New Zealand tightens visa rules for foreign workers and families
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01.07.2024 New Zealand   16
New Zealand tightens visa rules for foreign workers and families

On June 26, 2024, New Zealand made changes to its visa rules that will affect some foreign workers and their families. The new rules aim to streamline the visa application process and better align it with the country's economic and immigration priorities.


The key change is that those with an Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) at ANZSCO skill levels 4 and 5, without a clear pathway to residence, can no longer sponsor their partners and dependent children for work, visitor or student visas in New Zealand. This adjustment brings the AEWV scheme more in line with the previous Essential Skills work visa programme.


It is important to note, however, that partners and dependent children can still apply for their own visas, such as work accredited employer visa or international student visas if they meet the relevant criteria. In addition, the new rules do not affect individuals who already hold partner or dependent visas, nor do they affect AEWV holders in ANZSCO Level 4 and 5 positions with established pathways to residence, including the Green List and industry agreements.


The New Zealand Government has also confirmed that pending child partner or dependent child visa applications will be assessed in accordance with the rules in force at the time of application, ensuring continuity of employment for those affected .


If you have already supported your family's visa application before 26 June 2024, you will still be able to sponsor a visa for your partner or dependent child under certain conditions. This includes situations where they already had a visa based on their relationship with you, or if their application for a work, visitor or student visa was considered before the rule change and was subsequently approved.


AEWV 4 or 5 holders ANZSCO skill levels earning less than NZ$47.41 per hour may still be able to sponsor a visa for their partner or dependent children. To be able to sponsor a partner on a work visa for your partner, you will need to prove that you earn at least NZ$29.66 per hour, whereas for a child on a work visit visa or student dependent child visa, you will need to provide proof of at least NZ$43,322.76 per year.


If your earnings are below NZ$29.66 per hour, you may be able to support a Partner of Worker Visitor Visa instead. In addition, you can sponsor an open-ended work visa if you earn at least NZ$59.32 per hour or if your job is on the Green List and you meet the specific requirements of the position.


These changes are part of the New Zealand government's broader efforts to streamline the visa application process and ensure it aligns with the country's economic and immigration priorities.

Source: timesofindia

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