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Confused about recent median wage changes in New Zealand?

Here's what you need to know:

From 28 February 2024, the New Zealand median wage increased to $31.61.

This increase does NOT apply to Accredited Employer Work Visas (AEWV) and AEWV-linked visas such as the Partner of a Worker work visa.

Therefore, employees can be paid at $29.66 per hour for an AEWV work visa.

Green List - Work to Residence – Herd Manager position

For any work visas approved after 28 February 2024, if employees qualify as a Herd Manager under the Green List with 3 years of experience, they can earn $29.66 per hour.

If employees are eligible and show they can pass English exams, they can earn $31.61 per hour on the work visa to qualify for the Green List Work to Residence visa after 2 years.

Employees who already hold an AEWV as a Herd Manager under the Green List before 28 February 2024 will not be impacted by this change and can continue to be paid at $29.66 per hour unless they change their employment.

The new median wage of $31.61 applies to the following visa types:

• Skilled Migrant Category

• Parent Category

• Green List Straight to Residence and Work to Residence visas

• Transport workers (excluding bus drivers) applying for the Transport Work to Residence Visa

We understand this may be overwhelming. If you need help understanding how these changes apply to you, just reach out to us. We're here to assist you in your immigration journey.

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