Workers in healthcare, maritime and some other sectors are considered crucial for New Zealand.
To ensure that critical services can be provided in New Zealand and to support New Zealand employers who are experiencing difficulties with filling their job openings, New Zealand is inviting these critical workers to enter the country.
At NZIC we offer our high priority Accelerate Program to Critical Workers in order to help you to secure the crucial offer of skilled employment and meet Immigration New Zealand’s policy requirements to enter the country now as a Critical Worker.
Join us on our next Webinar where our Lead Licensed Immigration Adviser will explain the Critical Worker definitions and process in further detail.
Immigration New Zealand are constantly reviewing and updating policy in response to the Covid-19 situation worldwide in order to determine which skilled workers can enter New Zealand at this time.
Currently there are two Critical Worker categories, ‘Critical Health Workers’ and ‘Other Critical Workers’. If you have the necessary professional background to be deemed a Critical Worker, you may be able to arrive in New Zealand this year.
‘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. More than 40% of doctors practising in New Zealand undertook their training overseas, according to the Medical Council of New Zealand.
At present there is a large wave of health workers looking to escape to New Zealand due to the Covid-19 situation worldwide. The Medical Council is seeing an influx of Medical Professionals processing their Professional Registration to practice in New Zealand.
If you are a Medical Professional interested in working in New Zealand, contact us now to take part in our high priority Accelerate Program, and speed up your migration process!
To qualify as an 'other critical worker', you must have an offer of skilled employment for a role that needs your unique experience and technical or specialist skills (that are not readily obtainable in New Zealand.)
Holding an Essential Skills work visa is not enough to qualify as an ‘other critical worker’.
There are three ways to become an 'other critical worker', based on whether it is for a short term, long term, or an approved class of worker. You can find details of each of these categories below:
An employer requesting to hire skilled workers from outside of New Zealand must also still meet ‘Labour Market Test’ requirements by Immigration New Zealand and genuinely attempt to fill the role with New Zealanders.
Those requests for short and long-term critical workers are considered on a case-by-case basis by senior Immigration New Zealand officials.
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 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.
Contact us now to see if you could qualify for our Accelerate Program and find a critical role in New Zealand!
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