Study Abroad: New Zealand Raises Visa Requirements for Foreign Job Seekers

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Study Abroad New Zealand Raises Visa Requirements for Foreign Job Seekers

After Australia and Canada, New Zealand has also raised the requirements for foreign job seekers. With this move, the New Zealand government aims to control the unsuitable migration into the country.


These new guidelines will include the introduction of English Language Proficiency, work experience, and skill criteria. The duration of stay for work visa candidates will also increase from 3 to 5 years.

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These new changes were introduced on Sunday by Immigration Minister of New Zealand Erica Stanford to the accredited employer work visa (AEWV). In a statement, she said that the government is focused on attracting and retaining highly skilled migrants. Additionally, the government has also decided to add 11 roles to the Green List such as welders, fitters and turners. 

Study Abroad: New Zealand Raises Visa Requirements for Foreign Job Seekers

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Key Changes to New Zealand Visa Requirements for Foreign Workers

Check below the list of changes added to visa requirements for foreign job seekers:

  • The introduction of English language requirements for migrants applying for low-skilled roles at levels 4 and 5
  • The maximum continuous stay will be reduced from 5 to 3 years
  • The category of franchise accreditation will also be disbanded and the businesses will be required to follow standard, high-volume, or triangular employment accreditation processes to hire overseas workers
  • The new rules may inevitably make it harder for Indians but migrants will benefit from this who want to come and work in New Zealand

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