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

Proposed work visa changes supported by employers

It seems that employers in the hospitality and tourism industries in Queenstown are hopeful that proposed changes to work visas will enable them to source the overseas workers they need to fill vacancies and to speed up work visa processing. Read a related news article here.  Likewise, Marlborough employers, especially those in the wine industry, […]

Work visas under review

The Government has announced some major proposed changes to work visas. Changes include requiring all employers to apply for and obtain accreditation before being allowed to support a work visa and creating regional skills shortage lists. Consultation on the proposals is now open. Read more here.

Plenty of jobs in Ashburton

Ashburton, located in the Canterbury region, has 500 vacant jobs and is trying to attract workers. Read more here.

Queenstown employers struggling to find staff

Many Queenstown employers are struggling to hire and retain the staff they need, especially in the hospitality and tourism industries. This is not a new issue for Queenstown, but one that is getting worse. Read more here.

Changes to post study work rights for students

On Monday 26 November, major changes to post study work rights for students will come into effect. Some students will become eligible for a three year open work visa upon completion of their study in New Zealand. If you would like to know more, please contact us today.  

Remuneration thresholds increasing

On Monday 26 November, some important changes to remuneration thresholds will take place. If you are applying for residence under the Skilled Migrant category, the remuneration threshold for skill level 1, 2 and 3 occupations will increase to $25 per hour. If you are applying for an Essential Skills work visa, the remuneration threshold for […]

Electronic Travel Authority to be introduced

In 2019, the government will introduce an Electronic Travel Authority, or ETA. This will be required for visitors who are currently able to travel to New Zealand without a visa. There will be a small cost involved in obtaining the ETA. You can read more about the introduction of the ETA here, but full details […]

Queenstown employers desperate for workers

Queenstown has always struggled to attract and retain workers on a long term basis due to the high cost of living and accommodation shortages. Queenstown employers recently “begged” the Minister of Immigration, Iain Lees-Galloway, to help with staffing problems. Read the full article here.    

Immigration fees and levies changes

New immigration fees and levies will take effect from 5 November 2018. Most work visa application fees will increase more than 50%. Read more about the changes on the Immigration New Zealand website.

Post-study work visas are changing

Immigration New Zealand recently announced some changes to post-study work rights for international students. These changes will come into effect in November 2018. The changes are especially beneficial for those students who are studying outside of Auckland. Students may be eligible for a one, two or three year open work visa. If you would like […]