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New Skilled Occupations

The Skilled Migrant Category remains on hold. An Expression of Interest (EOI) can still be lodged into the pool but until the government directs Immigration NZ to restart selections of EOIs from the pool it is a waiting game before receiving an Invitation to Apply for Residence.

31/07/20201 min read
New Skilled Occupations


A pathway to residence may have opened for a group of occupations recently added to the exceptions list.

From 27 July 2020 aged or disabled carers, bicycle mechanics, drillers or nursing support workers with job offers paying the median wage (currently $25.50 per hour) or higher could apply for residence under the Skilled Migrant Category. There is of course more to this than meets the eye so a proper assessment of eligibility from a professional is recommended.

The Skilled Migrant Category remains on hold. An Expression of Interest (EOI) can still be lodged into the pool but until the government directs Immigration NZ to restart selections of EOIs from the pool it is a waiting game before receiving an Invitation to Apply for Residence.

Our advice is to still move ahead with an EOI so you can be as close to the front of the queue as possible when selections restart. There is of course a risk the government may change selection criteria (e.g. push up the current pass mark of 160 or any other change to reduce the numbers being selected) but having a sense of moving forward is important to many people rather than living life on hold.

Residence applications under the Skills categories are being processed for applicants who are in New Zealand. There are delays. Read more: “Stuck in a queue” article

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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