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Immigration New Zealand have announced that there are 44 occupations that will now be considered skilled (mid-skilled for work visas), even though they are currently listed as skill level 4 and normally considered low-skilled. These occupations will now be considered mid-skilled if the employment meets the median salary threshold of $25.00/hour (current median).

This means any applicant who fits into one of these categories can be eligible for a mid-skilled, 3 year visa and can use their job for points in residency if they meet the wage threshold.

Who is now eligible?

The upgraded occupations include Personal Care Workers, Crane, Hoist and Lift Operators, Book Keepers, Tour Guides, Train Drivers and Beauty Therapists. The full list can be found below.

List of Added Eligible Occupations

  • 421111 Child Care Worker
  • 421112 Family Day Care Worker
  • 421114 Out of School Hours Care Worker
  • 422116 Teachers’ Aide
  • 423411 Child or Youth Residential Care Assistant
  • 423413 Refuge Worker
  • 451111 Beauty Therapist
  • 451412 Tour Guide
  • 451612 Travel Consultant
  • 451811 Civil Celebrant
  • 452211 Bungy Jump Master
  • 452212 Fishing Guide
  • 452213 Hunting Guide
  • 452214 Mountain or Glacier Guide
  • 452215 Outdoor Adventure Instructor
  • 452216 Trekking Guide
  • 452217 Whitewater Rafting Guide
  • 452299 Outdoor Adventure Guides nec
  • 551211 Bookkeeper
  • 552111 Bank Worker
  • 552211 Credit or Loans Officer
  • 711211 Industrial Spraypainter
  • 711311 Paper Products Machine Operator
  • 711313 Sawmilling Operator
  • 711611 Sewing Machinist
  • 711711 Footwear Production Machine Operator
  • 711712 Hide and Skin Processing Machine Operator
  • 711713 Knitting Machine Operator
  • 711714 Textile Dyeing and Finishing Machine Operator
  • 711715 Weaving Machine Operator
  • 711716 Yarn Carding and Spinning Machine Operator
  • 711799 Textile and Footwear Production Machine Operators nec
  • 712111 Crane, Hoist or Lift Operator
  • 712916 Paper and Pulp Mill Operator
  • 712921 Waste Water or Water Plant Operator
  • 721112 Logging Plant Operator
  • 721913 Paving Plant Operator
  • 731311 Train Driver
  • 821711 Construction Rigger
  • 423313 Personal Care Assistant
  • 452311 Diving Instructor (Open Water)
  • 591212 Import-Export Clerk
  • 599611 Insurance Investigator
  • 599612 Insurance Loss Adjuster

Note that these are not all the occupations eligible for residence and skilled visas but are the previously low-skilled occupations that have been added.

When do these changes come into effect?

The changes are immediate, which means anyone who fits the requirements can apply for a work visa or a resident visa right now. Anyone with a work visa currently in processing is also now eligible. The changes come after the Australia New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) released an updated manual recently with several changes. INZ have decided not to observe the new version 1.3 of ANZSCO, because they intend to remove ANZSCO completely form their consideration in mid-2020. However INZ have opted to introduce the specific changes above, allowing a select group of applicants to be eligible for mid skilled visas and residency if their salary is above the New Zealand median wage.

Further Notes

Note that this is just an addition to occupations eligible and this post does not cover all occupations or other requirements.

You must have a job offer in New Zealand in the occupation for work visa (with the eligible salary) and in most cases also for residence under Skilled Migration.

For essential skills work visas, the employer will also need to show that there are no suitable New Zealand citizens/residents available.

Residence under Skilled Migration may also require qualification and a certain number of years’ experience (to meet the points) as well as meeting English requirements to qualify.

How can I see if I am eligible?

To assess eligibility for a mid skilled visa or residency under this policy change, or if your occupation is already eligible, please contact us by entering your details here.