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.

New border exemption

Partners and children of workers employed in critical health services are now eligible to request an exemption to travel to New Zealand. To be eligible for this exemption: You must be outside of New Zealand and wishing to travel to New Zealand You must be the partner or dependent child of a work visa holder […]

Key updates to border restrictions

Currently, persons travelling from India, including New Zealand citizens, are not permitted to enter New Zealand. Today, New Zealand designated India, Brazil, Pakistan and Papua New Guinea as “very high risk countries.” This designation relates to the high numbers of COVID-19 cases in these countries. From 11.59pm on 28 April 2021, further restrictions will come […]

Skilled Migrant residence update

The government has indicated that they are currently reviewing the Skilled Migrant residence programme. For now: It is possible to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) under the Skilled Migrant category. However, Immigration New Zealand is not carrying out any EOI pool draws. This means that no action will be taken on any EOIs at […]

PRE-DEPARTURE COVID-19 TESTING

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 […]

GOOD NEWS FOR THOSE WORKING IN THE DAIRY INDUSTRY – CHANGES TO DAIRY CATTLE FARMER (ANZSCO 121313)

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 […]

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