New Zealand immigration changes
Essential skills visa updates
New Zealand has made some amendments to the Essential Skills visa including the following:
- The duration of the visa has been increased to 12 months for those who earn below the average wage.
- The “stand-down” period for essential skills visa holders instructs individuals to leave New Zealand for 12 months after 3 years on the visa before applying for another lower-paid Essential Skills visa. This stand-down period has now been postponed until July 2022.
- The Essential Skills visa applications are assessed based on the average hourly wage in New Zealand. The average wage has been increased by NZ$ 2.50.
Border exceptions are being introduced in new Zealand for 3 types of dairy farmers, including:
- Dairy herd managers (up to 150)
- Dairy farm workers (up to 50)
- Veterinarians (up to 50)
- The Working Holiday visas that are due to expire between 21 June 2021- 31 December 2021 are being extended by 6 months. Visa holders must have been in New Zealand on 14 June 2021 to be eligible for the extension.
- Supplementary Seasonal Employer work visas that are expiring between 30 June 2021 – 31 December 2021 are being extended for a further 6 months.
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