- Skilled Migrant Residence Visa Eligibility Criteria Restricted
- November 8, 2016
- Law Firm: Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP - New York Office
The Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa eligibility criteria has been restricted, according to an announcement by the Minister of Immigration. The points threshold for selection has been increased from 140 to 160 (regardless of whether an applicant has a job offer) and some applicants must now complete formal tests to prove their knowledge of the English language.
All other policies, including work and work-to-residence visas, remain unchanged.
Employees who are no longer able to qualify for the Skilled Migrant Category may be able to apply for a temporary work visa or work-to-residence visa. Depending on the role, the employer may need to conduct a labor market test.
What This Means for Employers and Foreign Nationals
Foreign nationals with a pending Expression of Interest or Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa application should contact their immigration professional as Immigration New Zealand will be contacting such applicants to request more information in the next few days.