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Employer-Assisted Work Visas Extended by 6 Months

As the global landscape continues to shift amidst the ongoing pandemic, New Zealand has introduced several updates to its immigration policies, aimed at supporting visa holders and addressing evolving workforce needs.

In this blog post, we’ll delve into the latest changes and what they mean for employers, workers, and migrants in New Zealand.

Visa Extensions and Stand-Down Period Postponement

Employer-assisted work visa holders, along with their partners and dependent children, whose visas are set to expire from January to July 2021, will receive an automatic six-month extension. 

Additionally, the stand-down period for low-paid Essential Skills visa holders, originally slated for enforcement, has been postponed until January 2022. This delay offers relief to those impacted by the stand-down requirement, providing them with more time to secure their immigration status in New Zealand.

Median Wage Adjustment and Working Holiday Visa Updates

Immigration New Zealand will maintain the 2019 median wage of $25.50 per hour for immigration settings until at least July 2021, after which it will increase to $27 per hour. 

This adjustment reflects ongoing economic changes and ensures alignment with prevailing wage trends. 

Moreover, Working Holiday visas will be extended for an additional six months, accompanied by relaxed restrictions on the maximum duration of work permitted. This change allows Working Holiday visa holders to continue working in any industry of their choice, including roles in horticulture and the wine sector.

Changes to Working Holiday Maker Visas

Previously, Working Holiday makers transitioning from their visa expiration onto a Supplementary Seasonal Employer work visa faced certain limitations. 

However, under the new regulations, this transition requirement has been lifted. Migrants on Working Holiday visas can now pursue alternative qualifying work or continue in the horticulture and wine sectors without the need for supplementary visas.


These recent changes to New Zealand’s immigration policies underscore the government’s commitment to supporting visa holders and ensuring a resilient workforce amid challenging times.

By staying informed and leveraging available resources, employers and migrants alike can navigate these changes with confidence and ease.

For personalized guidance and support navigating these immigration updates, get in touch with our experienced team of immigration advisors in Christchurch. 

Whether you’re an employer seeking clarity on visa extensions or a migrant exploring your options, we’re here to assist you every step of the way.