INZ have allocated 800 quota of farm workers for a ‘border exception’ to allow overseas workers to come to New Zealand upon successful completion of a 2 Step Process managed by DairyNZ, MPI and INZ.
The outcome would be that, through this employer sponsored work, prospective workers would receive a Critical Purpose Visitor Visa to work for up to one year and, if amenable to the job, bring their family as well. Also, if they are at the senior level- Herd Manager or above, they can apply for a resident visa up to 31 July once they arrive in country.
The border exception will end when Employer Accreditation mandate begins on 4 July, so submissions for border exceptions need to be with DairyNZ no later than 20th of June.
FRENZ Border Exception Service
We’ve done a number of successful of Border Exceptions since its introduction and have also learned where to avoid some landmines. So, we’re happy to offer this service to you to help sure up your team before calving and before the Employer Accreditation is introduced.
The two step process is
|Step 1 – Border Exception Application||Step 2 – Critical Purpose Visitor Visa Application|
Costs and Commitments
The process and takes about 2-3 months from start to arrival so this is something you might want to get started on for calving support – either to return a worker from overseas or to bring on an alternative experienced overseas candidate (we have a range of experienced, pre-screened overseas candidates, some with NZ experience, who are keen to come into country.)
|Expression of Interest||$380 inc gst plus our border exception service cost|
|Salary (base salary and accommodation value)||Farm Assistants:- $28 per hour; Herd Managers: $79,500 at 40 hours per week and $38.23 per hour thereafter; Asst Farm Managers: $92,000 at 40 hours per week and $44.23 per hour thereafter|
|Visa||Visas are generally paid by the worker unless that person comes from the Philippines which mandates this is paid by employer; The employer may agree to advance with wage deduction or relocation bond (not allowed by POEA).|
|POEA (Philippines Overseas Employment Administration)||If Filipino workers are coming from the Philippines, need to go through the POEA process which is a cost payable by the employer. The cost will depend on whether its through direct hire or an agency|
|Travel||Travel generally would fall with worker unless that person comes from the Philippines which mandates this is paid by employer|
|MIQ||MIQ is terminated so this is no longer applicable. In the off chance its reinstated, the employer would pay up to $2600 and, where they agree to support dependents, the cost for them as well. These costs cannot be on charged to the worker (e.g., no wage deduction)|
|Salary while in MIQ||Effectively, the employment agreement begins the day they arrive in MIQ so regular salary must be paid|
Please contact us if you have any questions and/or want to get started either with a prospective candidate you have in mind or would like to see FRENZ pre-screened candidates.