17 July, 2019
Our Licensed Immigration Adviser Luz Cu has been recently to a regular meeting with immigration NZ management in order to receive updates on the future policies from the first hands. See below her short summary of the recent changes with her comments.
Work Visa (Essential Skills and Religious Worker Categories)
The Immigration New Zealand has implemented on 13 May 2019 an increase in the minimum income of NZ$43,322.76 a year for people holding Essential Skills and Religious Worker work visas. They must earn at least NZ$43,322.76 a year if they have:
This is an increase from the previous minimum of NZ$42,944.20.
!! The above minimum income threshold is not the same as the skill-band remuneration rates for Essential Skills work visas.
Essential Skills in Demand List review 2018/19
The changes on the Essential Skills in Demand (ESID) lists has taken effect on 27 May 2019.
The ESID lists include the:
MBIE regularly reviews the ESID lists to ensure they meet the changing needs of the labour market and to preserve employment opportunities for New Zealanders.
LTSSL review outcomes
The outcomes of the LTSSL review are to:
RSSL review outcomes
The outcomes of the Immediate Skill Shortage List (now the RSSL) review are to:
CISSL review outcomes
The 2018/19 review did not include the whole CISSL, however 3 occupations have been added or amended as several construction-related occupations were submitted during the review and some were considered appropriate to be added to the CISSL.
The outcomes of the CISSL review are to:
About the ESID lists
You can find more information about the ESID lists on our website.
Work to Residence Work Visa (Accredited Employer)
Please be informed that as the moment, the Immigration New Zealand has not released any decision yet on the proposed changes on the immigration instructions for this work visa category.