Employers

Skills shortage bite

Unemployment is at a low since December 2008 and you’re finding it hard to get skilled workers. A promising overseas migrant shows up in your CV pile. They can get on board quickly – if they can get a work visa. The problem is the Government has signalled it will toughen the labour-market test.

09/07/20181 min read
Skills shortage bite


Unemployment is at its lowest level since December 2008 and you’re finding it hard to get skilled workers. A promising overseas migrant shows up in your CV pile. They can get on board quickly – if they can get a work visa.

The problem is the Government has signalled it will toughen the labour-market test.

There are solutions. First, employers who regularly recruit skilled overseas staff can apply to become accredited - allowing them to employ migrants on talent visas. To do this they must meet criteria around their financial position, workplace practises, and have demonstrated a commitment to training and employing New Zealanders.

Companies in sectors like construction, IT, manufacturing are already doing this. We can help you with the accreditation process – and any hiccups that might happen along the way despite you gaining that status.

Second, our advice – whatever you do, don’t go it alone. One mistake can lead to lots of heartbreak and time-consuming paperwork. We have had work visas approved in 24 hours in some cases. Ask us 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