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Changes to New Zealand immigration policies have now come into effect

September 20, 2017

A notice prepared with Ernst & Young Limited, a Licensed Immigration Advisory Service. 


Changes to the Essential Skills, Skilled Migrant and Accredited employer policies have now come into effect.     


Set remuneration levels are now determinant of success under both the Essential Skills (temporary work visas) and Skilled Migrant Category (residence visas) policies.   


Skill bands will also now set the duration of a visa issued under the Essential skills policy. 


Using wages as a proxy for skill is intended to encourage the attraction, selection and retention of higher-skilled migrants.


Employers who utilise lower-skilled labour may find it more difficult to retain migrant staff.


MBIE has also unveiled new Accredited Employer instructions which will allow employers to benefit from longer renewal periods, albeit with increased scrutiny of employment practices. Accredited employers will need to maintain a high standard of employer compliance to access overseas labour.


In light of the changes, please consider the following: