Visas are either classed as short or long term and have their own criteria and wage expectations. The immigration.govt website has more on options for working in NZ.
Latest visa changes
Under or oversupply of NZ jobseekers
From 7 October 2020: In some instances, the need for a skills match report may not be necessary to support a migrant work visa application if the hourly rate is below the national median wage (currently set at $25.50 per hour). This is a temporary change.
There are 3 other important short-term changes in place:
- Anyone on an employer-assisted temporary work visa which is due to expire before 31 December 2020, may have the visa extended by 6 months.
- The stand-down period for lower paid workers who have had their employer assisted visa extended will be delayed. If the stand-down period was between August 2020 and the 31 December 2020, they will be able to stay with the same employer, in the same occupation, at the same location for another 6 months in line with the visa extension.
- Some essential skills work visas will be reduced from 12 to 6 months if the visa application was lodged from 10 July 2020.
Further changes, primarily for employers are to follow in 2021:
- All jobs will now be classified as either low or high skilled based on the pay of the job, i.e. above or below the median wage.
- Essential skills work visa holders (low skilled) can apply to bring their partner and children on a visitor visa for the length of their visa.
- Essential skills work visa holders can stay in New Zealand for a maximum of 3 years before a mandatory stand down of 12 months - immigration.govt has more detailed information on how long visa holders can stay.
New entrant into New Zealand
If you intend employing someone from overseas who requires a work visa, there are processes that need to be followed, and there are plenty of resources available on the immigration.govt website to help.
Existing visa holders
If you employ someone who wants to stay longer or change jobs, the immigration.govt website has all the information needed for making a change to an existing visa.
It is worth considering using a licensed immigration adviser to assist with the application process. It can save time and money by getting the application right the first time.
Advice can only be given by licensed immigration advisers, lawyers, MPs and their staff - giving unlicensed immigration advice carries significant penalties. The immigration.govt website has more information on giving immigration advice.