Eligibility for working with us

You must meet certain citizenship and security criteria before you can apply to work for us.

Don’t discount yourself from applying for a role with us before you’ve checked your eligibility. Even if you think you may not be able to work for us, you may be surprised.  Go on, give it a try!

We are looking for people from a range of backgrounds with different perspectives.

Citizenship – New Zealand and some other countries

To be eligible to work for us, ideally you will have been a New Zealand Citizen for at least 10 years.

If you don’t meet this requirement, then you must:

  • hold New Zealand Permanent Residency or a current New Zealand Residence Class Visa; and
  • have been a citizen of the UK, USA, Canada, or Australia for at least 10 years.

We will occasionally consider applicants who have been a citizen of NZ, UK, USA, Canada or Australia for less than 10 years.

Top Secret Special clearance – a 15-year checkable background

You must be able to get and maintain Top Secret Special (TSS) security clearance.  The vetting assessments for national security clearances are completed by NZSIS Vetting.

To get this level of clearance, usually you need a 15-year checkable background, or a background that can be checked back to the age of 18.  This means you have lived in countries where NZSIS Vetting can make checks that are meaningful and reliable.

Check whether you’re eligible for security clearance

Check whether you’re eligible for a TSS security clearance at the link below. It’ll take about 5 minutes.

The results are not part of the formal security clearance process. They’re just an indication of whether you can apply for a job with us.