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Work Visas harder to get.

Most work visas require a job offer from a New Zealand employer. People holding work visas need to reapply at least 2 months before their current visa expires to avoid drama. In many cases jobs need to be re-advertised even if a work visa holder is already in the job.

09/07/20181 min read
Work Visas harder to get.


Most work visas require a job offer from a New Zealand employer. People holding work visas need to reapply at least 2 months before their current visa expires to avoid drama.

In many cases jobs need to be re-advertised even if a work visa holder is already in the job.

Work Visa decline rates have trended upwards but by getting the application right first time it will increase getting the approval.

Expect some changes to the rules later this year around how the labour market test will work.

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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