Effective July 27, 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/hour) 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 July 27, 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 labor 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).

Employers who may be affected are encouraged to contact an

immigration specialist for case-specific advice.

The content of this article is intended to provide a general

guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought

about your specific circumstances.

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