Effective 24 February 2020, applications under the Residence for
Work (RFW) programme will no longer be prioritised over those under
the Skilled Migrant Category (SMC).
Applications will now only be prioritised where an applicant
requires professional registration or earns at least twice the New
Zealand median wage (currently NZD 106,080 per year).
Processing times for RFW applications are therefore likely to
increase, and temporary entry visas may need to be renewed while
the applicant is waiting for a residence decision.
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guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought
about your specific circumstances.