New immigration rules to benefit varied professionals

New immigration rules to benefit varied professionals


Raj Pardeep Singh
Auckland, November 9, 2019

Rest home, Childcare, Customs clearance, Beauty, Accounts, Travel business and many more will benefit by the newly rules announced by immigration New Zealand (INZ).

The Department circulated an Amendment on October 29, 2019 containing updated immigration instructions related to the release of a new version of ANZSCO with some more context about the changes and information about how applications will be processed using the new instructions.

There are some occupations that would benefit because their skill level has been upgraded from 4 or 5 to 1-3.

Skills and wage advantage

Treating these occupations as exceptions allows people in these roles to get the benefit of the higher skill level, provided they are paid at least the New Zealand median income $25 per hour and minimum hours 30 per week. 

The median income is currently $25 per hour ($52,000 for a 40 hour week) but will shortly increase to $25.50 ($53,040).

The occupations treated as an exception will be available in Appendix 7 of the Operational Manual. They are listed below for reference.

All occupations listed should be treated as ANZSCO skill level 1-3 and therefore may be eligible for points for skilled employment under the Skilled Migrant Category or be assessed as mid-skilled under Essential Skills provided the applicant earns at least the New Zealand median income. 

Current Essential Skills applications with the occupations treated as an exception can be recognised as skill level 1-3 immediately provided the role pays at least the current median income $25.00 per hour, even if the application was submitted before this change.

Raj Pardeep is Principal of Legal Associates, Barristers & Solicitors based in Papatoetoe, Auckland. Email: raj@legalassociates.co.nz

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