August 2017 changes to Essential Skills temporary work visa settings

We publicly consulted on proposed changes to temporary work visa settings through the Essential Skills visa policy. Submissions closed on 21 May 2017.

What was proposed

The changes aimed to ensure that settlement expectations were clear for temporary labour migrants and that the settings enabled access to migrant labour where there was genuine need.

We consulted on the following proposals:

  • using wage or salary information to help determine the skill level and visa conditions of Essential Skills migrants
  • reinforcing the temporary nature of the visa and managing the settlement expectations of Essential Skills migrants where they have no pathway to residence.
  • reinforcing that Essential Skills visas may only be granted for the period for which the employment is offered.

The result of consultation

Following consultation, changes to the Essential Skills work visa policy were announced on 27 July 2017 and implemented on 28 August 2017.

These changes supported changes to the residence Skilled Migrant Category that were implemented at the same time.

Consultation documents

Go to the consultation in Have your say.


Go to the submissions in Have your say.