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New Zealand – Introduction of Construction and Infrastructure Skill Shortage List and commencement of consultation regarding employer-assisted work visa framework

New Zealand
Written by
Kiely Thompson Caisley, New Zealand’s leading boutique employment law firm.

On 17 December 2018, Immigration New Zealand introduced a Construction and Infrastructure Skill Shortage List, which identifies occupations with labour shortages (including Civil, Structural, Electrical and Telecommunications Engineers, Carpenters, and Roading and Infrastructure Construction Project Managers/Foremen) and simplifies the visa application process for applicants wishing to enter New Zealand to work in those occupations.

On 18 December 2018, the Government commenced public consultation about proposed changes to the framework for employer-assisted temporary work visas (including Essential Skills, Talent (Accredited Employer) and Long Term Skill Shortage List categories).  The proposals aim to provide incentives for businesses to employ New Zealanders while ensuring improved availability of migrant labour in sectors and regions with genuine needs.  The Government is proposing a single enhanced pathway for employer-assisted temporary work visas.

Consultation closes on 18 March 2019.

Simon Lapthorne
Executive partner - New Zealand
Hannah King
Associate - New Zealand
Kiely Thompson Caisley