Overseas teacher recruitment

The Government is moving into the next phase in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic with New Zealand’s borders opening fully on 31 July 2022.

Financial support for overseas teacher recruitment

Reintroducing the overseas finders fee and overseas relocation grant

As New Zealand reopens to the world, the Government has reintroduced two grants to support overseas teacher recruitment.

Eligible schools, kura and early learning services can now apply for the 'overseas finder’s fee' of up to $3,450 to help meet their recruitment costs.

Overseas finder’s fee – TeachNZ(external link)

Additionally, eligible overseas and returning New Zealand teachers have access to the overseas relocation grant of up to $5,000 towards the cost of relocating to New Zealand.

For the first time, early learning services can apply for the scheme, supporting the early learning sector to secure qualified teaching staff from overseas.

Overseas relocation grant – TeachNZ(external link)

These initiatives are open for applications via the TeachNZ website(external link).

New dedicated support

We have established a new ‘navigator’ role to support schools, kura, early learning services and overseas teachers through the overseas teacher recruitment journey.

If you have any queries about overseas teacher recruitment or require assistance, please contact our navigators via email at teacher.supply@education.govt.nz or phone 0800 165 225, and we will do our best to help.

Accredited Employer Work Visa

The Government is moving into the next phase in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic with New Zealand’s borders opening fully from 31 July 2022.

The new Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) came into effect on Monday 4 July 2022. It is a three-step process and requires schools, kura and early learning services to become accredited in order to hire a migrant.

Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) – Immigration NZ(external link) 

The three-steps are to:

  1. Become an accredited employer – Immigration NZ(external link)
  2. Apply for a job check after having advertised the role in NZ – Immigration NZ(external link)
  3. Ask the migrant to apply for their visa – Immigration NZ(external link)

For full information on the process to become an accredited employer, and to understand what you need in order to have your job check approved, please see the Immigration NZ website.

Steps to hiring migrant on the AEWV – Immigration NZ(external link)

Overseas Teacher Recruitment webinar

In collaboration with Immigration NZ, we hosted two webinars on 23 May and 26 May 2022 to introduce the Accredited Employer Work Visa.

Please find a recording of the webinar presentation below.

Overseas recruitment webinar on Accredited Employer Work Visa

Green list roles

Within the Accreditation Employer Worker Visa scheme, the Government has produced a ‘green list'.

The purpose of the green list is to provide a residence pathway to support attraction of highly skilled migrants in globally in-demand and long-term shortage areas.

If the occupation is on the list and the employer is accredited, they will not need to provide proof of advertising for the role during the AEWV job check step (Step 2).

For the green list teaching roles, the migrant will have a work to residency pathway after two years.

Specific education roles are deemed enduring skill shortage occupations and are captured on the green list. Employment must be for a position as a teacher in one of the following areas:

  • Secondary school teacher in one of the following specialisations:
    • Science (including chemistry, biology, physics, agricultural and horticultural science, and earth and space science)
    • Mathematics (including statistics and calculus)
    • Technology (including digital technologies, computer science, construction and mechanical technologies, materials technologies, and processing technologies)
    • Pacific languages (including languages of Tokelau, Niue, Cook Islands, Sāmoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Fiji, Rotuma, and Kiribati).
  • Early childhood (pre-primary school).

Teachers must hold a New Zealand registration and a provisional practising certificate issued by the Teaching Council.

Green list occupations – Immigration NZ(external link)

The border exception programme has now closed

The Border Exception programme, allowing up to 300 teachers to enter New Zealand during the COVID-19 border closure, closed on 30 June 2022.

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