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

2021 resident visa opens tomorrow for phase 1 applicants

The much awaited 2021 resident visa opens tomorrow, 1 December 2021, for phase 1 applicants. The 2021 resident visa is a “one-off” opportunity for some work visa holders in New Zealand to obtain residence. To be eligible, you must have been lawfully in New Zealand on 29 September 2021 and held an eligible work visa […]

New 2021 resident visa

The New Zealand government has announced a new 2021 resident visa. The new 2021 resident visa is a “one-off” opportunity for some work visa holders in New Zealand to obtain residence. Immigration New Zealand has indicated that the process will be simpler and faster than current employment-based residence categories. CRITERIA To be eligible for the […]

New streamlined process for Essential Skills work visas

New streamlined process for Essential Skills work visa applications The Minister of Immigration recently announced some changes to Essential Skills work visas to streamline the application process.   Any applicant for an Essential Skills work visa who has previously provided a medical, x-ray and police certificate to Immigration New Zealand, will not be required to […]

Essential Skills work visa changes

From 19 July 2021, the median wage of $27/hour will be used by Immigration New Zealand to determine whether an applicant is paid “at or above the median wage” or “below the median wage” for Essential Skills work visas. Your rate of pay is very important as it determines the duration of the work visa […]

Sleepover hours in the aged, residential care and disability care industry

Recent changes to work visa policy mean that persons working in the aged, residential care or disability care industry are able to work sleepover hours in some instances. Essential Skills work visa holders are now able to work sleepover hours if they: currently work in the aged, residential care or disability care industry; and work […]

Work visa changes

On 1 November 2021, a new work visa, the Accredited Employer work visa, will be introduced. The Accredited Employer work visa will replace six current work visas including the Essential Skills work visa. The new work visa process will have three steps: Employer check – The employer must apply for and obtain accreditation Job check […]

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 […]


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 […]