The words ‘Skilled Employment’ are often used for both skilled employment and relevant recognised work experience. Both words are mainly used in resident visas instructions. What’s the difference then?
What about Work (temporary) visas, offers of employment and work experience?
Skilled EmploymentSkilled employment is solely used in a resident visa context. It is used to determine if a job offer from a New Zealand employer or your current employment with a New Zealand employer is skilled.
If you meet the criteria for skilled employment you are able to claim points for it under the Skilled Migrant Category (resident visa for people with certain skills).
Immigration New Zealand uses a list of skilled occupations and standard position descriptions for these occupations. Whether or not your occupation is considered skilled is determined by your position description and the level that is assigned to the position.
There are 5 skill levels and only occupations that are level 1, 2 or 3 are considered skilled for the purposes of a resident visa. Your occupation has to be on the List of Skilled Occupations.
Your position description has to substantially match the description for that occupation (including core tasks) in the standard position description of that occupation.
Next to the criteria above employment is only considered skilled if you gained specialist, technical or management expertise obtained through:
Relevant work experience Work experience is relevant to employment if:
Recognised work experience Work experience is recognised and qualifies for points if the work experience is:
Work experience must also have been gained in a labour market that is comparable to the New Zealand labour market unless:
Work visaThere are two factors Immigration New Zealand looks at when assessing a work visa application and the offer of employment:
To assess the skill level Immigration will look at the same standard occupations as they use to determine if employment is skilled for a resident visa. For a work visa application the skill level of the occupation in the offer of employment may be any level (1, 2 ,3, 4 or 5).
In general the rule applies that the lower the level (less skilled), the more difficult it will be to obtain a work visa.
You are suitable qualified by training and experience for a particular occupation when:
There are many different types of work visa, such as Essential Skills, Silver Fern, Working Holiday, Post-graduate, Work to Residence (5 different types). Most require an offer of employment but some do not. The words ‘skilled employment’ are not used for work visa in general (not even for an Essential Skills work visa).
The words offer of Skilled Employment (as meant in Skilled Employment under resident visa) only appear in work visa instructions for a Silver Fern Practical Experience visa and the Skilled Migrant Category Job Search visa.