Mandatory employer accreditation deferred until mid-2022
After stressing about the importance of higher paid in higher skilled roles as part of its immigration “reset” the government appears to have a temporary change of heart.
We were preparing for mandatory employer accreditation and this is still on the cards but it has been delayed until an unspecified date mid next year. It is also still unclear if 31st October 2021 is the last day to lodge Work to Residence work visa applications under the current Instructions. We understand Senior Management in Immigration New Zealand have advised there is no decision yet whether applications will be accepted after 31st October 20201.
On 16th July 2021, the Minister of Immigration Hon Kris Faafoi suddenly announced a streamlined visa process for workers who are in New Zealand and seeking to extend their current work visas. This took effect on 19th July 2021.
If you hold a current essential skills work visa and if you are applying to work for the same employer there is a new streamlined process.
No labour market check is needed
No medicals or police certificate will be required
No employment agreement will be required
No evidence required qualifications or work experience will be required
The employer will only need to provide a supplementary form