The New Zealand government is mindful of ensuring that businesses have access to appropriately skilled labour but without undermining the training and employment opportunities of local New Zealand citizens and residents.

The main method of achieving this outcome is through careful management of the temporary residence program, in particular the work visa policies.

There are three main employer-related work visa policies, which are outlined here, in addition to the Working Holiday schemes that are put in place to allow young people to come to New Zealand for the purposes of work and holiday.

The employer-related work visa policies will undergo an overhaul in 2022.  The proposed framework was due to be implemented in 2021 but has now been delayed until 4 July 2022.  You will find a more detailed article on our News and Articles page along with earlier articles concerning the changes as they were proposed.

All offshore employment and work visas are currently suspended until 6 February 2022 and until such time the New Zealand government deems it safe to re-open New Zealand's borders.  All onshore employment and work visas are open and available for processing.

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