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Changes to the Talent (Accredited Employer) Work Visa

Changes to the Talent (Accredited Employer) Work Visa

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:
· 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.

Immigration New Zealand – Tuesday, 17 September 2019

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