Immigration New Zealand (INZ) is introducing a slew of changes to existing temporary work visa settings.
The changes that will come into effect after mid-2021, include a new 3-check visa application system and a new visa that will replace six of the existing temporary work visas.
The new 3-check visa application process will be employer led, which means that before hiring a migrant on this new work visa, employers will need to:
While several questions remain unanswered, it is expected that INZ will release further information on the proposed changes in the coming weeks.
These changes are being introduced with the intention of streamlining the current work visa system, minimising the potential exploitation of migrant workers, and to ensure more employment opportunities for New Zealanders.
The 3-Check Process
Check 1: Employer check
Before hiring any migrant worker, the employer will need to apply for accreditation. This “employer check” will replace three existing employer schemes (other 3 are mentioned below):
There will be two main accreditation levels that employers can apply for:
Both levels will have their own set of criteria.
Check 2: Job check
Before hiring any migrant worker, the employer must demonstrate that the job position that needs to be filled cannot be filled by New Zealanders. Applying for this “job check” will confirm that the job pays the market rate, complies with employment laws, and the employer has done a labour market test if needed.
Check 3: Migrant worker check
This is where the migrant worker will apply for a visa. The migrant applying for the visa must fulfil the basic requirements of character, identity, and health. The migrant worker must prove that they indeed have the skills and/or qualification to fulfil the job they are aiming for. If they meet all the requirements, they will be granted a visa.
Who Are Affected (And Who Aren’t)?
This new employer-assisted work visa will replace six existing work visas:
Please note, however, that this new visa system will not affect or change other temporary work visas such as:
If you hold a work visa that is affected by these announced changes and are uncertain about your future in New Zealand or if you are planning to apply for a work visa but are unclear of the process – get in touch, we have access to a global network of immigration partners ready to help.