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Old Oct 11th 2016, 3:56 am
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11 OCTOBER, 2016


Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse today announced changes to the Government’s New Zealand Residence Programme (NZRP) for the next two years.

“Migrants make a valuable contribution to New Zealand both culturally and economically, and the Government periodically reviews all our immigration settings to make sure they are working as intended,” Mr Woodhouse says.

“While we are confident our immigration settings are working well, the NZRP is reviewed every couple of years to ensure we have the right number and skill mix of people gaining residence.

“As part of that review, today I am announcing a small change to the total number of people gaining residence.

“We will also be making some changes to better manage the Skilled Migrant and Family Categories at a time when demand for gaining residence under these categories continues to grow.”

The changes include:

changing the planning range for residence approvals for the next two years to 85,000 – 95,000 (down from 90,000 – 100,000)
raising the number of points required for residence from 140 to 160 points under the Skilled Migrant Category (SMC)
reducing the number of places for the capped family categories to 2,000 per year (down from 5,500)
“Increasing the points required to gain residence from 140 to 160 will moderate the growth in applications in the Skilled Migrant Category and enable us to lower the overall number of migrants gaining residence.

“Changes to the Family Category, including temporarily closing the Parent Category to new applications, will also reduce the total number of migrants being granted residence.

“Raising the points will also prioritise access for higher-skilled SMC migrants, ensuring we strike the right balance between attracting skilled workers that allow companies to grow and managing demand in a period of strong growth.

“Today’s announcement demonstrates the Government is taking a responsible, pragmatic approach to managing immigration.”

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Evidence of standard of English speaking for principal applicant and others on the application.

https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-...h-requirements
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Two remuneration thresholds are being introduced for applicants applying for residence under the Skilled Migrant Category (SMC).

https://www.immigration.govt.nz/abou...tegory-changes

as well as changes to the temp work visa's

https://www.immigration.govt.nz/abou...-work-settings

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New threshold for Investment 2 visa.

Minimum investment amount

$1.5 million Now $3 million

https://www.immigration.govt.nz/abou...-policy-to-use
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So the new changes have been approved on 27th July and start 28th August 2017

https://www.immigration.govt.nz/abou...-work-settings

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here is the new points indicator:

https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-...ator-smc-28aug
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Changes to comparable labour market.
Some added and some taken away.

SM7.15.1 Definition: Comparable labour market
a. Work experience is assessed as being in a comparable labour market if it was undertaken in one of the
following countries by:
i. a citizen or permanent resident of that country; or
ii. a person who had the lawful authority to work in that country.
Australia Greece Macau South Africa
Austria Hong Kong Malta South Korea
Belgium Hungary Malaysia Spain
Canada Iceland New Zealand Sweden
Cyprus Ireland Netherlands Switzerland
Czech Republic Israel Norway Taiwan
Denmark Italy Poland United Kingdom
Estonia Japan Portugal United States
Finland Latvia Singapore
France Lithuania Slovak Republic
Germany Luxembourg Slovenia
b. Work experience undertaken in a country not listed at SM7.15.1 (a) above will be assessed as being in a
comparable labour market only if it was undertaken for a multinational commercial entity (including a wholly
or majority owned subsidiary of such an entity that bears the same core name as the parent company)
domiciled in one of the countries listed in (a) above.
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Academic Qualifications exempt from assessement:

https://www.immigration.govt.nz/docu...017-12-smc.pdf

Ireland see pages 95 - 103

UK see pages 170 - 186

Revised Long Term Skill shortage List Aug 28th 2017

see pages 202 onwards
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Changes on salary thresh holds as of 15th January 2018

https://www.immigration.govt.nz/abou...ion-thresholds
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Changes of occupations on the skills list Feb 2018.

The LTSSL has been amended to remove the following occupations that are no longer in
long-term shortage:
 Anaesthetist
 Forest Scientist
 Pathologist
 Petroleum Engineer
 Renal Medicine Specialist

Essential Skills in Demand List review 2017
Friday, 15 December 2017
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has completed its annual review of two of the Essential Skills in Demand (ESID) Lists – the Long Term Skill Shortage List (LTSSL) and the Immediate Skill Shortage List (ISSL).

The Ministry regularly reviews the ESID lists to ensure they meet the changing needs of the labour market, and to preserve opportunities for New Zealanders.

If an occupation is on a shortage list, work visa applications for positions in that occupation from suitably qualified and experienced migrants are not subject to an individual labour market test. A labour market test means that an employer must demonstrate that no suitable New Zealanders are available to fill or be trained for each individual position. The lists help provide certainty for employers and potential migrants, and are a useful indicator to potential migrants of skill shortages in New Zealand.

Long Term Skill Shortage List
The LTSSL identifies occupations that have an absolute (sustained and ongoing) shortage of skilled workers both globally and throughout New Zealand. Migrants who gain employment in one of these occupations may be granted a LTSSL Work to Residence or an Essential Skills work visa. Migrants applying for residence under the Skilled Migrant Category may gain bonus points towards their application if they have an offer of employment or work experience in an area of absolute skill shortage identified on the LTSSL.

The outcomes of the review of the LTSSL are to:

Remove five occupations
Anaesthetist
Forest Scientist
Pathologist
Petroleum Engineer
Renal Medicine Specialist

Retain two occupations that were included in the review
Chemical Engineer
Materials Engineer

Submissions to add four occupations (Hairdresser, Motorcycle Mechanic, Registered Nurse (Mental Health), and Sports Coach or Instructor) to the LTSSL have been declined.

Immediate Skill Shortage List
The ISSL identifies occupations that have an immediate shortage of skilled workers either throughout New Zealand or in certain regions. Migrants wishing to work in occupations on the ISSL may be granted work visas under Essential Skills instructions if they meet the specified qualifications and/or experience requirements.

The outcomes of the review of the ISSL are to:

Add 12 occupations
Accountant (General) (a)
Carpenter (b)
Carpenter and Joiner (b)
Fibrous Plasterer (b)
Joiner (b)
Midwife (b)
Motor Mechanic (General) (b)
Panelbeater (b)
Roof Plumber (c)
Roof Tiler (c)
Solid Plasterer (b)
Vehicle Painter (b)

(a) only for the Auckland/Upper North Island, Wellington and Canterbury/Upper South Island regions
(b) for all regions of New Zealand
(c) only for the Auckland/Upper North Island, Waikato/Bay of Plenty, Canterbury/Upper South Island and Otago/Southland regions

Remove five occupations
Dental Technician
Dentist
Medical Laboratory Technician (Phlebotomy and Histology Technicians)
Pharmacy Technician
Poultry Farmer
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On 1 July 2018, the minimum income requirement for Essential Skills and Religious
Worker work visa holders whose dependent children are in New Zealand on visitor or
student visas will increase to $42,944.20.


 On 1 July 2018, the guaranteed lifetime minimum income requirements under tier one of
the Parent Category will increase to $28,166 for a single applicant and $41,494 if a
partner is included (note INZ is currently not selecting expressions of interest from the
Parent Category pool).

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