In December, the Government declared that certain professions would be included in the Green List and that a deal would be formed within the transport sector to offer a two-year work-to-residence option for to critical transport occupations.
The detailed settings and eligibility requirements for these occupations are now available and they have been formulated in collaboration with with key sector bodies, unions and government agencies.
Median wage exemption for bus drivers
Employers will have a median wage exemption set at $28 an hour when hiring bus drivers for an eligible role on an Accredited Employer Work Visa. This exemption takes effect immediately.
To be eligible, the role must either:
Interim Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) job check application approach
Due to system constraints, associated transport sector changes to the online AEWV job check application form will not come in effect until 29 May 2023. In the interim please note the following:
When completing the AEWV Job Check application form and entering $28 into the ‘minimum hourly rate of pay’ field, a ‘below the median wage’ warning will pop up. This warning should be ignored, and the rest of the form completed. The user will not be stopped from completing or submitting the form. If an amount less than $28 is entered the job check application is unlikely to be approved.
Transport sector agreement residence applications open later this year
The transport sector agreement provides a two-year work to residence pathway for people working in the following occupations:
Detailed eligibility criteria for each occupation are available on the Immigration New Zealand (INZ) website.
Eligible migrants will be able to apply for residence from 29 September 2023 if they have completed their two years of New Zealand work experience and they meet the other eligibility requirements.
More occupations added to Green List
More nationally significant, skilled and skills shortage occupations have been added to the work to residence Green List pathway and will open on 29 May 2023.
The full list of occupations added to the Green List work to residence pathway, and detailed eligibility criteria, can be found on the INZ website.
Source: INZ website