From 19 July, Immigration will extend the maximum duration of an Essential Skills Visa from 12 months to 24 months, which apply to the job paid below the median wage.

For the roles paid the median wage or above, the duration of Essential Skills visas will still be the same, which is up to three years.

Simplify application process

The Essential Skills Work Visa application process will be simplified for the applicants who remain in the same role for the same employer.

Accredited Employer Work Visa temporarily deferred

The introduction of the Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV), previously scheduled for 1 November 2021, will be temporarily deferred to the middle of next year.

Updated Skills Match Report

The updated Skills Match Report is available from 19 July 2021, changed by the Ministry of Social Development (MSD).

These changes will apply to the Essential Skills Work Visa applicants, most importantly to who were paid below the median wage.

For more details, please CONTACT IANZL Licensed Immigration Advisers.

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