This week NZ Immigration offered a preview of changes happening this coming Autumn that will affect those applying for Residency, and for some, reapplying for a temporary Work Visa. In their bid to refocus on the type of migrant the NZ Government wish to attract to New Zealand the first substantial shake up took place last Autumn with the announcement of more changes on the way. We now have an idea what they will be and when.
Both Residency and temporary visas are being reviewed but for the skilled worker this may be good news. Previous changes put the emphasis on a qualification leaving a good many highly experience and skilled applicants out of the equation. The changes to come may balance this.
The details are not announced but this we do know. The base annual salary to accumulate points will rise to NZD$48,859. Bonus points for a qualification in an area of skill shortage will no longer be available along with bonus points for immediate next of kin. A partner’s qualification will need to be a Level 7 to count for points. So, what are the advantages? Simply Immigration now have some points to play with and award them in a different way. Work experience, particularly those in skill level 1, 2 and 3 will increase. Applicants in their 30s are going to benefit.
Lastly Immigration have listened to the industry. Highly skilled applicants, who up until now have not fitted into an ANZCO box or are not currently listed as skilled, have had a door opened. It is recognised that these Applicants have a great deal to offer New Zealand so provision has been made to find a route subject to an annual salary starting at NZD$73,299.