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

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 […]

Christchurch is a great place to live

Watch this short video to learn about the fantastic city of Christchurch.

Accreditation for labour hire companies

At the moment it is compulsory for labour hire companies in Canterbury, but not other parts of New Zealand, to hold labour hire accreditation. The government is currently considering a proposal to make it compulsory for all employers throughout New Zealand to be accredited. As part of that proposal, the Immigration Minister recently indicated that […]

Do it yourself – NZeTA

From 1 October 2019 , you will not be allowed to travel to New Zealand if you do not have a visa or NZeTA (New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority). You can apply for a NZeTA online yourself through the Immigration New Zealand website for $12. Alternatively, you can apply from the NZeTA app for $9. […]

More refugees welcomed to New Zealand

The Government has released a statement celebrating and supporting refugees in New Zealand. Read the statement here.

Want to learn about student life in New Zealand?

The New Zealand Now website contains a lot of useful information for people considering studying in New Zealand. You can read about everyday student life, ideas about where or what to study and options after you graduate. Read more here.

Permanent residence for people affected by the Christchurch terrorist attacks

This week the Government announced a special residence category for people affected by the Christchurch terrorist attacks on 15 March 2019. You can read about the new residence category here.

South Island Lantern Festival

The South Island Lantern Festival will be held in Christchurch from 22-24 February 2019. This is one of Christchurch’s most popular events where you can experience Chinese culture, with vibrantly coloured lanterns lighting up the central city. This event is for everyone and features music, performance, dance, food, and lanterns.