Work Visa NZ Changes 2019

In Dec 2018 INZ introduced the Construction and Infrastructure Skill Shortage List. This list can be used to demonstrate there are no suitably qualified New Zealand citizens or residence class visa holders to undertake work in the occupations specified on the list. Applicants must meet the qualification and/or work experience requirements of the list. Good News for the construction industry and for those of you looking for visas !

Immigration have also started a process of consultation to  change their policy on various work visas including Essential Skills and Work to Residence visas. Watch this space for updates !

15 Comments to “Work Visa NZ Changes 2019”

  1. How can I apply?

    1. Hi, that depends on your circumstances, please email me with some basic details at

  2. Hello, I am a phlebotomist in Hong Kong, so I see it I shouldn’t apply working primit this year?

    1. Hi Miki, You can still apply but the employer will need to evidence that they have advertised and been unable to find suitable New Zealand workers to do the role.

  3. welder

    1. Hi welder is on Canterbury shortage list.

  4. Hi Jenny,
    I work as a contract administrator (511111) in Wellington. I applied as a walk-in since the position was not advertised but i came to know about the vacancy through word of mouth. I got the job and i meet all criteria for Permanant Residency under SMC. I have already been with the organisation for 10 months now. Will i be able to apply for residency because the position was not advertised? Does my occupation fall in the Essential Skills Demand List for which advertising isnt necessary? Please advise
    Many Thanks

    1. Hi Anna, provided your employment is consistent with the conditions on your current visa the fact it was not advertised should not be a problem. It is not on any of the skill shortage list. If you would like a full assessment please email me for a quote. Fees for an assessment would be deducted from any future fee for assisting with a visa application. Regards Jenny

  5. Hi please send me your email address. Im currently on an employer assisted visa


  6. Hi there
    Can a Florist apply for an essential work visa

    Thanks for your kind attention

    1. Hi Simon yes sure it’s a skilled role.

  7. Hi, Is telecommunication technical in ESID 2019 list?

    1. Hi Rodger – Telecommunications Technician is yes, but you have to meet the requirements of that list. Which includes NZQF level 4 qualification or above which includes the credit & knowledge required of one of the strands of the NZ certificate in telecommunications level 4. If you dont have this qualification and / or would like more assistance please email me at you might still qualify.
      Regards Jenny

  8. hi
    I am a welder. would like to discuss in detail. for future residency visa

    1. Hi I have emailed you.

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