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


The government has announced it will expand its pre-departure COVID-19 testing requirements. With some limited exceptions, any person arriving in New Zealand after 11.59PM Monday 25 January will be required to provide a negative COVID-19 test before travelling to New Zealand. Travellers arriving from Australia, Antarctica and most Pacific Islands will be exempted from the […]


From 15 February 2021 the way Immigration New Zealand assesses some dairy farm occupations will change. Three occupations, Dairy Farm Manager, Assistant Dairy Farm Manager and Dairy Herd Manager will all fall under the ANZSCO occupation of Dairy Cattle Farmer (ANZSCO 121313). The occupations of Assistant Dairy Farm Manager and Dairy Herd Manager will be […]

October 2020 update

There have been many announcements by Immigration New Zealand (INZ) this month, but the two key announcements that we would like to share with you today are: Selection of Skilled Migrant and Parent Expressions of Interest (EOI) deferred – INZ has announced that no selections of Skilled Migrant EOIs or Parent EOIs will take place […]

COVID-19 September 2020 update

We are still seeing the effects of COVID-19 on immigration policy. The New Zealand border remains closed but the Government has started softening the travel restrictions and has also re-commenced processing some applications for migrants offshore. They key recent changes are: Some visitor visas expiring between 4 September and 31 October have been automatically extended […]

Work visa extensions for some partners and dependants

In July 2020 some employer assisted work visa holders had their visas extended for six months. Yesterday Immigration New Zealand announced that partners and children holding a visa based on their relationship with those work visa holders, will also have their visas extended. Some conditions apply. For example, if an Essential Skills work visa holder […]

Essential Skills work visa requirements

Over the last few weeks there have been a number of changes to temporary entry policy. Currently, when applying for an Essential Skills work visa the rate of pay offered will determine the duration of the visa, the labour market test requirements and whether or not the Essential Skills work visa holder can support their […]

Essential Skills work visas have changed

Immigration New Zealand has changed the way in which they assess Essential Skills work visas. If you earn $25.50/hour or more: You may be eligible to apply for a three year work visa You may be able to support your partner for an open work visa or a visitor visa You may be able to […]

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 […]