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To reflect particularly strong growth in the tourism industry in the Queenstown region, the Ministers of Tourism and Immigration have agreed to temporarily waive the labour market test requirement under the Essential Skills work visa policy for certain occupations. The labour market test requires that an employer makes genuine attempts to fill a vacancy and that there is a shortage of New Zealanders available to take up the role. The waiver will be in place until 30 June 2015.

The labour market test has been removed for visa applications to work in occupations that are

  • Skill level 1 -3 occupations on the Australia and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) or
  • on the Ministry of Social Development’s Queenstown 2014/15 Labour Market Check exemption list:


Duty Managers
Food and Beverage
Restaurant Supervisors
Assistant Managers
Chinese Market Coordinators/TourGuides
Tandem Pilots/Raft Guides
Tourist Guides
Activities Coordinator
Senior Activities Coordinator
Guest Service Agents
Boat Hosts
Jump Masters
Gondola Shift Leaders


Work visa applicants for these occupations will not have to provide evidence from their potential employer of demonstrating genuine attempts to fill the vacancy with a New Zealander.

Work visa applications not covered by the waiver


ANZSCO Skill level 4-5 occupations that are not on the Ministry of Social Development’s exemption list are still subject to a labour market test. Employers are required to list vacancies with Work and Income before submitting work visa applications.

Remember, if you have received a letter from INZ about your visa application or think your visa may be declined or expire soon – the time to act is NOW. Call us on 0800 967 584 to you’re your FREE consultation. Our service is strictly confidential and we can guide you to take the right steps to avoid mistakes and put forward a strong case.

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Jig Patel