Our premier guide to employing employees on a work visa. This includes employer and employee obligations, checking entitlement to work in New Zealand, and Immigration Advisor Licensing.
In order to employee people from overseas, you need to determine how to get skilled people when you cannot fill a position with a New Zealander, and whether they have the right to work in New Zealand. The law which covers these issues is contained in the Immigration Act 2009 (“the Act”).
In addition you are required to comply with all other employment law whether or not your employees are legally entitled to work in New Zealand.
The Act defines “employee” to include people under a contract for service. Therefore the same requirements under the Act apply to independent contractors in addition to employees in the usual sense.

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