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    The Government is introducing a new temporary work policy for overseas workers to protect lower-skilled local workers and encourage the recruitment of high-skilled overseas workers. The new Essential Skills policy will replace the current General work policy from 28 July 2008, and will see applications for work permits in lower-skilled and higher-skilled occupations treated differently.

    New Essential Skills work policy.
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    Some snippets from the new policy

    How will skill level be determined?
    Skill level is primarily determined by the occupation’s placement on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO), an independent list of occupations compiled by Statistics New Zealand and the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Skill level one occupations are the highest skilled and skill level five occupations are the lowest skilled. The ANZSCO can be accessed at Australia and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations.

    What skill level specific measures are being introduced?
    There are two provisions under Essential Skills work policy which relate to specific skill levels, one for highly skilled workers and one for lower skilled workers.

    Highly Skilled
    Overseas workers applying for a visa or permit on the basis of an offer of employment for a skill level one occupation can now apply for a five year permit, provided their base salary will be above $55,000. Each person can only obtain one five year permit (but can apply for further permits to extend their stay, with those further permits granted for a maximum of three years each, providing that the need for the worker still exists).

    Lower Skilled
    Immigration New Zealand (INZ) will now seek advice from Work and Income with every application for a visa or permit for lower skilled workers (ANZSCO skill levels four and five) to find if there are unemployed New Zealanders available to take up the work. The only exception to this is where Work and Income has informed INZ of a regional labour shortage for a particular occupation or industry.

    How will this affect me? Will it be more difficult for workers from overseas to be able to work in New Zealand?
    As with General work policy, the outcome of applications to work in New Zealand will primarily depend on whether New Zealanders are available to do the work. Essential Skills work policy will not change this. As a general observation, if more New Zealanders become unemployed it is likely that fewer applications for workers from overseas will be approved.

    If you are an employer employing overseas workers for occupations considered to be lower skilled (ANZSCO skill level 4 or 5) the processing time may increase, as INZ will be seeking advice from Work and Income in every case. To speed this process up, it is recommended that employers approach Work and Income themselves to try to fill the lower skilled vacancies before offering employment to overseas workers.
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