Essential Skills work visa requirements

Over the last few weeks there have been a number of changes to temporary entry policy. Currently, when applying for an Essential Skills work visa the rate of pay offered will determine the duration of the visa, the labour market test requirements and whether or not the Essential Skills work visa holder can support their partner and children for visas. The table below summarises the current requirements.

Some other key points:

  • All Essential Skills work visas will be issued for six months or three years. It is no longer possible to be issued a five year Essential Skills work visa.
  • ANZSCO will still be used to determine whether or not the visa applicant is suitably qualified or experienced to do the job.
  • The New Zealand borders are still closed and INZ is not processing any visa applications for those outside of New Zealand.

If you would like assistance with a temporary visa, contact us today –

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