Employers

Migrant workforce want to be residents

Business is facing massive skill shortages across most industries. The closed border is forcing employers to find staff locally but so many skills are not available. There are signs of poaching through inflated wages or people leaving for Australia where there are opportunities to become residents.

22/07/20211 min read
Migrant workforce want to be residents


Business is facing massive skill shortages across most industries. The closed border is forcing employers to find staff locally but so many skills are simply not available. There are signs of poaching through inflated wages or people leaving for Australia where there are opportunities to become residents.

The Minister of Immigration wrote to our CEO at the end of June confirming he has made decisions about resuming the selection of Expressions of Interests (EOI) and selection criteria. The Minister said, “I will be making an announcement on these matters soon”.

In the meantime, what can you do to help your migrant workforce?

Here are some suggestions:

  • If your business is an accredited employer, and the accreditation has not expired, explore whether there is a pathway to residence for your offshore talent. This route closes 31/10/2021.
  • Talk to Malcolm Pacific Immigration about an on-site “immigration briefing” for your team. People value face-to-face advice and the opportunity to ask questions about their personal situation. Our team is on standby to help.
  • Licensed Immigration Advisers will assess pathways to residence. Malcolm Pacific Immigration provide free assessments.
  • Consider how you can help your migrant workers settle into the New Zealand lifestyle. A team BBQ is one way, along with practical support, for example: introductions to banks, accountants, schools, and local community support groups.

The longer the government delays reopening pathways to residence, the more your migrant workforce will be concerned about their future.

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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