Welder (First Class)ANZSCO level 3
Fabricates and repairs metal products using various welding techniques.
- Special Class Welder
ANZSCO NO. 322313
Welder (First Class) is on the following lists:
A certificate at NZQF Level 4, or a higher qualification, which includes the credit and knowledge requirements of one strand of the New Zealand Certificate in Engineering Fabrication (Trade) (Level 4)
a minimum of three years? relevant work experience
Canterbury is limited to the entire or principal place of work being within the territorial authorities of Christchurch City Council, Selwyn District Council or Waimakariri District Council.
Related visa: Essential Skills
If you meet the above requirements and are offered a job in one of the specified regions, then you may be eligible to apply for an Essential Skills temporary work visa. The duration of the visa depends on the term of your job offer, your skill level and labour market conditions. Essential Skills work visas are intended to fill temporary skill gaps, so they do not lead directly to a residence application.
Requirements to claim points for skilled employment
We use ANZSCO Version 1.2 to assess applications. Some selected occupations are treated as an exception.
To be classified as skilled for the Skilled Migrant Category you need to be either;
ANZSCO level 1-3 AND paid at or above $25.50 per hour ($53,040 per year based on a 40 hour week)
ANZSCO level 4-5 AND paid at or above $38.25 per hour ($79,560 per year based on a 40 hour week)
On the list of occupations treated as an exception to ANZSCO AND paid at or above $25.50 per hour ($53,040 per year based on a 40 hour week)
You also must be qualified in one of the following ways:
you have a relevant recognised qualification at or above the level described in the ANZSCO,
you have the relevant work experience that ANZSCO states will substitute for a formal qualification (for any skill level 1 occupation you can substitute the qualification specified by the ANZSCO with 5 years of work experience, even if the ANZSCO does not state this),
your occupation is included on the Long Term Skill Shortage List and you meet its requirements,
your employment requires occupational registration in New Zealand by law and you hold full or provisional registration for your occupation.
Related visa: Skilled Migrant Category
If you have enough points and meet the requirements then you may be eligible to apply for a Resident Visa under the Skilled Migrant Category. This category of visa allows you to live and work in New Zealand indefinitely and access most publicly funded services. The first step towards applying for this visa is to submit an Expression of Interest.
Welder (First Class) is not on the following lists:
What if an occupation is not listed?
If your job is not on a shortage list, don’t be disheartened. There are other work, resident, student and holiday visas that might be right for you.
Employers with advertised job vacancies in New Zealand that have made genuine but unsuccessful efforts to find a suitable New Zealand citizen or resident for the position can look to recruit migrant workers. In this situation, the employer may apply to Immigration New Zealand for Approval in Principle to recruit workers from overseas. They may also offer employment to a migrant directly and support their application for an Essential Skills work visa. The employer will need to provide supporting information and demonstrate their efforts to recruit New Zealanders first.
If you are aged between 18 and 30 years, and your country has an agreement with the New Zealand government, you may be eligible to apply for a Working Holiday visa.
A Visitor Visa is a great way to experience everything New Zealand has to offer. You are permitted to meet with prospective employers but you are not permitted to work until you have been granted a work visa.
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Skill shortage list notes
Note 1: Qualifications listed (unless an exception is stated) are New Zealand awarded qualifications on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF). Overseas qualifications must be comparable to the standard of the New Zealand qualification listed. Overseas qualifications therefore require an International Qualification Assessment (IQA) from the New Zealand Qualifications Authority stating the comparable NZQF qualification.
Note 2: Where post-qualification work experience is included as a requirement it applies to all qualifications listed for the occupation (unless otherwise indicated).
Note 3: Where a Washington Accord accredited undergraduate engineering degree is a requirement, the engineering degree has to be awarded from or after the date the country became a signatory, and must be on the list of accredited programmes of the signatory country. To determine if an engineering degree awarded is Washington Accord accredited, please refer to the International Engineering Alliance website.
Where a Sydney Accord accredited undergraduate engineering degree is a requirement, the engineering technology degree has to be awarded from or after the date the country became a signatory, and must be on the list of accredited programmes of the signatory country. To determine if an engineering technology degree awarded is Sydney Accord accredited, please refer to the International Engineering Alliance website.
Where a Seoul Accord accredited undergraduate IT degree is a requirement, the IT degree has to be awarded from or after the date the country became a signatory, and must be on the list of accredited programmes of the signatory country. To determine if an IT degree awarded is Seoul Accord accredited, please refer to the website.
Note 4: Qualifications held by applicants claiming points based on this list under the Skilled Migrant Category must be recognised under the Skilled Migrant Category.
Note 5: Where New Zealand registration is specified as a requirement and states “a qualification(s) in this area of absolute skill shortage is/are”, a person only needs to hold the particular New Zealand registration and to have undertaken any necessary work experience in order to meet the requirements of the List. In these cases, qualifications are listed only for the purposes of people applying for work visas under WF4.1.
Note 6: A letter, certificate or registration from the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand Incorporated (IPENZ), as Engineering New Zealand was formerly known, may be used to meet the requirement for a letter, certificate or registration from Engineering New Zealand. A letter from IPENZ may also be used to meet an applicable requirement instead of a letter from IT Professionals New Zealand. IPENZ’s name changed to Engineering New Zealand in October 2017.