Kindly refer to the below information relating to -
Changes to the process of Skill Match Report
Changes to conditions for entry into New Zealand for some offshore visa holders and partners of NZ citizens and residents
Changes to the process of Skill Match Report
The Ministry of Social Development (MSD) has created lists of occupations and regions where there is a clear over or undersupply of New Zealanders on Job Seeker Support.
Undersupply of New Zealand job seekers
For occupations and regions where there is an undersupply of New Zealand job seekers, employers no longer need a Skills Match Report for roles paying below the national median wage, currently $25.50 an hour.
Employers can support a migrant work visa application if they can show they have genuinely and publicly advertised the role so New Zealanders looking for work are likely to have seen it.
Roles that are oversupplied
Oversupply of New Zealand job seeker
New Zealand’s immigration system is designed to ensure that New Zealanders are first in line for jobs, then enabling access to migrant workers where there is a genuine need that cannot be met.
For occupations and regions on the oversupply list, there are New Zealand job seekers on Job Seeker Support available. Employers can move straight to engaging with MSD to recruit New Zealand job seekers.
From 7 October 2020, we will not issue Skills Match Reports for roles that are oversupplied.
Retail and hospitality
Cafe worker (431211)
Commercial housekeeper (811411)
Domestic housekeeper (811412)
Fast food cook (851111)
Sales assistant (621111)
Shelf filler (891211)
Builder's labourer (821111)
Drainage, sewerage and stormwater labourer (821112)
Earthmoving labourer (821113)
Paving and surfacing labourer (821511)
Plumber's assistant (821114)
Administration and Call Centre
Admissions Clerk (542112)
Call or Contact Centre Operator (541112)
General Clerks (531111)
Hotel or Motel Receptionist (542113)
Information Officer (541211)
Medical Receptionist (542114)
Personal Assistant (521111)
Receptionist (General) (542111)
Manufacturing and Warehousing
Baking Factory Worker (831111)
Confectionery Worker (831113)
Dairy Products Maker (831114)
Food and Drink Factory Workers nec (831199)
Fruit and Vegetable Factory Worker (831115)
Grain Mill Worker (831116)
Order Clerk (591117)
Product Assembler (832211)
Stock Clerk (591115)
Sugar Mill Worker (831117)
Warehouse Adminstrator (591116)
Delivery driver (732111)
No clear oversupply or undersupply
There is no change to the process for occupations and regions that are not on either the over or undersupply lists. A Skills Match Report is still required before an employer can hire a migrant earning below the national median wage, currently $25.50 an hour.
Exceptions to the Border Entry - Essential Skills Work Visa Holder and Work to Residence Work Visa holders
Individuals applying under this border exception must:
have been living in New Zealand for at least two years (or one year in some specific cases), and
Returning to the same job they held before departing New Zealand, or continue to operate a business in New Zealand as part of entrepreneur work visa, and
have departed New Zealand on or after 1 December 2019, and
have held either:
a Work to Residence visa, or
an Essential Skills visa (assessed as mid-skilled or higher-skilled) when they departed New Zealand and does not expire before the end of 2020 or, if it is expiring before end of 2020, they must have applied for a further visa on the basis of the same job when they left that allows them to remain in New Zealand for 12 months or more before 10 August 2020.
Requests received before this new category becomes operational in October will be assessed against the criteria in place at the time we received the request.
All individuals who are granted this exception will still be required to spend 14 days in managed isolation or quarantine (MIQ).
Temporary visa holders who were ordinarily resident in New Zealand in the last 12 months and left New Zealand on or before 19 March 2020 are exempt from MIQ charges.
Any temporary visa holders who left New Zealand after 19 March 2020 will be required to pay for their MIQ.
Exceptions for relationship-based visas
INZ has resumed processing some visa applications from people who are currently not in New Zealand.
Currently processing and deciding offshore applications for some relationship-based visas, if they are supported by a New Zealand citizen or resident
Processing, but not approving, offshore applications for selected visa categories.
Relationship-based visas supported by a New Zealander
INZ is processing offshore, supported applications for the following visas:
Partnership – Visitor Partnership
Partnership – Visitor Culturally Arranged Marriage
Partnership – Work Partnership
Partnership – Resident Partnership
Partnership – Resident Partnership – Partner of an Expatriate
Dependent Child – Visitor Child of NZ cit/res
Dependent Child – Visitor Adopted child
Dependent Child – Student Child of NZ cit/res
Dependent Child – Resident Family child dependent
Dependent Child – Resident Family child dependent – Dependant of an Expatriate
If granted a visa, these visa holders will be exempt from New Zealand border restrictions. The visa holder can travel to and enter New Zealand without seeking approval from INZ and will not need to submit an Expression of Interest for an exception to travel to New Zealand.
The list above does not include General Visitor Visa applications made on the basis of a relationship that does not meet immigration partnership requirements.