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Fast track entry to NZ for Skilled Workers

A limited window to enter NZ for skilled workers with job offers is about to open. This will fast track border exemptions to help workers get on the ground and into jobs fast. This limited opportunity opens on 13 March and runs until July 2022.

07/03/20221 min read
Fast track entry to NZ for Skilled Workers

A limited window to enter NZ for skilled workers with job offers is about to open. This will fast track border exemptions to help workers get on the ground and into jobs fast.

This limited opportunity opens on 13 March and runs until July 2022. Employers will be able to secure “skilled workers” from overseas without advertising the job or proving there are no kiwis available to fill the job or that the business is an accredited employer.

A “skilled worker” is when:

  • A job offer is paying 1.5 times the median wage (i.e. $84,240 a year OR $40.50 an hour) and;
  • The job is for longer than 6 months and at least 30 hours a week; and
  • The migrant worker can prove they have experience/qualifications to do the job.

People will be allowed to bring family with them. This will be a key consideration to anyone recruited from offshore after seeing how many families were kept apart when our border closed in 2020.

If you are in discussion with an employer regarding a New Zealand job offer or applying for jobs consider sharing this article with your potential employer. It might just help move things along before this window closes in July.

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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
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.
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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.

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