The summary for Skilled Migrant Category Changes are below:

In summary, visas are now granted with an increased salary banding and not necessarily down to qualification, in our opinion this makes it easier for you to understand how you can qualify and, on the whole, the level of jobs that we recruit for will not be majorly affected.

Please contact us should you have any further questions regarding this.

Skilled roles that are not ANZSCO skill level 1, 2 or 3 must be paid at or above $35.24 per hour, which equates to a salary of $73,299 per year based on a 40 hour week.

The introduction of bonus points for high remuneration at or above $46.98 per hour, which equates to a salary of $97,718 per year based on a 40 hour week.

More points available for work experience, but points will only be awarded for work experience that is skilled.

Ten points will be awarded for skilled New Zealand work experience of 12 months or more, with no additional points for work experience of two years or more.

Points for recognised level 9 or 10 post-graduate qualifications (Master’s degrees and Doctorates) will increase to 70 points.

Points for people aged 30 – 39 years will increase to 30 points.

Points will only be awarded for partners’ qualifications if the qualifications are either a Bachelor’s level degree or higher, or a post-graduate (level 9 or 10) qualification.

Points will no longer be available for: employment, work experience and qualifications in identified future growth areas; points for qualifications in areas of absolute skills shortage or points for close family in New Zealand.

All applicants who meet the health, character, English and selection point requirements, but do not have either skilled employment or a higher degree gained in New Zealand will be invited to apply for a ‘job search visa’ to enable them to find ongoing skilled employment in New Zealand.

There will be greater flexibility for offshore applicants to travel to New Zealand within the 12 month validity of their ‘job search visa’.