Healthcare Professionals and Professionals from certain other sectors are considered critical for New Zealand.
Critical Workers can expedite their visa process considerably and will be able to enter New Zealand now, while the borders are still mostly closed.
At NZIC we have developed our high priority Accelerate Program, specifically tailored to facilitate a swift move to New Zealand for Critical Workers.
Critical Workers can find a job, obtain the necessary visa and come to New Zealand now, while the borders are still closed for most.
In response to the worldwide Covid-19 outbreak New Zealand's borders are still mainly closed to keep the deadly virus under control.
To ensure that vital services can still be provided in New Zealand and to keep our country running as smoothly as possible during the Covid-19 crisis, New Zealand is constantly monitoring and reviewing our immigration policies.
Immigration New Zealand has released a visa policy for professionals in the healthcare sector and for other professionals who are deemed crucial for New Zealand's wellbeing.
If you have the necessary professional background to be deemed a Critical Worker, you may be able to arrive in New Zealand this year.
Currently there are two Critical Worker categories, ‘Critical Health Workers’ and ‘Other Critical Workers’.
‘Critical Health Workers are registered health practitioners as set out in the health practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003’.
There is ongoing high demand for Health Workers in New Zealand.
The health system in New Zealand is largely dependent on Skilled Migrants to fill critical roles and according to the Medical Council of New Zealand more than 40% of doctors practising in New Zealand undertook their training overseas.
The Medical Council is seeing an influx of Medical Professionals processing their Professional Registration to practice in New Zealand, due to the worldwide Covid-19 outbreak and New Zealand being considered a relatively safe haven.
If you are a Medical Professional interested in working in New Zealand, send us your Free Assessment form and let us know that you might qualify for this specific process that will allow you to expedite your visa process considerably.
To qualify as an 'other critical worker', you must have an offer of skilled employment for a role that requires your unique experience and technical or specialist skillst and those skills are not readily available in New Zealand.
Holding an Essential Skills work visa does not mean that you qualify as an ‘other critical worker’.
The three categories under which you can be accepted as an 'other critical worker' are based on whether it is for a short term, long term, or an approved class of worker:
An employer requesting to hire skilled workers from outside of New Zealand must meet ‘Labour Market Test’ requirements and demonstrate that they have genuinely attempted to fill the role with New Zealanders.
Requests for short and long-term critical workers are considered on a case-by-case basis by senior Immigration New Zealand officials.
Critical Purpose Visitor Visa and Critical Purpose Variation of Conditions
INZ approval does not guarantee that visas will be granted to the migrant. Visa applicants must still submit an application, pay the application fee and any levies, and demonstrate they meet all criteria to be granted a Critical Purpose Visitor Visa or a Critical Purpose Variation of Conditions.
If you have unique experience and skills that our Immigration Advisers can prove to Immigration New Zealand are critical right now, you will benefit from our Job Search Program for Critical Workers, which actively and efficiently works toward securing the crucial offer of skilled employment.
Our Licensed Immigration Advisers would be happy to assist you and your potential employer to process your successful critical worker application that will allow you to work in New Zealand to complete the critical role.
Our Licensed Immigration Advisers will work through the policy with you and your potential employer to ensure that you can meet these requirements and deliver a strong and successful case to Immigration New Zealand.
Join us on our Immigration and Job Hunt Webinar to hear from our Principal Licensed Immigration Adviser Dr. Carsten Hallwass how you might be able to expedite your move to New Zealand as Critical Worker, by taking advantage of our highly targeted Accelerate Program.
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