Following a successful trial, all low-skilled Essential Skills work visa applications lodged after 11 April 2016 must include a Skills Match Report completed by Work and Income. The Skills Match Report improves certainty for employers and visa applicants and speeds up the visa application process when no New Zealanders are available.

Previously, Immigration New Zealand contacted Work and Income after a work visa application was lodged. If Work and Income advised that New Zealanders were available, this would have a detrimental effect on the visa application processing time and often the outcome. The process did not allow for employers to be put in contact with any suitable New Zealanders identified. By enabling employers to engage with Work and Income before identifying a migrant and supporting a work visa application, employers now have the ability to consider suitable New Zealand jobseekers (if they are available) as well as certainty about the advice provided to Immigration New Zealand.
 
Low-skilled Essential Skills work visa applications will be returned without processing if a valid Skills Match Report is not included. Employers should ensure they identify the correct ANZSCO skill level and engage with Work and Income if required. Vacancies at skill levels 1-3 do not require Work and Income input.
 
Note: This does not apply in Canterbury, where employers must engage with the Canterbury Skills and Employment Hub.

(Source Beehive, Minister of Immigration)

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