The purpose of the Immigration Working Group is to recommend potential solutions to the key issues identified by the Digital Skill Forum related to immigration.

Work scope

This Working Group is to address the following key issues:

  • Consider the impacts of the current reliance on qualification requirements as the basis for assessment of ICT skills for immigration purposes, explore alternative systems (for example use of SFIA, or “trusted expert” skills assessments), and ascertain whether a review of policy is needed.
  • Explore barriers to accessing migrant tech talent already in NZ and identify solutions to redirect talent to other opportunities.


  • Quarterly reports to the Forum
  • Recommendations of solutions/next steps in relation to the two issues identified above.


Andrea Hancox, NZTech (Industry)
Silke Radde, Immigration NZ (Government)

Terms of reference

Immigration Working Group Terms of Reference (PDF)

Date established

August 2016