INZ updates set to come into effect in May 2023

This May, a few changes and updates from Immigration New Zealand (INZ) announced recently are set to come into effect. Check what they are in this blog post.

This month,- May 2023 - a few changes and updates from Immigration New Zealand (INZ) announced recently will come into effect. They are:

- 32 new roles from healthcare were added to the Green List Straight to Residence (StR) pathway and eligible people may apply from 29 May 2023. The list of roles can be found here.

- Roles confirmed to be added to the Green List Work to Residence (WtR) pathway on 29 May 2023 include: Civil Construction Supervisors, Gasfitters, Drainlayers, Skilled crane operators, Skilled civil machine operators, Halal slaughterers, Skilled motor mechanics, Skilled telecommunications technicians, and Teachers.

- From 31 May 2023, partners of most Accredited Employer Work Visa holders will have conditions placed on their visa when applying for a new partnership-based work visa. They must work for an Accredited Employer and be paid at least the median wage ($29.66/hr) or the wage threshold if they work in a role covered by an un-capped sector agreement. Partners of migrants working in occupations on the Green List or paid twice the median wage will continue to have open work rights.

Also, it is expected that the new Skilled Migrant Category (SMC) settings are to be announced this month, as declared by the Immigration Minister Michael Wood on 18 April. The Government will also ensure to allow time for the current policy to continue before the new settings come into effect. Once we learn about the SMC new settings, we will share them on a new post.

If you have questions or would like to talk to a Licensed Immigration Adviser about any of these updates or visa pathways, get in touch with our Immigration team on

Disclaimer: information provided in this article is general only and it does not constitute legal advice and should not be relied upon as such. Due to the continuously evolving nature of New Zealand Immigration policies, Trinity can provide no warranty as to its accuracy, reliability or completeness, other than accuracy at the time of publication. Before taking any course of action related to this article you should make your own inquiries and seek further advice on whether it is suitable for your circumstance. Trinity Employment Services has in house Licensed Immigration Advisers who will be happy to help you with your enquiries.