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    Can you please provide your insights into this

    SMC lodged: Nov 2019

    Current points 180. (no skill shortage points)

    Planning to move to Auckland, points would be 160. (skill shortage points)

    What would be the process if I wanted to take up the job in Auckland. And how do I submit revised points, evidence and documents.?

    Would it be worth the effort?

    Cheers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kelerei View Post
    The operational manual is a bit vague around this; SM7.30(b)(ii) is the only mention around this that I can find, and merely states that the work experience must "meet the specifications for that occupation". That said, if one takes a strict interpretation of that, I suspect that your assumption is likely correct (technically speaking, any work experience prior to meeting the skills shortage list requirements isn't "meeting the specifications for that occupation" as far as the skills shortage list in question is concerned). Would need one of the forum LIAs to definitively answer though: this is an educated guess on my part and may or may not reflect how INZ sees things.
    This is exactly what I thought as well. But because of how vague the operational manual is about this, I wanted to check if someone can confirm this.

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    Edit: double post.
    Last edited by Yanco; 24th February 2020 at 02:01 PM.

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    https://www.immigration.govt.nz/abou...zp92esXJHA0XCU


    INZ is making changes to how we prioritise some resident visa applications

    On 24 February 2020, we are making changes to the allocation of Skilled Migrant Category and Residence from Work Category applications. We will continue to prioritise people with occupational registration and those earning twice the median wage (currently NZD $51 an hour and NZD $106,080 a year). However, applicants for Talent (Accredited Employer) Resident Visas will no longer be prioritised.

    https://www.immigration.govt.nz/abou...for-applicants

    SMC and RFW prioritisation information for applicants

    We are making changes to how we process Skilled Migrant Category and Residence from Work Category applications to make the prioritisation process more transparent, and to ensure non-priority applications continue to be assessed.

    Why we are changing the process

    Since mid-2018, we have prioritised allocation of Skilled Migrant Category (SMC) and Residence from Work (RFW) applications where the principal applicant:

    - works in an occupation requiring registration
    - earned at least twice the median wage, or
    - applied for a Talent (Accredited Employer) Resident Visa

    Allocation is when an application is given to an immigration officer officer to assess. After we receive an application, the application usually waits in a queue until an immigration officer is available to assess it.

    Over the past 18 months we have received a large number of SMC and RfW applications. This has resulted in an increase in visa processing times as applications take longer to be allocated to an immigration officer for assessment. For example, in the 3 months to 1 February 2019, 90 percent of SMC applications were completed within 9 months. In the 3 months to 1 February 2020, 90% of SMC applications were completed within 15 months.

    Recently we have received enough applications that meet the priority criteria, that other applications were no longer being allocated.

    Who will be prioritised
    INZ will continue to prioritise people with occupational registration and those earning twice the median wage (currently NZD $51 per hour and NZD $106,080 per year). Due to the volume of applications, from Monday 24 February 2020 applicants under the Talent (Accredited Employer) resident visa category will no longer be prioritised, unless they are either highly paid, or in an occupation requiring registration.

    What this means for SMC and RFW applicants

    This decision means we will:

    - be able to resume allocating applications from the general queue (that do not meet the priority criteria)
    - process the same number of resident visa applications as in previous years
    - continue to prioritise people with occupational registration and those earning twice the median wage (currently NZD $51 an hour or NZD $106,080 a year)
    - no longer prioritise applicants for Talent (Accredited Employer) Resident Visas unless they are either highly paid, or in an occupation requiring registration.

    Applicants for SMC and RfW visas who are in New Zealand must remain on valid temporary visas while their resident visas are being processed. For some resident visa applicants this means you must apply for a further temporary visa while your resident visa is either queued, or being actively assessed by an immigration officer.

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    I don't understand how this "change" will speed up processing of applications that do not meet the prioritisation criteria, can someone please explain? Isn't this exactly the same they've been doing since June 2019 (behind the scenes), but are now only communicating publicly about it?

    Is the not prioritisation of work to resident visas really going to move the normal SMC queue?

    It's funny they now announce they are finally able to "resume" allocating applications that do not meet priority criteria while they've been saying for almost a year already that they were still doing this.
    Last edited by Yanco; 24th February 2020 at 04:52 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by allune View Post
    https://www.immigration.govt.nz/abou...zp92esXJHA0XCU


    INZ is making changes to how we prioritise some resident visa applications

    On 24 February 2020, we are making changes to the allocation of Skilled Migrant Category and Residence from Work Category applications. We will continue to prioritise people with occupational registration and those earning twice the median wage (currently NZD $51 an hour and NZD $106,080 a year). However, applicants for Talent (Accredited Employer) Resident Visas will no longer be prioritised.

    https://www.immigration.govt.nz/abou...for-applicants

    SMC and RFW prioritisation information for applicants

    We are making changes to how we process Skilled Migrant Category and Residence from Work Category applications to make the prioritisation process more transparent, and to ensure non-priority applications continue to be assessed.

    Why we are changing the process

    Since mid-2018, we have prioritised allocation of Skilled Migrant Category (SMC) and Residence from Work (RFW) applications where the principal applicant:

    - works in an occupation requiring registration
    - earned at least twice the median wage, or
    - applied for a Talent (Accredited Employer) Resident Visa

    Allocation is when an application is given to an immigration officer officer to assess. After we receive an application, the application usually waits in a queue until an immigration officer is available to assess it.

    Over the past 18 months we have received a large number of SMC and RfW applications. This has resulted in an increase in visa processing times as applications take longer to be allocated to an immigration officer for assessment. For example, in the 3 months to 1 February 2019, 90 percent of SMC applications were completed within 9 months. In the 3 months to 1 February 2020, 90% of SMC applications were completed within 15 months.

    Recently we have received enough applications that meet the priority criteria, that other applications were no longer being allocated.

    Who will be prioritised
    INZ will continue to prioritise people with occupational registration and those earning twice the median wage (currently NZD $51 per hour and NZD $106,080 per year). Due to the volume of applications, from Monday 24 February 2020 applicants under the Talent (Accredited Employer) resident visa category will no longer be prioritised, unless they are either highly paid, or in an occupation requiring registration.

    What this means for SMC and RFW applicants

    This decision means we will:

    - be able to resume allocating applications from the general queue (that do not meet the priority criteria)
    - process the same number of resident visa applications as in previous years
    - continue to prioritise people with occupational registration and those earning twice the median wage (currently NZD $51 an hour or NZD $106,080 a year)
    - no longer prioritise applicants for Talent (Accredited Employer) Resident Visas unless they are either highly paid, or in an occupation requiring registration.

    Applicants for SMC and RfW visas who are in New Zealand must remain on valid temporary visas while their resident visas are being processed. For some resident visa applicants this means you must apply for a further temporary visa while your resident visa is either queued, or being actively assessed by an immigration officer.
    Atleast they are being honest about it.

    And agreeing that the allocation has not been happening since Dec 2018. (and stating the reason, saying priority applications took up all the capacity)
    Last edited by areddy; 24th February 2020 at 05:06 PM.

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    According to their predictions, this change means that only 20% - 25% of their processing capacity will go to prioritised applications instead of 100%, which was happening the last few months.

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    I agree that it's a positive step that they are finally being honest about it. I can't help but think that certain people making a song and dance about how incredibly unfair the "priority criteria" are on the vast majority of applicants has led to them finally coming clean about this. This is the first publicly available information about the priority criteria, yet it's been in operation for more than 6 months now.

    I'm disappointed to see them still using the same old line about the delays in processing times being due to the increase in volume of applications. This is not a logical reason when processing effectively halted altogether for the majority of applications in July last year - more applications coming through the door does not equal processing effectively stopping altogether. There's a big flaw in their reasoning there. I see elsewhere it's explained that the number of Residence places available in the previous NZRP have been all but filled by the applications already on-hand - this is the true reason why processing ceased.

    They have said they will resume allocating applications from the general queue now. I hate to be cynical but I'll believe it when I see it.....

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    Atleast we see a hope in there now

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    Here's hoping the stats from Yanco are accurate and this means 75% of their team can get stuck back in to the main queue. It does make sense that this would mean freeing up some capacity and those on RFW visas are now stuck in the queue with the rest of us. We've been saying for months now that registered occupations and high earners seem to be getting co's in weeks so they must be up to speed with those. Still, why did it take them 8 months to figure this out?

    They had to do something, I think the volume of complaints to them and the ombudsman they couldn't continue to outright deny the practice anymore when people from here were going in with official statements saying it's happening. They also couldn't ignore it based on the nzrp that now looks unlikely to be confirmed until spring.

    Hopefully it's a step in the right direction for us SMC applications, unfortunately at the cost of the talent visa holders who now get to wait 15 months for their turn meaning their 2 year commitment is now over 3 years.

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