NURSING IN NEW ZEALAND
Nurses... we need you in New Zealand
Getting to New Zealand
- Permanent Migration - as a Skilled Migrant
- Temporary Migration - for those who wish to improve their skills or experience, or simply experience life in a new country for a while
- Working Holiday - for those Registered Nurses 18-30 years old
Why New Zealand?
New Zealand is often overlooked as a destination for migrants in favour of its larger neighbour across the Tasman Sea, Australia.
However, New Zealand has a huge amount in its favour. The climate is temperate, meaning that extremes of heat are not experienced in the same way as areas of Australia. The wine is fantastic; the food, especially seafood, unbeatable; and a landscape and activities that offer something for everyone.
New Zealand is split between two islands, North & South. The two islands are very different. The North is the more populated and warmer of the two islands, whereas the South is more wild & rugged with the Southern Alps running down its spine.
New Zealand provides Nurses with ample opportunity in all specialist fields such is the demand within the healthcare sector. Whilst salaries are lower than in the UK this is countered by a lower cost of living of around 5-10%. Property costs are also considerably lower and this results in a smaller percentage of your pay going towards mortgage costs.
Nurses who have made the move to New Zealand report that one of the things that make the work more enjoyable is lower patient staff ratios. New Zealand also has a statutory minimum of 4 weeks paid holiday per year, plus Public Holidays.
We have a diverse culture with many migrants from around the world like Asia, South Africa and in particular the UK. They have chosen to move for a better lifestyle in New Zealand. No matter what your background you will feel welcome here, and the New Zealanders will make sure of that.
In a country that is not dissimilar in physical size to the UK, the population is a fraction at only 4.25m. Some people say that to visit New Zealand is like going back to how the UK was 40 years ago. That is to say that along with the development of modern culture you are never very far from the countryside so you can match your lifestyle to the pace you want.
New Zealand is a great place to explore and it is no surprise that New Zealanders choose to holiday in their own country out of choice, such is the ease in which you can travel around and experience all that the country has to offer.
So whether it is beaches, lakes & mountains, coastal scenery, sport or culture, you will find it all, and not too far away, in New Zealand.
Nursing – Visas, Immigration and You
Nurses are currently in high demand in New Zealand. There are excellent career opportunities with permanent and temporary work available. Most visa applications for nurses will receive priority processing.
Whether you have a high level of skills and experience or need to gain additional skills, there is a opportunity to suit you. There are excellent career opportunities with permanent and temporary work available in New Zealand. It doesn’t matter whether you are in New Zealand or outside New Zealand, you can still apply for your visa to work as a nurse.
Permanent and Temporary Visa Options for Nurses
Immigration New Zealand
Immigration New Zealand is the government office that is responsible for managing all visa applications.
Skilled Migrant Visa
Permanent residency may be possible with an application through the Skilled Migrant Category (Skilled Migration Visa).
The skilled Migrant Visa is a points-based visa with additional points awarded to nurses because there is such a serious shortage of Registered Nurses (in all fields) in New Zealand. As such, the New Zealand Government has listed Registered Nurses on their "Long Term skills shortage list" under the Skilled Migrant Category.
Temporary Work Visa
If you secure an offer of employment as a nurse, you may be able to obtain a Temporary Work Visa for up to 5 years. A Temporary Work Visa is typically processed as a priority application and can be obtained very quickly.
They offer an excellent opportunity for nurses wishing to experience living and working in another country at a relatively low cost.
Working Holiday Visa
This visa allows you to stay for 12 months and work as a nurse with any one employer for a maximum of six months, provided your work remains incidental to your holidays.
If you are between 18 and 30, you may be able to come to New Zealand temporarily for a working holiday.
Working in New Zealand
To work in New Zealand you must first have your qualifications assessed by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) relevant authority and obtain occupational registration with the New Zealand Nursing Council.
A professional migration agent can assist you with detailed and often time consuming process should you require assistance. ce.
English Language Requirements
Nurses must now demonstrate a proficiency in English before their occupational registration can be granted. In other words, you must demonstrate that you meet the English language threshold. This means that you must already have your English language test results before you lodge your application for registration with the New Zealand Nursing Council.
Whilst this is not a requirement for visa application purposes, the New Zealand Nursing Council have deemed that, despite nurses coming from English speaking countries and having English as a native language, they must still provide proof of English language ability.
Proof of English language proficiency is achieved by taking either the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the Occupational English Test (OET).
Which English Language Test Should I Sit?
Generally, you will be required to sit the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test to assess your English language ability. Occupational English Test (OET) results may also be provided as evidence of your English language ability.
You are advised to prepare before sitting for either test. Your migration agent can give you advice about this.
What is IELTS?
IELTS is a test designed to assess an applicant’s English language ability. It has an academic test and a general training test – applicants for registration as a nurse are required to take the academic test.
IELTS examinations are available worldwide. Information on fees, available test dates and application forms are available on the IELTS website.
What is OET?
The Occupational English Test (OET) is a language test for overseas qualified health professionals. The Test assesses English language proficiency as it is used in medical and health professions. The OET is administered by the OET Centre seven times a year and in over 40 locations around the world.
The Test measures the language competency of health professionals who are seeking registration and the ability to practise in an English-speaking context. It is designed to ensure that language competency is assessed in a relevant professional context.
Why use a Migration Agent?
You cannot work as a Registered Nurse in New Zealand without first registering with the New Zealand Nursing Council.
A Licensed Immigration Adviser can assist you in this registration process, as well as provide professional advice and assistance in your visa application.
All New Zealand Immigration Advisers are required to be licensed from May 2010. This requires agents to have a comprehensive knowledge of immigration law and practices. Agents are aware of the changing migration environment and as such are able to provide up-to-date information and advice.
Migration can be costly and time consuming; the use of a licensed adviser will ensure that the process meets legislative requirements at the time of application. Your agent will walk you through the process from start to finish.
Why use Kiwi Emigration Ltd?
UK-Based, Knowledgeble and Experienced
Kiwi Emigration is a UK-based company that specialises only in New Zealand. We provide a personalised and professional service in migration, including permanent and temporary visa advice and assistance. Using our services also provides you with a bank of knowledge to tap into, giving you access to information about New Zealand, where you are going to live and requirements for housing, schooling, banking etc. When you choose Kiwi Emigration Ltd, you will be safe in the knowledge that you are using a licensed Immigration Adviser.
All of our team have extensive knowledge of New Zealand and will be able to give you an insight into what to expect when you make the move. You will be assigned a dedicated advisor to assist you throughout the process assuring you of the very best Customer Service possible.
Kiwi Emigration's Managing Director, Craig Millard, is a Chartered Accountant by profession and has contributed numerous articles on immigration to publications in the UK. He has appeared as an expert on seminar panels at exhibitions and is also the author of Emigrate to New Zealand – The Complete Guide (2009 & 2010 Editions)
Moving to a new country can be both exciting and daunting and we understand the type of help you need. We can help you find the information you need to make your move a successful one.
Together with extensive contacts we have in New Zealand, we will be able to assist you with:
- Recommending suburbs and schools etc.
- Introducing rental cost guides & available properties
- Opening bank accounts
- Transferring your money to New Zealand
- Healthcare Advice
- Plus answer the many general relocation related questions you may have.
Whatever your circumstances, with every move to New Zealand, you WILL need the following:
- New Zealand VISA
- New Zealand job
- Settlement advice for New Zealand
Kiwi Emigration provide assistance with all 3 as STANDARD
New Zealand Employment
We have direct contact with the HR departments of all of New Zealand’s District Health Boards as the most direct way to assist in securing employment. We also have links with New Zealand specialising in recruiting health care professionals. If you would like assistance in securing employment, we are able to facilitate this process.
Regular interviews are conducted in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Kiwi Emigration Ltd