If you hold a New Zealand teaching qualification, and have been teaching overseas, here's some information to get you started on moving back home to teach.
As an overseas-trained teacher coming to New Zealand to fill a teaching vacancy, or a returning New Zealand trained teacher, you may be eligible for an Overseas Relocation Grant of up to $10,000 (GST inclusive).
You must already have begun full-time employment in a state or state-integrated school, or licensed early learning centre to be eligible for the grant.
The grant is paid in a single instalment. It will normally take 4-6 working weeks to receive the outcome of your application, with a further 2-4 weeks for payment if your application is approved.
The Overseas Relocation Grants are available from 1st July 2023 to 30 June 2024 . We will let you know after applying if there are allocations remaining
To find out more information about teaching in Aotearoa New Zealand please visit Teach in Aotearoa New Zealand – Careers in Education.
To live and work in New Zealand you need to have a valid work visa.
From 29 May 2023, all qualified teachers are included on Immigration New Zealand's Green List as Tier two roles eligible for work to residence. Find out more here
The IRD defines the types of expenses that can be claimed as part of an ORG.
Please refer to the IRD list of eligible expenses before starting your application as expenses not on the list will not be reimbursed. You will need to provide proof of expenditure for each individual expense.
For each expense you enter, you must upload a matching PDF copy of a receipt or invoice that clearly shows the amount and currency. Bank statements cannot be accepted as evidence of expenditure.
If your application is approved the amount paid will be the total of all eligible items for which proof of expenditure has been provided.
The grant is paid in a single instalment, normally within 6 - 8 working weeks after receiving a complete application.
You must have all your details and expenditure documents ready on your computer before starting your application.
Use the application form at the top right corner of this page to apply. In this application you will enter a list of the eligible expenses you wish to claim, including a description, amount, and currency. You will be required to upload the following documents:
You will be notified of the outcome within 4 - 6 working weeks after completing an application. You will receive payment normally within 2 - 4 working weeks if your application is approved.
Please note, the Ministry of Education will use the information collected on this form together with the information held in Education Service Payroll to:
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