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We have many overseas health professionals living in New Zealand who have chosen to make this their home. As a multicultural society our workforce reflects this amazing diversity, where knowledge and skills are openly shared and gained.

New Zealand immigration

If you are not a New Zealand Citizen or Resident, then you must have a visa to work in New Zealand. You do not need a work visa to work in New Zealand if you are an Australian citizen, or the holder of a current Australian permanent residence visa including a current Australian resident return visa. (If there are conditions on your residence visa/resident return visa, then you will require a work visa.)

There are a number of different visas you could apply for depending on whether you want to live in New Zealand permanently or on a temporary basis.

To work and live in New Zealand permanently, you could apply under the Skilled Migrant Category. Many health professionals come to New Zealand as skilled migrants.

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As there are shortages in certain professions, gaining a visa may be more straight-forward if you are able to obtain professional registration in New Zealand. The Work to Residence visa allow you to apply for a temporary work visa as a step towards gaining permanent residence. Alternatively, if you want to come to New Zealand to work temporarily, you will probably need to apply for a work visa.

For more information about the requirements needed to get a work visa go to Immigration New Zealand. The following links provide further information about your visa options for living and working in New Zealand.

Why work in New Zealand

New Zealand (or 'Aotearoa' - Maori for "Land of the long white cloud") has the benefits of a world-class health system and a fantastic lifestyle to offer.

In most cities and towns you are within a few hours drive of beautiful beaches, snow capped mountains and regional parks where you can explore this land of hidden treasures and unspoilt beauty.

New Zealand's urban centres have all the excitement and convenience you would expect from a thriving city; fabulous food, arts and culture, sports, museums and everything in between.

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If you're an avid rugby fan, why not see a test-match with the world champion All Blacks team - you will not be disappointed!

For more information about New Zealand click on the links below:

Professional Registration

In New Zealand, health professionals are required under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act (HPCAA) to be registered with their professional board before they can begin to work.

We recommend you apply for registration at least 4 months prior to your intended arrival in New Zealand.

The application process can take longer so we recommend checking estimated processing times directly with the board.

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