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.