just done this for an American.

I would say give it a go, particularly if you are in the country as this really does demonstrate a commitment which is what potential employers want to see.
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Hey guys thanks for all your advice. Feel alot better about it. cheers again from a very cold West Yorkshire
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I am having similiar problems, one agency told me "contact me when you get to New Zealand" but how can you do that if you can't get there in the first place?
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