Several updates have been announced by the Minister of Immigration (Minister) on 12 December 2022. This alert summarises key changes.
All employer accreditations that have been applied for by 4 July 2023, will be automatically extended for a further 12 months. For example if an employer secured accreditation on 9 July 2022 and was approved accreditation on 9 August 2022, the accreditation will now be automatically extended until 9 August 2024, instead of the accreditation expiring on 9 August 2023.
The Minister has announced that the expansion of the accreditation system will be deferred until 2024. Initially, Immigration New Zealand (INZ) and the government had indicated that Working Holiday Visa holders, partners of Accredited Employer Work Visa holders and other workers holding open work visas would only be able to work for accredited employers. This expansion has been deferred until 2024.
People who held a Post Study Work Visa but were unable to use it, due to the border closing in March 2020, will be eligible for 12-month open work visa - if they’re not already in New Zealand on another visa.
Workers granted a Critical Purpose Visitor Visa will be able to apply for a streamlined 3 year Specific Purpose work visa to allow them to be employed in the same role and with the same (or better) conditions that were approved as part on their Critical Purpose Visitor Visa application.
Several changes have been announced to the Green List:
Bus and truck drivers will have a time limited residence pathway through a sector agreement.
New Zealand Trade and Enterprise has opened applications to allow investment entities to apply for 2x (managed fund) and 3x (direct investment) weighting status. INZ have also indicated that there will be changes to policy that will be implemented. We will release a separate article and alert on these points.
There continues to be a lot of change in the immigration space. We anticipate further changes as the government will need to provide the finer details of policy to implement what has been announced.
If you need help navigating any of these changes our specialist immigration team would be happy to assist.
This information is current as at 13 December 2022.
Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any questions.