Employers

Work Visa policy set to change

The NZ Government is making it clear that employing a migrant is a privilege, not a right. It is putting the responsibility onto employers to be compliant with the rules around employment and each migrants’ visa status. The solution for employers is to seek Accreditation from Immigration NZ.

19/12/20181 min read
Work Visa policy set to change


The NZ Government is making it clear that employing a migrant is a privilege, not a right. It is putting the responsibility onto employers to be compliant with the rules around employment and each migrants’ visa status.

The solution right now for employers is to seek Accreditation from Immigration New Zealand so that potential employees’ work visas can be fast tracked.

If you are employing where salaries or wages start at $55,000 a year, Accreditation could be a worthwhile investment.

If you want to find out how to become accredited talk to our Business Development Manager Lukas Sousa here at Malcolm Pacific Immigration. You can reach Lukas by email lukas@malcolmpacific.com or by calling the office +64 9 309 4187, or mobile +64 022 689 5500.

Meantime the government has announced a review of work visa settings. If implemented Accreditation for all employers who recruit temporary migrant workers (regardless of pay rates) will become mandatory, pressure to increase wages and an emphasis on training locals are key features of the proposed changes. More news on that in 2019 but getting accredited now could save a lot of time, cost and hassle later.

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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