The Minister of Immigration announced today that planned changes for the visa requirements of partners of temporary work visa holders have been deferred to April 2023.
These changes were initially set to come into effect in December 2022.
The Government recognises that there is a need to ensure partners are only entering higher skilled jobs. However, they want to provide certainty for migrant partners of their ability to work in New Zealand and a streamlined process for entering high skilled roles.
The Government will be looking at some adjustments to the way partner work rights will be implemented to reflect some of the feedback received from stakeholders.
More information on this will be announced in the New Year.