Employers

Tips for Employers

The border remains closed to all visitors, most international students, and many workers. Ensure job ads are clear that applicants need to be in New Zealand if the work is low to medium skilled. Use video calls (Zoom, Facetime, WhatsApp etc) to interview specialist offshore workers.

26/02/20211 min read
Tips for employers


  • The border remains closed to all visitors, most international students, and many workers. Ensure job ads are clear that applicants need to be in New Zealand if the work is low to medium skilled. Use video calls (Zoom, Facetime, WhatsApp etc) to interview specialist offshore workers.
  • Pre departure COVID-19 testing is now mandatory for all travellers to New Zealand except those from arriving from Australia, Antarctica and most Pacific Islands. Read more at www.miq.govt.nz
  • Keep a record of work visa expiry dates. Remind staff to apply at least 3 months before the visa expiry date.
  • Review your company Employment Agreements at least once a year. The new domestic violence leave allowance, upcoming increases to sick leave allowances and future amendments to the Holidays Act can be reasons for work visa applications being delayed or declined if these are not incorporated into Employment Agreements. Keep up with employment law changes.
  • Start planning for the increase in the minimum wage to $20 per hour from 1 April 2021.
  • Visa rules are constantly changing and these usually impact employers. If there are topics you would like covered in future newsletters please drop a message to lukas@malcolmpacific.com

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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