My employer and I have just received an email from Immigration New Zealand about my Essential Skills Work Visa – help! 

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12 June 2020– My employer and I have just received an email from Immigration New Zealand about my Essential Skills Work Visa – help! 

My Employer received an email about my Essential Skills Work Visa application is this normal? 

Yes and no.  

Immigration New Zealand will often check to see whether offers of employment are genuine, whether the pay is correct or whether proper advertising has been done when an Essential Skills or other work visa has been applied for.  

Why now? Why me? 

After Covid-19 there has been significant change to the Labour market. With higher levels of unemployment and therefore more New Zealanders are available for more roles – there should be less need for temporary work visa holders.  

As per Immigration New Zealand’s new directive – Employers are now being asked if the vacancies (even those applied for before the Covid-19 lockdown) are still genuine and whether any redundancies have happened recently. (see https://www.immigration.govt.nz/about-us/covid-19/covid-19-information-for-employers) 

The idea is that further checks are required to see if there is still need for temporary work visa holders. 

 

But my employer advertised or got a Skills Match Report from Work and Income? 

It doesn’t matter – Immigration New Zealand are still asking.  

What can I or my employer do? 

A response will be required from your employer and you. 

The two things you need to do are:

  1. Don’t wait!
  2. Get advice – Contact IdesiLegal!

 

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