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Work Visa changes roll out in 2021

For some time, we have been alerting business to changes happening next year. Highlights are: The median wage was reported to increase in November to $27 per hour. This change appears to have been deferred until 2021. Exactly when the increase will happen is difficult to predict.

11/12/20201 min read
Work Visa changes roll out in 2021


For some time, we have been alerting business to changes happening next year.

Highlights are:

  • The median wage was reported to increase in November to $27 per hour. This change appears to have been deferred until 2021. Exactly when the increase will happen is difficult to predict. We know there will be little time to prepare for this change. If any of your team are on work visas, earn less than $27 per hour and have less than 12 months before the work visa expires, we recommend applying now for a visa extension.
  • In mid-2021 a new work visa application process will roll out. It will create more work and cost (increased government application fees) to business. Employers who do not hold accreditation from Immigration NZ should consider applying if this is right for the business. Eventually, all businesses under the new regime will be screened for suitability to employ migrant workers. It makes sense to apply early and avoid the inevitable delays when the new system comes on stream. Take advice from Lukas Sousa who works closely with business finding immigration solutions

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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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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)
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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.

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