Employers

Some relief for employers to maintain workforce

The government has moved the introduction of the new employer accreditation process across to mid-2022. At the same time, the Minister of Immigration announced new work visa rules for migrant workers who are already in New Zealand and working full time.

22/07/20212 min read
Some relief for employers to maintain workforce


The government has moved the introduction of the new employer accreditation process across to mid-2022. At the same time, the Minister of Immigration announced new work visa rules for migrant workers who are already in New Zealand and working full time.

From Monday 19 July people paid below the median wage ($27 per hour) can apply for work visas valid for up to two years (instead of a 12-month maximum), while workers paid above the median wage will receive visas for a maximum three years.

At the time of lodging the work visa application a person must hold:

  • A work visa of any kind; or
  • A student visa with unlimited work rights (special rules apply); or
  • A critical visitor visa (border exemption and special rules apply).

And:

  • Must already be working full time (30 hours a week or more), for the same employer and in the same region.
  • No medical or police clearances required if submitted with a previous visa application.
  • Government application fees must still be paid.
  • Employer declaration required.
  • Labour market test will not apply to most applications.

Beware of the traps. It appears the criteria has been relaxed but no visa application is without its own complexity.

The final deadline of 31 October 2021 remains in place for migrant workers to apply for Work to Residence visas. No signs this date will be extended.

Your migrant workforce will be confused by all these changes. Getting the work visa application right is so important to maintain your workforce particularly when skills are in such high demand. Avoid the drama – get in touch with the Malcolm Pacific Immigration team to help sort all this for you.

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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