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Skilled Migrants and Parents face more delay

Skilled workers will be frustrated by yet another delay by the government preventing them applying for residence. The Minister of Immigration has deferred selections of Expressions of Interest (EOIs) for Skilled Migrants for another 6 months.

22/10/20201 min read
Skilled Migrants and Parents face more delay


Skilled workers will be frustrated by yet another delay by the government preventing them applying for residence. The Minister of Immigration has deferred selections of Expressions of Interest (EOIs) for Skilled Migrants for another 6 months. This decision will be reviewed before the end of March 2021.

This will frustrate many skilled workers in New Zealand working and paying taxes left with no clear pathway to apply for residence. The delays raise all sorts of issues including workers hitting the age limit (cannot apply if older than 55), restrictions on buying homes and getting children into tertiary studies to name but a few.

If you have staff affected there are potentially other pathways to residence if your business is accredited (or willing to become accredited). You do not want to run the risk of losing skilled talent that decide to leave the country. Recommend they talk to Malcolm Pacific Immigration for a free assessment.

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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.

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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