Immigration news update for New Zealand & EMEA regions: April 2023
New Zealand: Changes to partner work visas
As of May 31, 2023, migrant workers eligible for the Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) can continue to support their partners for the partnership-based work visas. In the past this has been an ‘open work visa’ which allowed partners to work in any role, at any rate and on a fixed or part time basis. Moving forward, these visas will be subject to the following conditions:
- Partnership-based work visa holders must work for an Accredited Employer and be paid at least the median wage ($29.66 per hour)
- Holders of these visas can change employers, however, any employer will need to be accredited
- Those who work in a role covered by an un-capped sector agreement can be paid less than the median; however, must be paid the wage threshold for their role
It is important to note that where the AEWV holder is eligible for the Green List role or is paid at least twice the median wage, mentioned conditions will not apply to their partners. In this case, partners will continue to receive the open work visas, allowing them to work in any role for any employer.
This summary was prepared using information obtained from Immigration New Zealand
Disclaimer: The above information is provided for general information purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. If you have any further inquiries regarding the applicability of this information, please contact Debbie Beynon (Regional Immigration Manager, APAC).
Europe, Middle East and Africa
Qatar: Online service for work permit is launched
The Ministry of Labour has announced new online services where it is possible to apply, renew or cancel a work visa or a Labour recruitment approval.
This summary was prepared using information obtained from the Ministry of Labour.
United Kingdom: Update on COVID-19 testing for entry from China
Effective April 04, 2023, the restrictions for passengers travelling from mainland China to England will be lifted and proof of a negative test will be no longer required before travel.
Before this date, the original rules still apply and it is necessary to provide a negative COVID-19 test result, not older than two days prior to the travel date. Closer to April 04, it is advised to check requirements with the passenger’s airline.
This summary was prepared using information obtained from the GOV.UK
Disclaimer: The above information is provided for general information purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. If you have any further inquiries regarding the applicability of this information, please contact Roberta Carnaccini (Global Operations Director, Immigration) or Sabrina Crespo (EMEA Team Lead).
For more detailed information about the changes and how they might impact your people, connect with our team of fully licensed advisers by contacting Crown World Mobility at [email protected]
This summary was prepared using information obtained from INZ. Information is subject to change without notice.