Arguably the most sought after type work visa, New Zealand Essential Skills Work Visa is for skilled professionals, qualified by training or experience. Their remuneration should meet a certain threshold and their employer has genuinely and unsuccessfully tried to fill the position with locals through advertising in media or seeking help from Work and Income, the government agency responsible for aiding people in their job search.
The complexity of the application routine warrants scrupulous attention to detail, as one has to take into account multiple factors. Our expert advice is just one mouse click away – do not disparage the importance of making it right from the outset, book your free consultation with immigration professionals now.
Essential Skills Work Visas will usually allow their holders to work for a specific employer, at a certain position and at a certain place. If any of these conditions are to change, the visa holder should either apply for a variation of conditions, or a new work visa.
There are 2 tiers currently in use by INZ to assess the skills of an applicant. The demarcation line between the two is drawn at the current New Zealand median wage ($27 per hour). Then, there are those paid at or above the wage, and those paid below.
Immigration New Zealand will use hours of work as set out in the employment agreement. If salary-based, the annual salary will be divided by 52 weeks and subsequently by the number of hours worked each week.
E.g. $58000 (annual salary) ÷ 52 (weeks) ÷ 40 (hours worked per week) = $27.88 / hour
The effect the remuneration has on the visa is multiple, though it does not make your prospective visa either superior or inferior.
|Paid at or above $27||Paid below $27|
|Maximum duration currently|
|Stand-down period*||N/A||After maximum of 3 years on a work visa, a stand-down period of 12 consecutive months will apply.|
|Visas for family|
|You are…||Paid at or above $27||Paid below $27|
|Partners||Work or Visitor visa||Visitor Visa|
|Children||Student or Visitor visa||Student or Visitor visa|
It is your future boss who would need to stand by you all the time. They would provide clarification of your prospective job duties, if required, and attest to your skills that match them best. The employers, whose role can hardly be overestimated, will also need to complete paperwork in support of your application. Should the need arise, they will interact with INZ and Work and Income, who will issue a Skills Match Report.
At New Shores Migration we pride ourselves on providing ongoing support to essential skills work visa applicants by clarifying to their employers what they should do to secure the desired skilled staff for their company. You can book your free 30-minute consultation today to talk to us about your demands and we will get back to you with our estimate of your chances for a successful outcome.