On 17 September 2019, Immigration New Zealand announced changes to the Talent (Accredited Employer) Work Visa, to take effect from 7 October 2019:
They are:Immigration New Zealand – Tuesday, 17 September 2019
· increasing the annual salary limit from NZD $55,000 to NZD $79,560
· removing the option to get a Permanent Resident Visa if you apply for a Talent (Accredited Employer) Resident Visa, and
· limiting the amount of time employers can be accredited to 24 months.
Increasing the minimum salary
As a migrant, the minimum salary you need to apply for a Talent (Accredited Employer) Work Visa will increase from NZD $55,000 to $79,560 a year.
The new salary applies to all Talent (Accredited Employer) Work Visa applications we receive from 7 October, regardless of when the employer became accredited.
The salary threshold was last updated in 2008. The new threshold is 150% of the current New Zealand median salary and will be updated each year in line with the median income.
The new salary is based on a 40 hour week, or NZD $38.25 per hour. If your job is for more than 40 hours a week, you must be paid at least NZD $38.25 an hour.
If your salary will be under NZD $79,560 from the 7 October, you can apply for an Essential Skills Work Visa instead.
For more information please visit www.immigration.govt.nz/about-us/media-centre/news-notifications/changes-talent-accredited-employer-work-visa