Some good news for businesses experiencing a labour shortage was released by NZ Immigration this week, whereby Essential Skills Work Visa holders are now able to stay in New Zealand longer.
The maximum duration of an Essential Skills visas for jobs paid below the median wage has been extended from 12 to 24 months. If the visa holder is staying in the same role the requirement for an employer to undergo a labour market test as part of the application process has been removed, and employers will no longer need to provide an employment agreement as part of the application process.
These changes will apply up to the middle of 2022.
Fees for the two-year Essential Skills visa will remain the same at $440 plus the Immigration Levy of $55. Employers are encouraged to meet these costs.
Access the Essential Skills Work Visa Application Form here.
For greater detail on the Essential Work Skills Visa, see the NZ Immigration website, here.