Consultation

Proposed Changes to the Essential Skills Visa

The Government is making a number of changes to our permanent and temporary immigration settings aimed at managing the number and improving the quality of migrants coming to New Zealand. It is proposing a number of changes to temporary migration settings to manage the number and settlement expectations of new migrants coming to New Zealand on Essential Skills work visas. Proposed changes include:

  • The introduction of remuneration bands to determine the skill level of an Essential Skills visa holders
  • A maximum duration of three years for lower-skilled and lower-paid Essential Skills visa holders, after which a minimum stand down period will apply before they are eligible for another lower-skilled temporary work visa.
  • Aligning the ability of Essential Skills visa holders to bring their children and partners to New Zealand with the new skill levels.
  • Exploring which occupations have a seasonal nature and ensuring that the length of the visa aligns with peak labour demand.

A transition period is proposed so that current ES visa holders will not be adversely affected. The consultation document can be fund here

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