New streamlined process for Essential Skills work visas

New streamlined process for Essential Skills work visa applications

The Minister of Immigration recently announced some changes to Essential Skills work visas to streamline the application process.

 

  • Any applicant for an Essential Skills work visa who has previously provided a medical, x-ray and police certificate to Immigration New Zealand, will not be required to provide a new medical, x-ray or police certificate with the Essential Skills work visa application.

 

  • Where special streamlined criteria are met, certain documents and evidence will not be required to support an Essential Skills work visa.

 

    • Applicants will not have to provide an employment agreement
    • Applicants will not have to provide evidence of their qualifications and experience
    • Employers will not have not provide evidence that there are no New Zealanders available

 

  • In order to meet the special streamlined criteria, the Essential Skills work visa applicant must be remaining in their current full-time employment (same job, same employer, same location) and they must hold:

 

    • any type of work visa; or
    • a student visa to study a Masters or PhD; or
    • a Critical Purpose visitor visa as a critical health worker; or
    • a Critical Purpose visitor visa granted for more than six months as an other critical worker.

 

These changes will result in a simpler application process for some applicants.

 

Essential Skills work visa changes

From 19 July 2021, the median wage of $27/hour will be used by Immigration New Zealand to determine whether an applicant is paid “at or above the median wage” or “below the median wage” for Essential Skills work visas. Your rate of pay is very important as it determines the duration of the work visa and also whether or not you can support your partner or child’s visa.

 

Rate of pay Duration of visa Partner Dependent Children
Median wage or above

 

$27/hour or more

 

Three years Partner is eligible to apply for an open work visa or visitor visa based on the relationship

 

Dependent child is eligible to apply for a visitor visa or student visa

 

The Essential Skills work visa holder must meet the remuneration threshold of $43,322.76pa

 

Less than the median wage

 

Less than $27/hour

 

Two years

 

Partner is eligible to apply for a visitor visa based on the relationship

 

Partner must apply for a work visa in their own right (i.e. have a job offer)

Dependent child is eligible to apply for a visitor visa or student visa

 

The Essential Skills work visa holder must meet the remuneration threshold of $43,322.76pa

 

 

If you have any questions about Essential Skills work visa requirements, contact us today!