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Further updates to recent changes to New Zealand immigration settings

As previously published, New Zealand Immigration Minister, the Hon Erica Stanford, announced wide sweeping immigration changes to New Zealand Immigration settings on Sunday, 7 April 2024.  The changes impact migrants in traditionally ‘low skilled’ roles and employers working in related industries.  Higher skilled roles are not expected to be significantly impacted by these changes. Migrants […]

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Significant changes to New Zealand immigration settings

New Zealand Immigration Minister, Hon Erica Stanford, announced wide sweeping immigration changes to New Zealand Immigration settings on Sunday, 7 April 2024. The changes will impact migrants in traditionally ‘low skilled’ roles and employers working in related industries. Higher skilled roles are not expected to be impacted by these changes.  Migrants currently holding valid Accredited

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Median wage changes and exceptions

The new median wage rate of $31.61 per hour will be adopted into sections of the immigration system on 28 February 2024.  Immigration New Zealand uses the median wage data which is published annually by Statistics New Zealand, and the new median wage of $31.61 reflects the June 2023 quarter of labour market statistics. The

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Changes to the Accredited Employer Work Visa and support for exploited migrants

Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) changes New median wage to apply from February 2024 Several work and skilled residence visa categories have wage thresholds or criteria that are based on the median wage. Currently the New Zealand median wage is NZD $29.66 per hour.  The new median wage of NZD $31.61 an hour will be

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Changes to the Skilled Migrant Category and Accredited Employer Work Visa

Skilled Migrant Category New settings for the Skilled Migrant Category have now been confirmed, which will be implemented from 9th October 2023.  These have been designed to assist employers manage their workforce more effectively and to provide migrants more certainty in planning their residence pathways.  It will be a more simplified system and a faster

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Transport Sector Agreement details confirmed and more occupations added to the Green List

Transport Sector Agreement details confirmed Work to residence pathway The Minister of Immigration and Transport has confirmed details of the Transport Sector Agreement for bus drivers, truck drivers and critical maritime transport workers.  The agreement provides that from 29 September 2023, bus drivers, truck drivers, ship’s masters (skippers) and deck hands will be able to

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Updates to the Green List and other immigration changes announced this week

Green List Changes announced Changes to Tier 1 occupations The Prime Minister and Minister of Immigration held a joint media announcement earlier this week.  In the announcement, several changes were indicated including the addition of three occupations to Tier 1 of the Green List, effective from 15 December.  These are Midwives and Registered Nurses (who

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New Zealand immigration rebalance and the impacts on new Work Visa framework

Many will recall the new Accredited Employer Work Visa framework and associated mandatory accreditation standards that were due to come into effect on 1 November 2021. The introduction of the new framework was deferred on 16 July 2021. Immigration New Zealand confirmed on 22 March 2022 that the new framework will continue to go ahead

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The transition of New Zealand’s immigration system

Resumption of new Employer Accreditation and Work Visa framework The Government has set a new date for the introduction of the New Zealand Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) and associated framework. The intention is for the new framework and associated requirements to be effective from 4 July 2022. Applications for accreditation under the new framework

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