Immigration New Zealand have announced that a new employer-led work visa will be introduced in the second half of 2021. This will replace six streams of work visas, including the accredited employer policy as it currently stands.
The new process for employer-assisted work visas will involve 3 steps via a new online application platform.
When employers are seeking to obtain a visa for a potential candidate or employee, the following three steps will need to be undertaken:
Changes to the existing visa work streams
This six visa work streams that will be replaced are:
Any current visas held under the above are not impacted and remain valid until their expiry. Other work visas will not be impacted by these changes.
If you are an accredited employer and need to renew your accreditation or you are considering applying for accredited status, we recommend that you proceed as normal under the existing rules.
Until the changes take place we will continue preparing and processing work visas under existing visa categories. The above change comes into effect in the second half of 2021.
There have been so many changes to immigration policy in the last few months - it has been challenging keeping up. We hear from so many employers who have questions on what their obligations are, how they can help their employees understand and navigate the changes to policy, and most importantly how they will be able to employ visa holders in the future.
Our team are here to help – please feel free to contact Caren Donald and our team on firstname.lastname@example.org