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

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 […]

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 […]