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!

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