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Immigration issue: is the job offer relevant to the qualification?

With regard to a post-study work visa, you will need to prove to Immigration New Zealand (“INZ”) that your job offer is relevant to your qualification.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

When assessing whether the job offer is relevant to your qualification, INZ will consider if your qualification will be/is being utilised in your position of employment and to what extent.

You must clearly demonstrate through a submission of evidence, information and comments that there is a direct correlation between the major subject area(s) of your qualification and your tasks and responsibilities in the current role. INZ will also look to establish that the qualification and the major subject area(s) influenced the employer's decision to hire the employee and to what extent.

WHAT TO DO NEXT?

Our tips for potential or current...

EMPLOYEES
  • Provide Evidence, Information and Comments: INZ wants you or your chosen immigration expert to provide relevant evidence, information and comments that show your job offer is relevant to your qualification. Therefore, do not limit yourself to a simple job description and a qualification certificate.
  • Do not over-exaggerate: INZ are not expecting you to be superhuman and detail how you are changing the lives of everyone you interact with at work (if you are, fantastic! But is it relevant and do you have the evidence?). INZ want to see that your day-to-day tasks and responsibilities require the utilisation of knowledge and skills obtained through the major subject area(s) of your qualification. Be honest, realistic and clear.
  • Be detailed: don’t over-exaggerate but brainstorm all the tasks and responsibilities you undertake in the job and how these relate to your qualification. Your submission to INZ should contain all relevant details.
  • Get personal, within limitations: you are free to explain your personal circumstances and INZ will take them into consideration. However, this ought to be provided as a separate component of your submission. Always write a draft and then take some time away from your personal letter before reviewing it or ask a professional to review it. Often, confusion or emotions get the better of people and they write something that will likely hinder their application.  
  • Provide documentation: make it straightforward for INZ to assess your application by creating a clearly labelled bundle of documents - online or in hard copy, as appropriate. This should include all relevant documentation that you have referred to in your submission or as requested by INZ.
EMPLOYERS
  • Retaining Your Employees: we are aware that employers in Queenstown are concerned with the retention of their valuable migrant employees. Being prepared to offer detailed evidence that explains how your position of employment is relevant to an employee’s qualification may help toward retention of employees on a post-study, open work visa. When considering the continuance of this visa, INZ are looking to establish that the employee’s qualification was a key factor in your decision to employ them and why.
  • Job Descriptions: if you are looking for particular skills and knowledge and you know these can be obtained by employing someone with relevant qualifications, then (prior to advertising) you can amend your job descriptions accordingly. However, you are still required to advertise the role for a suitable New Zealander before you support a work visa application to INZ.   
If you are unsure about preparing a submission to INZ, want to brainstorm with a professional or have any other issues then get in touch with us today. We are your immigration and employment experts and we are always here to assist you.
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