New Zealand authorities have determined that they will waive labour market testing requirements for companies who are employing foreign nationals that meet the following requirements:

  • The foreign national is renewing his/her temporary work visa under the Essential Skills policy, and
  • The foreign national has a valid invitation for a residency application.

It is important to note that work visa renewals applied for under this exemption will only be valid for 12 months.


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