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Work visa applications moving but the rules are changing

Immigration NZ have around 3500 Essential Skills Work Visa (labour market tested) applications in the queue at the time of going to print. These applications just include people already in New Zealand (offshore applications are not being processed).

16/09/20201 min read
Work visa applications moving but the rules are changing


Immigration NZ have around 3500 Essential Skills Work Visa (labour market tested) applications in the queue at the time of going to print. These applications just include people already in New Zealand (offshore applications are not being processed). If the application is well documented, it would get onto an Immigration Officers desk in about 8 days; if poorly presented, it will take at least 15 days. Of course getting to the desk does not mean an instant decision.

More and more we are see questions raised whether there are Kiwis available to fill the jobs. With a rapidly changing labour market we expect this to be a tougher line Immigration NZ will take in the future.

If you employ migrant workers the best support you can provide is encouragement for staff to apply early for the next work visa (at least 3 months before the visa expires) and to not take any shortcuts.

Employment agreements need to be up to date and anyone paid less than the median wage you will need to engage with WINZ. The job will have to be have been advertised widely before the visa application is lodged.

Keep up to date with work visa changes.

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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.

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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.
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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