Today the Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi announced changes pertaining to Essential Skills Work visa applications effective 19 July 2021 onwards.
From Monday 19 July, the maximum duration of Essential Skills visas, for jobs paid below the median wage, will increase from 12 months to 24 months. The duration of Essential Skills visas for jobs paid at or above the median wage will remain three years.
The above changes to requirements will apply up to the middle of next year and will make it easier for employers to retain their current migrant workforce.
Fees for the two-year Essential Skills visa will remain the same at $440, plus the Immigration Levy of $55.
The Ministry of Social Development (MSD) is changing its process for testing the New Zealand labour market to more effectively prioritise New Zealand job seekers. The updated Skills Match Report will be available 19 July 2021 onwards.
The new AEWV which was due to come into effect on 1 November 2021 will be delayed until the middle of next year.
If you have any queries or would need more clarification regarding this, please contact please contact Immigration Advisers New Zealand Ltd by sending an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on +64 09 3790219
Vandana Rai is a Senior Licensed Immigration Adviser and has built a reputation around her rare set of skills, which could be considered ideal for her legal profession.