The Government recently announced changes to the Skilled Migrant and Essential Skills policies, aimed at striking the right balance between ensuring New Zealanders are at the front of the queue for jobs while preserving access to the temporary migrant skills necessary for New Zealand’s continued economic growth.
The Skilled Migrant category allows for the grant of a resident visa to people with the skills and experience to contribute to New Zealand’s economic growth.
Changes to this category include:
The Essential Skills category is a temporary work visa category designed to allow employers to recruit overseas workers where shortages mean that no suitable New Zealanders are available or trainable. Changes to this category aim to manage the settlement expectations of overseas workers by:
Changes that extend the period of accreditation under the Accredited Employer policy have also been announced.
Read about changes to the Accredited Employer policy
Detailed information about the Skilled Migrant and Essential Skills changes is now available below, including immigration instructions and frequently asked questions.
View the skilled migrant detailed changes here.
View the essential Skills detailed changes here.