Jun 27, 2024

Changes announced from Immigration New Zealand

This morning we were advised by INZ of a significant change affecting partners and children of lower-skilled workers. These people are no longer eligible for a visa based on their relationship with the principal applicant.

Changes apply to cases where the principal applicant is in a skill Level 4 or 5 role – bringing the rules back to those similar to the previous Essential Skills Work Visa.

The following people remain unaffected:

  • People who already have visas as a partner or dependent child of an AEWV holder.
  • Those who have already submitted a visa application and are awaiting an outcome.
  • Partners of those in Green List or Sector Agreement roles with a residence pathway.
  • Those earning at least 1.5 times the relevant median wage (currently $31.61) threshold.
  • AEWV holders in ANZSCO level 1, 2, or 3 jobs.

What should your business focus on now?

If there’s one thing we are urging employers to focuses on right now, it’s conducting a thorough review of their workforce. We are supporting a large number of employers with this at the moment as they head into the next financial year.

Workforce Reviews help you identify your skill needs, ensure you have the necessary talent to drive your business forward and help align your workforce strategy with your long-term goals.

Get in touch to find out how we can assist you with your workforce planning or submitting applications before any further changes are announced.


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