New immigration policy change 2017.4.19

Wednesday, 19 April 2017
The Government has announced a package of changes designed to better manage immigration and improve the labour market contribution of temporary and permanent migration.
Skilled Migrant Category (SMC) changes:
• Changes will take effect on 14 August 2017
• The changes put more focus on skilled work experience, more recognition of skill levels in the 30-39 age group and high salary levels.
• Applicants with jobs at ANZSCO skill levels 1, 2 and 3 will only be awarded points for their employment if they are paid at or above NZ$48,859 per year (or NZ$23.49 per hour).
• Applicants with jobs that are not in ANZSCO skill level 1, 2 or 3 occupations may be assessed as being in skilled employment if they are paid at or above NZ$73,299 per year (or NZ$35.24 per hour).
• Bonus points will be awarded for remuneration at or above NZ$97,718.00 per year (or NZ$46.98 per hour)
• The salary thresholds are based on information from New Zealand income data and will be reviewed annually.
• Points available for recognised level 9 or 10 post-graduate qualifications (Master’s degrees and Doctorates) will increase.
• Points will be awarded for skilled New Zealand work experience of 12 months or more. There will be no additional points for work experience of two years or more.
• Points for people aged 30 – 39 years will increase.
• Partner’s qualifications will only be awarded points if they are a recognised Bachelor’s level degree or higher or a recognised post-graduate (level 9 or higher) qualification.
• The Government has now realigned the points system to put more emphasis on characteristics associated with better outcomes for migrants.
• More points will be available for skilled work experience and some recognised post graduate qualifications, and points for age will increase for applicants aged 30-39.
• Points will no longer be available for qualifications in areas of absolute skills shortage, for employment, work experience and qualifications in Identified Future Growth Areas and for close family in New Zealand.
• Selection point may change from time to time.
• Points for the following factors will be removed:
o qualifications in an area of absolute skills shortage
o skilled employment, work experience and qualifications in Identified Future Growth Areas
o close family support in New Zealand
• More information will be available in June 2017