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Minimum salary thresholds to increase February 2020

Minimum salary thresholds to increase February 2020

Increase in minimum salary thresholds on 24 February 2020

Immigration has just released the long-anticipated update on the minimum salary required to be eligible under certain visa categories. These updates affect work visas under the Essential Skills category and residence applications under the Skilled Migrant Category.

If your EOI gets selected before 24 February, then the old threshold (as below) will apply.

Worth noting: for any visa application, you will also need to meet ‘market rate’, which is the rate of pay which would be required to recruit a New Zealand citizen or resident to do equivalent work.

What are the changes?

The new thresholds will come into effect for visa applications lodged on or after 24 February 2020. They do not affect applications applications submitted before that date.

Minimum salary threshold before changesMinimum salary threshold from 24 February 2020
Min. Essential Skills level 1-3

Hourly $21.25
Annum $44,200

Min. Essential Skills level 1-3

Hourly $21.68
Annum $45,095

Min. Essential Skills & Skilled Migrant residence level 4-5

Hourly $37.50
Annum $78,000

Min. Essential Skills & Skilled Migrant residence level 4-5

Hourly  $38.25
Annum $79,560

Min. Skilled Migrant residence & appendix 7

Hourly $25
Annum $52,000

Min. Skilled Migrant residence & appendix 7

Hourly $25.50
Annum  $53,040

Min. Skilled Migrant ‘high salary’ bonus points

Hourly $50
Annum $104,000

Min. Skilled Migrant ‘high salary’ bonus points

Hourly $51
Annum $106,080

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