Social Security for Migrant Workers in New Zealand

Social Security for Migrant Workers in New Zealand
Migrant workers in New Zealand are eligible for social security payments, just like all other workers in the country. There are a range of payments available, including those for retirement, disability, and unemployment. However, there are a few things that migrant workers should be aware of when it comes to social security in New Zealand.

Requirements for Eligibility

To be eligible for social security payments, migrant workers must meet certain residency requirements. For most payments, migrants must have lived in New Zealand for at least 10 years. However, there are some exceptions to this rule. For example, the application process for retirement pensions is different for those who have not lived in New Zealand for the full 10 years.
Another important thing to note is that migrant workers who leave New Zealand permanently will no longer be eligible for social security payments. However, if they return to the country within five years of leaving, they will regain their eligibility.

Types of Payments Available

There are a range of social security payments available to migrant workers in New Zealand. These include:

New Zealand Superannuation

This is a retirement pension that is available to all residents of the country who are aged 65 or over. To be eligible, migrants must have lived in New Zealand for at least 10 years (5 years if they are aged 60-64).

Jobseeker Support

This payment is available to those who are unemployed and looking for work. To be eligible, migrants must have been living in New Zealand for at least 2 years and must be aged 18 or over.

Sole Parent Support

This payment is available to those who are sole parents and have primary responsibility for the care of dependent children. To be eligible, migrants must have been living in New Zealand for at least 2 years and must be aged 18 or over.

Disability Allowance

This allowance is available to those who have an illness or injury that prevents them from working. To be eligible, migrants must have been living in New Zealand for at least 5 years and must be aged 16 or over.

Applying for Social Security Payments

Migrant workers can apply for social security payments by visiting their nearest Work and Income office . When applying, workers will need to provide proof of their identity, residency, and income. It is a good idea to call ahead or check the website before visiting a Work and Income office as some payments can only be processed through certain offices.

Conclusion

Social security payments can make a big difference to migrant workers in New Zealand who are struggling to make ends meet. With a range of payments available, there is sure to be one that can help you out if you need it. To find out more about what you may be entitled to, contact our office by booking a free consultation. We will be able to point you in the right direction.