Changes to the skill level of 44 occupations in ANZSCO has opened the door to SMC Residence pathway for people in previously low skilled roles.
A new version of the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) has been announced. Coinciding with ANZSCO version 1.3 (to be released 5 November 2019), are amendments to Immigration Instructions, in effect as of 29 October 2019. These changes have immediate and significant consequences for SMC residence and Essential Skills work visa applicants.
Until mid-2020, when INZ’s earlier announced change – that the ANZSCO will no longer be used to assess temporary work visas INZ Announcement – comes into force, INZ will continue to use ANZSCO version 1.2 for the purposes of deciding visa applications. However, this is not the case for every ANZSCO occupation.
Some occupations have been ‘upgraded’, from a skill level 4 or 5 in ANZSCO version 1.2, to a skill level 1-3 in version 1.3. These occupations, listed in the table below, will be treated as exceptions.
|ANZSCO code and occupation|
|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
Applications made before mid-2020:
- If your occupation is on the list of exceptions and your pay is above the New Zealand median income (currently $25, soon to be $25.50), INZ will use ANZSCO Version 1.3 to assess your application.
- If your occupation is on the list of exceptions, but your pay is below the New Zealand median income, INZ will use ANZSCO version 1.2 to assess your application.
- If you currently hold a work visa, the skill level of your job is unchanged.
Applications made after mid-2020:
- For the Essential Skills Work Visa (Temporary Work Visa), ANZSCO will not be used to assess whether an applicant is in skilled employment. Instead, skill level will be determined by a remuneration threshold linked to the median wage.
- For the Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa, INZ will use ANZSCO Version 1.3 to assess the skill level of an applicant’s job.
Immigration New Zealand are yet to provide specifics about the immigration procedures that are planned for next year. However, if you are working in one of the excepted occupations and would like further information, we recommend you speak to a licensed immigration advisor. Contact Pathways NZ for a free preliminary assessment.