May 24, 2024

Immigration update – Keeping you informed with the latest changes

As always, we like to keep you informed when it comes to immigration updates. While some of these changes may not directly impact you, we believe it’s essential to keep you aware of developments, as some could potentially affect your business in the future.

Green List roles prioritised

Good news! Immigration New Zealand (INZ) has implemented a new initiative to prioritise Job Checks and Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) applications for Green List roles. This strategic move by INZ aims to expedite the fulfilment of essential skill gaps across various sectors.

When it comes to Job Checks, you may not be required to advertise Green List roles, as only a select number of roles must be advertised for up to 21 days and engagement with Work and Income.

If your workers have the qualifications, registration, or experience required on their Green List role, they may be eligible for immediate residency or after two years of working in New Zealand. Residence applications under this pathway are already prioritised. This opportunity not only facilitates talent acquisition and retention but also provides your workers a clear pathway to long-term settlement.

Franchisee Accreditation category: To be disestablished next month

Following our April newsletter, INZ has now confirmed that Franchisee accreditation category will be removed on 16 June 2024. Franchisee employers will now have the option to choose from standard, high-volume, or controlling third-party accreditations depending on needs. There are also differences in INZ application fees. For instance, the fee for standard accreditation is significantly lower compared to franchisee accreditation, which is certainly good news. We acknowledge, however, that these changes may have implications for your operations and your workforce.

Advertising requirements reduced for dairy cattle farm roles

INZ has temporarily reduced the advertising requirement for ANZSCO skill level 5 dairy cattle farm roles. If your business is applying for a Job Check for a dairy cattle farm worker (ANZSCO skill level 5) role, you can advertise this role for at least 14 days, instead of the required 21 days. This one off, shortened period applies to Job Checks submitted between 14 May 2023 and 13 July 2024 only. Aligning the job description with the ANZSCO description is crucial. Failure to do so may result in delays in INZ processing times, potentially impacting your business operations.

Our team is more than happy to guide you on your advertisement requirements, job checks, and your worker’s AEWV applications. Contact us to get started


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