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Recruiting in 2021?

If you are looking to bring specialist skills from overseas start the conversation now on border exemptions and visas. The process is complex and does not move as fast as you want workers on the ground. In recruitment your priority is finding the right worker.

26/02/20211 min read
Recruiting in 2021?


If you are looking to bring specialist skills from overseas start the conversation now on border exemptions and visas. The process is complex and does not move as fast as you want workers on the ground.

In recruitment your priority is finding the right worker. That is time consuming enough without the headaches of how workers will be able to cross the border. Malcolm Pacific Immigration provides free advice on whether the skills you are looking to recruit are likely to result in a border exemption approval even before you start recruiting. Saves you time and stress.

If you are considering candidates already in New Zealand holding work visas it can be complex to work out if they can legally work for your company. Look at the visa. If it has the name of an employer and occupation listed it means they cannot start work with you until the visa is changed. There are around 200,000 people in New Zealand on a work visa so there are plenty to choose from.

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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.

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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