Employers may request entry approval for critical workers in some classes.
Up to 300 qualified teachers in early childhood education or primary or secondary schooling will be able to travel to New Zealand.
To be included in this class exception, teachers must be either be a certificated early learning teacher or a qualified teacher and meet one of the following criteria:
The Ministry of Education will manage and prioritise the allocation and implementation of these exceptions.
Up to 50 general practice veterinarians earning at or above $85,000 per year with 3-5 years of experience across key roles in both urban and rural veterinary settings will be able to travel to New Zealand.
Vets must hold the necessary qualifications and experience for them to be licensed and registered with the Veterinary Council of New Zealand.
The Ministry of Primary Industries will work with New Zealand Veterinary Association to prioritise workers entering New Zealand under this class exception.
Workers are able to apply to bring their partners and dependent children with them under this class exception.
Up to 30 veterinarians may be nominated for assessment by the Ministry of Primary Industries. Vets must hold the necessary qualifications and experience for them to be licensed and registered with the Veterinary Council of New Zealand.
Up to 150 dairy farm managers and 50 dairy farm assistants across three groups will be able to travel to New Zealand to support for the upcoming calving season. This includes:
Assistant Dairy Farm Managers
Dairy Herd Managers
Dairy Farm Assistants
All three groups are able to apply to bring their partners and dependent children with them under this class exception.
The Ministry of Primary Industries will work with Dairy NZ and Federated Farmers to prioritise workers entering New Zealand under this class exception.
Up to 40 foreign shearers contracted by or through a New Zealand Shearers Contractor’s Association (NZSCA) employer and with more than two years’ experience will be able to travel to New Zealand to support the upcoming main shear season.
Up to 615 deepwater fishing crew can be nominated by the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI). To be eligible to be granted a 12-month visa as a border exception, the crew must be paid at least the minimum wage plus $4 per hour.
Up to 125 agricultural and horticultural mobile plant operators can be nominated for assessment by the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) for the 2021/22 season. Workers must:
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