Temporary Visas

The New Zealand Temporary visa framework is currently in transition to a new framework that was initially due to come into place effective 1 November 2021 but has been deferred to approximately mid-2022. As part of the transition, the following changes have already been implemented:

  • Removal of ANZSCO as a determinator of skill
  • An increase to the remuneration thresholds for Essential Skills Work and Skilled Migrant Residence visas in line with New Zealand’s median wage
  • The closure of employers’ ability to submit Accreditation (including Labour Hire) and Approval in Principle applications from 30 June 2021.

In addition to the above, in order to provide greater certainty to employers and visa holders while Covid border restrictions remain in place, the Minister of Immigration has made changes to the Essential Skills visas to streamline the application process and increase visa duration. This includes:

  • Increasing the eligible visa duration for individuals paid below the median wage from 12 to 24 months,
  • Removing the requirement to provide medial and police certificates if they have been provided to Immigration New Zealand previously, and
  • Removing the requirement to provide evidence of an employer's efforts to recruit a New Zealand citizen or resident for the role if an applicant is already lawfully employed and they are applying for an Essential Skills work visa to remain in the same job, with the same employer and in the same location.

You will find a more detailed article on our News and Articles page along with earlier articles concerning the changes as they were proposed.

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