The government has announced a new median wage of NZD $31.61 per hour to be implemented in the immigration system by February 2024. While it may seem like a straightforward update, the implications for both employers and migrants are far-reaching.
The government overhauled its Migrant Investor Visa category this year in a bid to attract more wealthy migrants to New Zealand.
Employers are being asked to readvertise roles because INZ is applying a blanket guideline to work visa applications due to changes to the labour force. Not all industries have been affected and there are still significant labour shortages in many industries.
Immigration New Zealand has announced that it is once again increasing the Income thresholds under the Essential Skills work visa category on 24 February 2020.
On the 19th of December 2019 Ian Lees-Galloway announced an increase to the remuneration thresholds for work and residence visas. This is yet another hurdle that has been placed in front of the hard-working migrants who are seeking to make a long-term commitment to New Zealand.