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SM7.15 Comparable labour markets

Work experience must have been gained in a labour market that is comparable to the New Zealand labour market unless:

  1. the work experience meets the requirements set out at SM7.30 for work experience in an area of absolute skills shortage; or
  2. the principal applicant has current skilled employment in New Zealand or an offer of skilled employment in New Zealand (see SM6).

SM7.15.1 Definition: Comparable labour market

  1. Work experience is assessed as being in a comparable labour market if it was undertaken in one of the following countries by:
    1. a citizen or permanent resident of that country; or
    2. a person who had the lawful authority to work in that country.

    Australia

    Greece

    Macau

    South Africa

    Austria

    Hong Kong

    Malta

    South Korea

    Belgium

    Hungary

    Malaysia

    Spain

    Canada

    Iceland

    New Zealand

    Sweden

    Cyprus

    Ireland

    Netherlands

    Switzerland

    Czech Republic

    Israel

    Norway

    Taiwan

    Denmark

    Italy

    Poland

    United Kingdom

    Estonia

    Japan

    Portugal

    United States

    Finland

    Latvia

    Singapore

     

    France

    Lithuania

    Slovak Republic

    Germany

    Luxembourg

    Slovenia

  2. Work experience undertaken in a country not listed at SM7.15.1 (a) above will be assessed as being in a comparable labour market only if it was undertaken for a multinational commercial entity (including a wholly or majority owned subsidiary of such an entity that bears the same core name as the parent company) domiciled in one of the countries listed in (a) above.

Effective 28/08/2017

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