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Changes to Skilled residency visa queue

Immigration NZ just announced this week changes to the ranking for processing residence applications from skilled workers. Priority will now only be given to people applying if they: Are paid $51 per hour (30 hours or more each week) OR $106,080 per annum (for a 40 hour week).

27/02/20201 min read
Changes to Skilled residency visa queue


Immigration NZ just announced this week changes to the ranking for processing residence applications from skilled workers.

Priority will now only be given to people applying if they:

  • Are paid $51 per hour (30 hours or more each week) OR $106,080 per annum (for a 40 hour week); OR
  • Require New Zealand occupational registration to work in their job (e.g. nurse, doctors, teachers).

Priority will no longer be given to people who have worked for an accredited employer for 2 years unless they meet one of the criteria above.

This means Immigration NZ will start processing older residence applications in the queue since December 2018.

Until the government decide the new residence approval numbers for 2020 and beyond the queue of skilled workers invited to apply for residence will just keep growing.

There are limited special circumstances where Immigration NZ might consider moving an application forward (does not include a visa about to expire or a long time in the residence queue). Take advice.

People need to be prepared to apply early for another work visa as the residence queue grows. We recommend applying no later than 3 months before the work visa expiry date.

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Update

The Green List

From September 2022 people holding job offers in a small number of occupations may apply for residence. Some occupations are a direct pathway to residence and others require a period of two years or longer before applying.

There are qualification and/or occupational registration requirements to meet. Establishing if an overseas qualification matches the NZ equivalent qualification before applying is paramount for success.

Read more here.

16 May 22
Update

Work Visa Categories Closing

The work visa categories set to close are:

  • Essential Skills Work Visa
  • Essential Skills Work Visa – approval in principle
  • Work to Residence (Talent – Accredited Employer)
  • Work to Residence (Long Term Skills Shortage)
  • Silver Fern Job Search Work Visa (closed October 2019)
  • Silver Fern Practical Experience Work Visa.
10 Feb 22
Update

Policy Decision Key Dates in 2022

  • February 13. Fully vaccinated Kiwis plus certain other travellers entering NZ from the rest of the world* can skip MIQ.
  • April 30. The border starts a phased reopen to fully vaccinated foreign nationals.
  • April 30. The Productivity Commission reports back to the government on immigration settings.
  • May 9. Applications open for mandatory Employer Accreditation.

*Excludes high-risk countries.

16 Dec 21