The existing six different temporary work
visa pathways are being replaced with one.
The recently announced upcoming visa system
will require all employers to be accredited and will replace six current
employer-assisted work visa categories with one new visa called the Temporary
Caroline Ryan Licensed Immigration Adviser said ‘some proposed changes are not yet confirmed but possibly will be phased gradually over the next 18 months’.
This will mean that employers who are
currently known as Accredited Employers who make job offers to immigrants who
wish to transition to residence through their Work to Residence (Talent Visas)
are required to offer a salary of $79,560 or greater for a 40-hour week, an
increase from $55,000 per annum.
Those holding the Work to Residence visa or
who have applied for this visa before 7 October 2019 based on a salary of
$55,000 will not be affected and can still apply for residence after holding
this visa for 24 months with an accredited employer.
After 2020, Immigration NZ will assess job
offers based on pay rates. Jobs paying less than $52,000 per annum for a
40-hour week will be regarded as low skilled.
High skilled workers will have to earn over
200 percent of the median wage, currently this would mean being paid $104,000,
to apply for residence after they have worked in New Zealand for two years.
there are no New Zealanders available to do a job before it is offered to an
immigrant, there is a Labour Market Test and now under these changes,
employers will be required to
state the wage or salary in their job advertisements
provide information about low-paid jobs to MSD, and
accept potential workers referred by MSD for a
low-paid job — although there are some exceptions.
The last changes will be implemented by
2021. The Work to Residence pathway will be gone by 2021.
Immigration New Zealand by introducing
these changes aim to improve the temporary work visa system by ensuring that
foreign workers are only recruited for genuine shortages, while also providing
incentives for employers to employ and train more New Zealanders.
INZ says the changes will benefit employers
A more streamlined process for
small businesses and businesses that represent low immigration risk;
Increased certainty earlier in
the process for employers wanting to recruit foreign workers;
A system that takes into
account the difference in labour market needs between different sectors and
The new employer-led visa application
process will involve three stages: the employer check; the job check; and the
worker check. Once an employer is
accredited, the job check will then assess whether the job the employer is
seeking to recruit for is genuine, consistent with New Zealand standards and
that the labour market test is satisfied.
Other changes include the Government
removing the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations
(ANZSCO) from the assessment of skill level for the new Temporary Work Visa and
will differentiate jobs by their remuneration rather than by their occupational
skill level. INZ says this change will simplify business processes and make
rules clearer and more transparent for user of the immigration system.