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Do you hold an employer supported work visa?

If you do this article will be of interest. First time work visa applications for either the Talent or Long Term Skills Shortage List (LTSSL) closed on 31 October 2021. If you wanted to apply for one of these visas and have not held one before then unfortunately that door is now firmly closed.

11/12/20201 min read
Do you hold an employer supported work visa?

If you are working in New Zealand holding a work visa attached to a specific employer there are a couple of points to consider when timing your next visa renewal application.

  • The median wage was reported to increase in November to $27 per hour. This change appears to have been deferred until 2021. Exactly when the increase will happen is difficult to predict. We know there will not be much lead in time to prepare for any change. If you currently earn less than $27 per hour and have less than 12 months left on your work visa, we recommend applying now. Take advice.
  • In mid-2021 a new work visa application process will be introduced. It will create more work and cost (increased government application fees) for employers. If your work visa is due to expire before July 2021 you may save some money by applying early.
  • If you are considering changing jobs, then lock in the new job offer before applying for a Variation of Conditions (VOC). In some cases, a new work visa may be required rather than a VOC. You cannot start the new job until your visa is changed to a new employer. It can be confusing. Take advice.

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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

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

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