Making the decision to work in another country can be can be daunting, confusing, exciting, and ultimately, very rewarding. At CLAAS Harvest Centre we have a number of employees who have made the bold step to join us here in New Zealand and Australia. We have people in our team from all corners of the globe including the UK, Ireland, Germany, The Netherlands, China, South Africa, Colombia and Chile to name a few.
Most people are attracted by the exceptional quality of life that both countries enjoy - but new migrants can also look forward to great working conditions, fair pay, an easy-going culture, great career opportunities in a buoyant economic climate, along with a great outdoors lifestyle and being a great place to bring up a family in a safe, carefree environment. Some of our team have shared their stories on the right hand side of this page.
No matter where you apply from, every applicant is held to the same standards, and follow the same process. To be successful in the roles we offer, you will need to hold, or have the ability to gain, the right to work in the country you are applying in. For further information on these requirements, please find some information below specific to each country.
Temporary Work Visa
We enjoy Accredited Employer status with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection which allows us to recruit suitable candidates from offshore to work under the Temporary Work (Skilled) Visa (subclass 457) due a shortage in certain skills groups in Australia, such as trade qualified Heavy Diesel Mechanics. If your role fits within one of these Skills shortage categories we can offer sponsorship which would provide the right to work in Australia for up to four years and the ability for you to go on and apply for permanent residence. The 457 Visa Scheme also allows for your partner and dependent children to apply for a visa without the need for a job offer. Please note, Immigration Australia requires candidates to be able to pass their English Language Proficiency test, along with their health and character requirements.
Working Holiday Visa
The Working Holiday Visa (subclass 417), allows people who hold passports from certain countries, and are 31 years of age or under, the opportunity to come to Australia for up to 2 years and work at any employer for a period of 6 months. For further information on this visa click HERE
- For further information on working and living in Australia click HERE
- For further information on the practicalities of migrating to Australia click HERE
Work to Resident Visa
We enjoy Accredited Employer status with Immigration New Zealand which allows us to recruit suitable candidates from offshore to work under the Work to Resident Talent Scheme which provides successful applicants with the right to work in NZ for two years after which time you may apply for permanent residence under the Residence from Work Category. This Scheme also allows for you to apply for a work permit and/or visa for your partner and dependent children without the need for a job offer.
Immigration New Zealand require candidates to be under the age of 55 when applying and you must also be able to pass their health and character requirements.
Skilled Migrant Visa
If you have skills, qualifications or experience that New Zealand needs you may be able to apply for a resident visa under the Skilled Migrant Category. The Skilled Migrant Category is a points system based on factors such as age, work experience, your qualifications, and an offer of skilled employment. You must also be aged 55 or under, and meet English language, health, and character requirements.
Working Holiday Visa
The Working Holiday Visa, allows people who hold passports from certain countries, and are 31 years of age or under, the possibility to come to New Zealand and work for up to 23 months.
- For further on working and living in New Zealand click HERE
- For further information on the practicalities of migrating to New Zealand click HERE
We are always keen to recruit skilled and experienced agricultural mechanics and there are other options available that we can discuss on an individual basis so please contact us today if you wish to discuss your options at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The most common advice for anyone looking at immigrating to either country is just do it - you will not look back!