Immigration has recently announced that teachers from early childhood to secondary in all regions are now in shortage in New Zealand. This will make it easier for overseas teachers interested in working in New Zealand to work as teachers in New Zealand.
Any overseas candidate must meet the qualification and experience requirements required to be a teacher, as for any job and employment-based work visa in New Zealand. In addition to qualification and/or experience, candidates must have registration with the Education Council of New Zealand.
The minimum requirements for registration are qualifications and English language proficiency. Applicants must have an International Qualifications Assessment (IQA) completed by NZQA that shows their qualification is equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in teaching. They must also have a recent IELTS (English test) academic examination scoring 7.0 in all categories. Once these two requirements are met, an overseas applicant can apply for teaching registration.
The registration process requires applicants to provide details of teaching experience, ID and police certificates. Once all requirements are submitted, teaching registration takes a minimum of 6 weeks. If the Education Council grants registration, the applicant is then eligible to accept a teaching position at a school in New Zealand, but will be required to apply for a work visa to start work.
The recent addition of Early Childhood Teacher, Primary School Teacher and Secondary School Teacher to the Regional Skills Shortage List, coming into effect 27 May 2019, will make it easier for teachers and their employers to meet visa requirements.
If you meet the requirements for teaching registration and are interested in applying for a visa to work as a teacher in New Zealand, please contact us.