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17 July, 2019

Updates from Immigration New Zealand

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:

  • dependent children in New Zealand, and
  • their children’s visas are dependent on their parent’s work visa.

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:

  • Long Term Skill Shortage List (LTSSL)
  • the Regional Skill Shortage List (RSSL), which will replace the Immediate Skill Shortage List, and the
  • Construction and Infrastructure Skill Shortage List (CISSL).

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:

  • add Aged Care Registered Nurse
  • amend the listing ‘Construction Project Manager Roading and Infrastructure’ by extending the listing to include ‘Construction Project Manager’.
  • decline submissions to add Carpenter to the LTSSL, however it remains on the CISSL.

RSSL review outcomes

The outcomes of the Immediate Skill Shortage List (now the RSSL) review are to:

  • add Early Childhood Teacher (all regions), Primary School Teacher (all regions) and Secondary School Teacher (all regions)
  • remove Construction Project Manager Roading and Infrastructure as this is now listed on the LTSSL
  • decline submissions to add Café/Restaurant Manager, Fitter (General), Wood Machinist
  • decline submissions to amend Quantity Surveyor.

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:

  • add Building Associate
  • amend Plumber (General) to extend the listing to all regions
  • remove Stonemason for the Canterbury region – it will remain for Auckland and Northland.

About the ESID lists

You can find more information about the ESID lists on our website.

Skill Shortages – Essential Skills in Demand Lists (ESID)


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.