News

On this page we will share news and stories about the immigration industry and life in New Zealand. We hope you find these useful.

Work visa policy changes

Immigration New Zealand announced several key work visa changes yesterday. Automatic extension of some work visas: Those in New Zealand holding an employer assisted work visa (including an Essential Skills work visa) on 10 July 2020 which is due to expire before 31 December 2020 will have their visa automatically extended by 6 months. Duration […]

COVID-19 Update 2

COVID-19 UPDATE 2 Healthcare sector: Student visa holders who were employed in an essential healthcare worker role on 3 April 2020 will now be able to work more than 20 hours per week up to 3 July 2020. Visa processing: INZ has closed all of its offices. It has ceased processing nearly all visa applications. […]

COVID-19 update

A lot has been happening with immigration over the last week or so. Here are a few of the most important changes: – BORDER CLOSURE – The New Zealand border is closed to most travellers from overseas. There are only a few limited exceptions to this. All arrivals from overseas must self-isolate for 14 days […]

New requirements for assessing temporary partnership applications

Immigration New Zealand has recently announced they will change the way they assess temporary partnership applications. They have provided updated advice on how Immigration Officers should assess temporary applications when the couple has not lived together. You can read the Immigration New Zealand advice here.

Supervision in the Immigration Advice Industry

Interested to know how the current immigration adviser supervision regime is working? Check out my article here.

New version of ANZSCO released

As a result of ANZSCO being updated, some occupations are now going to be recognised as being skilled as exceptions. The occupations recognised as an exception include Personal Care Assistant/Caregiver, Teacher’s Aide, Bookkeeper, Crane Operator and Construction Rigger. This will enable some people to apply for residence under the Skilled Migrant category who were not […]

Parent category to re-open in February 2020

From February 2020 it will be possible to lodge an Expression of Interest for the Parent category. There will only be 1000 places available each year and sponsors must meet specified financial requirements. One sponsor wishing to sponsor one parent must earn at least $106,080pa. One sponsor and their partner wishing to sponsor one parent […]

Talent (Accredited Employer) work visa remuneration threshold to increase

From 7 October 2019 the remuneration threshold for the Talent (Accredited Employer) work visa will increase significantly. The current threshold is $55,000pa. From 7 October this will increase to $79,560pa. You can read more about the change on the Immigration New Zealand website.

Changes to work visas

Yesterday the Government announced major changes to the work visa regime that will affect overseas workers and employers. Most of the changes will be introduced during 2020-2021. Immigration New Zealand will introduce an entirely new process for the employer, labour market and visa applicant. The new process will involve three gateways. The first gateway will […]

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