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NEW ZEALAND: No More ANZSCO for Essential Skills Work Visa Skill Level Assessment

Effective 27 July 2020, the Australia and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) will no longer be used to assess the skill level of jobs for essential skills work visas.

Immigration New Zealand (INZ) will instead use a simple remuneration threshold to determine whether a job is ‘high’ or ‘low’ paid. Work visa applications for jobs that are paid below the median wage (currently $25.50) will need to include a Skills Match Report (SMR) from the Ministry of Social Development, going forward. These low-paid visa holders will also need to spend 12 months outside of New Zealand after holding a low paid visa for 3 years. This is the same rule that is currently applies to lower-skilled work visa holders.

Last year, INZ confirmed that the duration of an essential skills work visa would be determined by the region an individual is working in and whether they are paid above or below the median wage. This is also expected to be implemented from 27 July, with modifications to take into account the temporarily reduced visa duration for low-paid workers. Advertising may also be required for high paid workers in all regions, given the unique labour market conditions caused by COVID-19.

ANZSCO will continue to be used:

  • To assess Skilled Migrant residence visa applications;
  • To ensure that the rate of pay for a position is not less than market rate; and
  • To assess whether applicants are suitably qualified for the position (i.e. medical degree and professional registration for a medical doctor).

Our Advice

Employers who may be affected are encouraged to contact a Newland Chase immigration specialist for case-specific advice.

For general advice and information on immigration and business travel to New Zealand, please contact us.

DISCLAIMER: The information contained in this immigration alert has been abridged from laws, court decisions, and administrative rulings and should not be construed or relied upon as legal advice. If you have specific questions regarding the applicability of this information, please contact Peregrine © 2019 Peregrine Immigration Management Ltd.