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Remuneration rates - Malcolm Pacific Immigration is frequently asked: “what should I pay an overseas worker?” The answer is: “Never less than the market rate for those skills". Underpaying overseas workers will cause you big problems and Immigration NZ is watching you!

04/09/20191 min read
Tips for employers


Remuneration rates

Malcolm Pacific Immigration is frequently asked: “what should I pay an overseas worker?” The answer is: “Never less than the market rate for those skills". If unsure, check out www.careers.govt.nz where going rates for jobs are listed by occupation. Underpaying overseas workers will cause you big problems and Immigration NZ is watching you!


Lower skilled jobs are closely scrutinized

Employers supporting work visa applications for low skilled jobs need to ensure that such vacancies are openly advertised. NZ applicants must be properly considered. Keep records to demonstrate the fairness of that process. Do not over inflate a job description just to get approval to employ a migrant. Once again; Immigration New Zealand is watching.


Employment agreements

It is important employment agreements are up to date before offering a job to a migrant. Recent requirements imposed by legislation include the removal of trial periods for employers with more than 20 employees and the introduction of domestic violence leave as well as other changes. Immigration NZ will thoroughly check these agreements. If you need HR advice, Malcolm Pacific Immigration has a team of experts on hand 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