Employers

Offshore recruitment still possible

Employers need skilled workers but where are they? Unemployment remains at a record low. Australian employers are starting to poach local talent. The border is closed. Don’t despair. If you have a genuine need for a particular set of skills, then a border exemption may be an option.

22/07/20211 min read
Offshore recruitment still possible


Employers need skilled workers but where are they?

Unemployment remains at a record low. Australian employers are starting to poach local talent. The border is closed.

Don’t despair. If you have a genuine need for a particular set of skills, then a border exemption may be an option. Ask yourself these three questions:

  • Does the role require someone with unique experience and technical or specialist skills not readily available in New Zealand?
  • Is the role time critical and for work that brings significant benefit to the national or regional economy?
  • Is the job paying more than $112,320 per annum?

If the answer is YES to one of these questions, it is worth talking to the team at Malcolm Pacific Immigration about trying to secure a border exemption to bring in overseas talent. Over 17,000 border exemptions have already been granted since the border closed in March 2020.

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Our highly experienced licensed Immigration team will take away the stress and worry of navigating the complicated world of New Zealand Immigration. All you need to do is get in touch. Our employer team is on standby, ready to help.

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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