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Tips for Employers

Looking for Talent? The travel bubble with Australia means employers can recruit from across the Tasman. However, for applicants who are not Australian citizens – get immigration advice. There are more than a million people on temporary visas in Australia plus plenty of permanent residents.

17/05/20211 min read
Tips for employers


  • Looking for Talent? The travel bubble with Australia means employers can recruit from across the Tasman. However, for applicants who are not Australian citizens – get immigration advice. There are more than a million people on temporary visas in Australia plus plenty of permanent residents.
  • Visa rules will keep changing throughout 2021. Any questions send a message to lukas@malcolmpacific.com
  • More border exemptions are rolling out as places in Managed Isolation/Quarantine open. If you have a need to recruit highly skilled workers from overseas, take advice before securing MIQ vouchers.
  • Keep copies of job advertisements if roles are filled by migrant workers. Plus keep a record of training courses you send any staff on. In the new normal you will have to prove you are training New Zealanders.
  • Make sure your personnel records are up to date. This includes records of pay, hours worked, visa status (including kiwis). Proving you employ New Zealanders will become part of the new landscape.

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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