The Talent (Accredited Employer) and Long Term Skill Shortage List Work to Residence visa categories will close on 31 October 2021.
The amended instructions allow existing Work to Residence visa holders to continue on their pathway to residence. People who have made an application on or before 31 October will have their application processed and, if approved, will also maintain a pathway to residence.
Applications for subsequent visas under these categories will remain open for people who:
· require a subsequent Work to Residence visa while they are waiting for their Residence from Work visa application to be processed, or
· had begun employment in New Zealand on one of these visas but departed New Zealand before 19 March 2020 when the borders were closed, and who return to New Zealand after 31 October 2021.
The Silver Fern Practical Experience Work Visa category will also close to applications on 31 October 2021.
Other transitional changes have also been made to ensure that visa holders and applicants are not disadvantaged by the diminishing number of employers who hold accreditation status (application for accreditation status closed earlier this year). These changes include:
· allowing Talent (Accredited Employer) Work Visa holders to have the conditions of their visa varied to work for an employer whose accreditation expired after 31 March 2021, and
· allowing an application for a Talent (Accredited Employer) Work Visa to be approved if the employer’s accreditation status expired after the application was made.
The closure to new applicants is effective 1 November 2021.
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