From 19 July 2021, Work Visas under Essential Skills will be using $27 per hour as the median wage. This new median wage will dictate the maximum duration that a work visa can be issued for and also impacts whether or not the applicant will be subject to a stand-down period.
A work visa is granted for the duration of the employment offer, or up to a maximum of:
*A stand-down period applies to the applicants that are earning under the median wage. They will only be granted a 12-month visa up to a maximum period of 3 years (except for health care workers who get a maximum period of 4 years). i.e. when they have had three 12-month work visas and a maximum of 3 years in total they will be subject to a stand-down period outside of New Zealand for 12 months.
The policy for Residence under the Skilled Migrant Category has also been affected by the increased median wage. The following changes will take effect from 19 July 2021:
An applicant can claim bonus points for high remuneration if they are earning $54 per hour or above (or the equivalent annual salary).
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