Work visa policy changes

Immigration New Zealand announced several key work visa changes yesterday.

  1. Automatic extension of some work visas: Those in New Zealand holding an employer assisted work visa (including an Essential Skills work visa) on 10 July 2020 which is due to expire before 31 December 2020 will have their visa automatically extended by 6 months.
  2. Duration of lower skilled work visas reduced: The duration of new lower skilled/lower paid Essential Skills work visas will be reduced to 6 months from 10 July 2020.
  3. Remuneration used to assess work visas: From 27 July 2020 Immigration New Zealand will no longer rely on ANZSCO to assess work visa applications. From 27 July 2020 Immigration New Zealand will use a remuneration threshold ($25.50/hour) to determine whether a Skills Match Report is required for a work visa and to determine the duration of the work visa.
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