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Tips for employers in 2019

Immigration NZ and the Labour Inspectorate are checking workers’ records thoroughly. If you don’t keep the right records, you can expect to pay a penalty. So: If you are employing, check all applicants’ documents, especially qualifications and work experience.

19/12/20181 min read
Tips for employers in 2019


Immigration NZ and the Labour Inspectorate are checking workers’ records thoroughly. If you don’t keep the right records, you can expect to pay a penalty. So:

  • If you are employing, check all applicants’ documents, especially qualifications and work experience. When you employ a person, keep a copy of those documents.
  • Make sure you keep clear and accurate time and wage records.
  • If you are employing international students, under the rules of their visa each of them is only allowed to work 20 hours per week (except for the Christmas/New Year holidays when they can work full time)
  • Despite the shortage of talent, if you have a migrant employee and his or her visa is about to expire you must in most cases re-advertise the job and prove there is not a New Zealander available for it before the work visa will be renewed.

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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
Update

Policy Decision Key Dates in 2022

  • July 4. Applications open for the new Accredited Employer Work Visa.
  • July 31. Applications for the 2021 Resident Visa close.
  • August. Skilled Migrant Residence category scheduled to reopen.
  • August. A new pathway to residence for people earning 200% or more of the median wage.

*Excludes high-risk countries.

16 Dec 21