New Zealand’s immigration settings have seen several notable changes in recent months, applying to visa applicants and New Zealand employers alike. Here are the notable updates in Immigration to date:
Several changes are anticipated for Accredited Employer Work Visas (AEWV) starting from 27 November 2023:
There are similar changes for those applicants under the Care Workforce Sector Agreement earning below the median wage. The duration of their AEWVs extends from 2 to 3 years for relevant visas approved from 27 November 2023.
Interim Visas are frequently issued to migrants awaiting temporary visa outcomes, but typically not for residence applications alone. Beginning on 09 October 2023, a unique Skilled Migrant Category Interim Visa will maintain applicants’ legal status during the assessment of Skilled Migrant Category resident visas.
The introduction of this Skilled Migrant Category Interim Visa will coincide with the introduction of a simplified points system for the Skilled Migrant Category as a whole. Stay tuned for more detailed information from Wakefields Lawyers on the revised points system.
There are also further adjustments to the conditions of Interim Visas issued to await temporary visa outcomes from 11 August 2023 onwards. We recommend applicants check these carefully to avoid inadvertently breaching these conditions.
The AEWV scheme has received significant media scrutiny in recent weeks in relation to claims that the new system is blind to migrant exploitation. While we expect there may be some reactionary tightening of the scheme, at Wakefields Lawyers we continue to emphasise the fundamental importance that accredited employers be conscious of their obligations, both under employment law and specifically under the terms of their accreditation with Immigration New Zealand.
For assistance in understanding your visa’s conditions, and your employer obligations, or in making an application, don’t hesitate to consult Wakefields lawyers. We understand that keeping up with the changes in New Zealand’s immigration settings, and successfully completing visa applications can be a daunting process. Contact the friendly team at Wakefields Lawyers today on (04) 970 3600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
– Billy Hansen (Solicitor)