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Top tips for employers

There is always plenty to think about in business. Immigration is now a key consideration for employers when it comes to their migrant staff. Keep visa records and set diary dates to remind staff to renew visas at least three months before they expire.

24/11/20212 min read
Top tips for employers


There is always plenty to think about in business. Immigration is now a key consideration for employers when it comes to their migrant staff.

  • Keep visa records and set diary dates to remind staff to renew visas at least three months before they expire.
  • If you do not have an HR professional for your employment advice we recommend you consider becoming a member of EMA (Employers & Manufacturers Association). The EMA provides great value for employers through their adviceline, a variety of training options for staff and direct input to the government to get the best for business. Read more here.
  • Accreditation expired after 31/03/2021? You can still attract and employ workers holding Talent (Accredited Employer) visas. They will need to apply for a variation of conditions to their work visa and be approved before starting in a new role.
  • Renewing passports in the Covid environment can be a nightmare. If staff have passports due to expire within the next six months encourage them to apply early for a new passport. There can be problems renewing NZ visas if passports have already expired.
  • Avoid giving immigration advice. In an effort to be helpful you may inadvertently break the law. Refer your staff to experienced and reputable licensed immigration advisers. Avoid shortcuts as they usually don’t end well.
  • Expect 2022 to be another year of rolling immigration policy changes. The Skilled Migrant Category, compulsory accreditation for employers of migrant workers, the new setting for residence categories are all on the planning board for next year.
  • Take a break over the holidays. It’s been a tough year for business and you deserve a decent rest as much as anyone to be game ready for 2022!

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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