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.

 

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