Consultation on employer-assisted work visas

22 January 2019


MBIE are undertaking public consultation on proposed changes announced by the Government to the employer-assisted temporary work visa system.  This consultation will inform recommendations to Cabinet on final proposals and implementation.

The proposals will impact the following six temporary work visa categories:

  • Essential Skills including the Essential Skills in Demand Lists (ESID)
  • Approval In-principle
  • Talent (Accredited Employer)
  • Work to Residence – Long-term Skill Shortage List Occupation
  • Silver Fern (Practical Experience)
  • Silver Fern (Job Search).

Consultation is open to all individuals, groups or organisations.

Factsheet for consultation on employer-assisted work visas

Published: 18 Dec 2018
This factsheet supports the consultation on the employer-assisted temporary work visa proposals.
Factsheet / Brochure
PDF, 402KB, 2 pages

Consultation paper: Employer-assisted Work Visas and Regional Workforce Planning

Published: 18 Dec 2018
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment in December 2018 undertook a consultation on proposed changes to the employer-assisted temporary work visa system and regional workforce planning. This discussion document provides a summary of the...
Consultation document
PDF, 820KB, 49 pages

Cabinet paper: A new approach to employer-assisted work visas and regional workforce planning

Published: 18 Dec 2018
This Cabinet Paper supports the consultation of the same name. It proposes improving the employer-assisted temporary work visa system and labour market tests to ensure that migrants are only recruited for genuine shortages. It also proposes to create...
Cabinet Paper
PDF, 658KB, 32 pages


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