Great news for some occupations – you may now qualify for residence. Bookkeepers, Personal Care Assistants, Teachers’ Aides, Bank Workers, Sewing Machinists and many more can now apply for residence!
Statistics New Zealand and the Australian Bureau of Statistics have completed a ‘refresh’ of the ANZSCO and includes changing the skill level of some occupations. This will be published on the ABS website from 5 November. For assessment purposes, Immigration New Zealand will not use the updated version of the ANZSCO until mid-2020. INZ will continue to use the version that we currently use, which is version 1.2.
However, occupations that have been ‘upgraded,’ i.e. have changed from skill level 4 or 5 to skill level 1-3 in the new version, will be treated as exceptions. For these occupations, they will be treated as if they are skill level 1-3 immediately, provided the role pays at least the New Zealand median income.
Which occupations are treated as an exception?
The occupations treated as an exception will be available in Appendix 7 of the Operational Manual. They are listed below for reference. All occupations listed should be treated as ANZSCO skill level 1-3 and therefore may be eligible for points for skilled employment under the Skilled Migrant Category or be assessed as mid-skilled under Essential Skills provided the applicant earns at least the New Zealand median income.
|421111 Child Care Worker
421112 Family Day Care Worker
421114 Out of School Hours Care Worker
422116 Teachers’ Aide
423411 Child or Youth Residential Care Assistant
423413 Refuge Worker
451111 Beauty Therapist
451412 Tour Guide
451612 Travel Consultant
451811 Civil Celebrant
452211 Bungy Jump Master
452212 Fishing Guide
452213 Hunting Guide
452214 Mountain or Glacier Guide
452215 Outdoor Adventure Instructor
452216 Trekking Guide
452217 Whitewater Rafting Guide
452299 Outdoor Adventure Guides nec
552111 Bank Worker
552211 Credit or Loans Officer
711211 Industrial Spraypainter
711311 Paper Products Machine Operator
711313 Sawmilling Operator
711611 Sewing Machinist
711711 Footwear Production Machine Operator
711712 Hide and Skin Processing Machine Operator
711713 Knitting Machine Operator
711714 Textile Dyeing and Finishing Machine Operator
711715 Weaving Machine Operator
711716 Yarn Carding and Spinning Machine Operator
711799 Textile and Footwear Production Machine Operators nec
|712111 Crane, Hoist or Lift Operator
712916 Paper and Pulp Mill Operator
712921 Waste Water or Water Plant Operator
721112 Logging Plant Operator
721913 Paving Plant Operator
731311 Train Driver
821711 Construction Rigger
423313 Personal Care Assistant
452311 Diving Instructor (Open Water)
591212 Import-Export Clerk
599611 Insurance Investigator
599612 Insurance Loss Adjuster
Why are INZ continuing to use ANZSCO version 1.2?
From mid-2020, ANZSCO will no longer be used to determine the skill level of employment for Essential Skills work visa applications. Instead, INZ will use a simple remuneration threshold pegged to the median wage. More information about this change can be found on our website: www.immigration.govt.nz/work-visa-changes. To provide stability to applicants and employers while INZ system transitions, INZ is continuing to use the current version of ANZSCO (version 1.2).
Why are INZ making exceptions to ANZSCO version 1.2 for some occupations?
There are some occupations that would have benefited from the new version of ANZSCO because the skill level of the occupation has been upgraded from 4 or 5 to 1-3. Treating these occupations as exceptions allows people in these roles to get the benefit of the higher skill level, provided they are paid at least the New Zealand median income.
Note: The median income is currently $25 per hour ($52,000 for a 40 hour week) but will shortly increase to $25.50 ($53,040).