You must check they’re eligible

It’s up to you to check that students have permission to work in New Zealand.

Before you offer an international student a job, you must check that the conditions of their visa allow them to work. It is an offence to employ someone who doesn’t have the right to work in New Zealand.

It’s quick and easy to confirm a student’s visa status – just use Immigration New Zealand’s (INZ) free online VisaView tool. Just be aware you need to register online first. For help or more information, call Immigration New Zealand’s contact centre on 0508 WORKNZ (0800 967 569).

The conditions allowing a student to work will be noted on the visa label in the student’s passport, or in a letter from immigration New Zealand. You can ask to see those documents, as well as photo identification, and keep a copy of them for your records.