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Jul 16, 2020
Your Visa status in NZ if you were in on the 10th July
If you were in New Zealand on 10 July and you hold an employer-assisted work visa, due to expire before 31st Dec 2020... read more
Jul 06, 2020
Short term changes to Visas
Jun 01, 2020
Immigration category's planned return scuttled by Covid-19
After a wait of more than three years for a government decision on family migration, grandparents had a glimmer of hope - before the Covid-19 coronavirus snuffed it out again...More
May 25, 2020
Travel Ban for offshore NZ Residents
The border is currently closed to all but NZ citizens and residents, but travellers coming here for the first time on their residents visa will also be banned. more
May 13, 2020
Latest Update- May 14th
This includes an update for all, which includes, Onshore- offshore. Students, Temp Visa holders and Residency applications...Read more
Apr 02, 2020
Student visa holders COVID-19 information
Holders of a work, student, visitor, limited or interim visa with an expiry date of 2 April to 9 July 2020 inclusive who were in New Zealand on 2 April 2020 will have their visas automatically extended to 25 September 2020. Confirmation of extensions will be emailed to all visa holders.read more
Apr 01, 2020
Epidemic management notice information
The New Zealand Government’s epidemic management notice relating to immigration matters is in effect from Thursday 2 April 2020.
Holders of a work, student, visitor, limited or interim visa with an expiry date of 2 April to 9 July 2020 inclusive who were in New Zealand on 2 April 2020 will have their visas automatically extended to 25 September 2020. Confirmation of extensions will be emailed to all visa holders.
If your visa has been extended you should have received a confirmation email from Immigration New Zealand. We used the most recent email address that you provided to us.
We suggest you confirm your visa expiry date by checking the Visa Verification Service on our website.
Mar 17, 2020
Changes to working in New Zealand on a temporary work visa
If you are a migrant worker, find out about how temporary work visas are changing and when the changes will happen.....Read More
Feb 09, 2020
As part of its response to managing the COVID-19 (also known as the novel coronavirus) outbreak the New Zealand Government has extended the travel restrictions for some foreign travellers to Monday 24 February 2020.
The restrictions apply to any foreigners who have been present in, or transited through, mainland China 14 days prior to them departing for New Zealand. This decision will be reviewed every 48 hours and the Government will decide on or before 24 February whether the travel restrictions need to remain in place.
Feb 03, 2020
Parents Residency category
The parents residency category re-opens after a long break. There are new norms and criteria which will now be applicable, with only a 1000 places available each year. READ more on our Home page
Dec 18, 2019
Skilled Migrant category Changes
On 24 February 2020 the wage or salary thresholds for Skilled Migrant Resident Visas and Essential Skills Work Visas will increase.The new thresholds are based on the New Zealand median salary and wage rate of NZD $25.50 per hour (up 2% from last year) which is equivalent to NZD $53,040 per year for a 40-hour per week job. More
Nov 13, 2019
Change to the Culturally Arranged Marriage Visitor Visa
The Minister of Immigration has announced a change that will allow people who had a culturally arranged marriage outside of New Zealand to apply for this visitor visa. READ More
Nov 03, 2019
Game Changer for Aged Workers
History was made for migrant workers in the aged care sector this week.
For the first time, people who move to New Zealand to look after the country’s elderly will have a realistic chance of becoming permanent residents. Read More
Oct 06, 2019
Parent visa category reopened
The Government is reopening the Parent Category visa programme but capping numbers and increasing costs. The visa, which enabled parents to join their adult children in New Zealand if they were a resident or citizen, was temporarily closed in 2016 by former Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse in order to clear a backlog of applications....Read More
Sep 22, 2019
Expecting To Travel to New Zealand, Check if you need an NZeTA
Some visitors and transit passengers can travel to New Zealand without a visa if they get an NZeTA (New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority) before they travel. read more
Jun 15, 2019
Families waiting for a government decision on whether overseas parents can join them say they feel like collateral damage as they wait for coalition parties to come to an agreement on immigration... Read More
May 15, 2019
From 13 May, we are raising the minimum income for some visa holders to reflect changes to New Zealand benefit rates.
From 13 May, we are raising the minimum income for some visa holders to reflect changes to New Zealand benefit rates. Read more
May 07, 2019
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has completed its regular review of the Essential Skills
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has completed its regular review of the Essential Skills in Demand (ESID) lists, and changes to the lists will take effect on 27 May 2019. read more
Apr 22, 2019
Permanent residence for people affected by the Christchurch terrorist attacks
Feb 09, 2019
Couple accused of Human trafficking
A married Bangladeshi couple who are New Zealand citizens, will appear before the Auckland District Court next Monday, 11 February 2019 on charges of human trafficking, exploitation and other immigration related charges. more
Dec 26, 2018
Changes coming to Employer assisted and Essential work Visa
On 18 December 2018, the Government announced it is consulting on proposed changes to employer-assisted temporary work visa settings to ensure that work visas issued reflect genuine regional skill shortages. The consultation will close on 18 March 2019. More
Dec 16, 2018
The Canterbury Skill shortage list not needed anymore
On 17 December 2018, Immigration New Zealand (INZ) will establish the Construction and Infrastructure Skill Shortage List (CISSL) to support the government’s construction and infrastructure commitments. read more
Dec 04, 2018
Visa processing to take more time
Immigration New Zealand (INZ) is currently receiving high numbers of visa applications. This is likely to continue until March 2019. READ MORE
Nov 10, 2018
Salary Threshold changes to SMC &ESV
The Essential Skills work visa and Skilled Migrant Category resident visa remuneration thresholds have been updated as part of our annual review. The new thresholds are based on the New Zealand median salary...More
Nov 01, 2018
Changes to the Funds Transfer Scheme (FTS)
Students from some countries use the FTS to transfer the money they must have to support themselves when they study in New Zealand. From 1 October 2018 the scheme will be easier to use. Read More
Sep 30, 2018
New fees and levies will take effect from Monday, 5 November 2018.
Immigration fees and levies are reviewed regularly to ensure they accurately reflect the cost incurred in providing immigration services. read more
Jul 10, 2018
New Zealand- Here is a Beautifullllll video
Zip through stunning New Zealand in this video shot from above. Travel through the wonderful landscapes of Aotearoa, from sea to sky, city to mountains. Get a glimpse of what awaits you on an epic holiday in New Zealand. Watch it NOW
Jun 27, 2018
Minimum income threshold adjustment
Immigration New Zealand adjusts minimum income requirements every year to ensure visa holders have enough income to support themselves and their family while in New Zealand.hat's this item about? What makes it interesting? Write a catchy description to grab your audience's attention...
New Immigration scam targets Indian educated brides
Families in India are marrying their drug-addicted sons to educated young women and paying for the bride to study in countries like New Zealand as a way to get residency for the men.....
Jan 17, 2018
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Changes in Thresholds for SMC & Essential Skills
Dec 19 2017 Changes are afoot in the threshold for SMC and Essential Skill visa from the 15th Jan 2018..Read more
Dramatic Fall in skilled immigrants applying
Nov 2017..The number of skilled immigrants applying has almost halved in the last 6 months ..read more
Visiting parents to soon get Health Insurance in NZ
Oct 2017, Insurance provider NIB, is looking at providing health insurance that could cover.. read more
70 Businesses banned from hiring Migrants
October 2017 Seventy businesses have been banned from hiring migrants, Law changes bites employers flouting the rules..Read More
Immigration proposes- Visa processing changes
Sept 2017, Immigration is proposing Visa processing to be done in fewer strategic locations and to specialise visa processing...Read more
Labour unveils plan to stop foreign students...
June 12th,2017. Labour unveils a plan to stop foreign students backdoor immigration rort...read more
Many skilled workers to lose pathway to residence
10 May 2017Many skilled workers to lose pathway to residency, impending changes may affect those skilled workers who intend to make NZ their homes... read more
Who's a Licensed adviser
INZ recently ran a campaign in South Africa which was very successful, allowing them to raise awareness among the general public of where to go for professional immigration advice if they’re looking to come to New Zealand. The campaign, which finished on 28 April, also reminded travel agents that they cannot provide New Zealand immigration advice without a licence.
This reached over 400,000 people, with targeted online, print media, and social media advertising. The social media campaign alone drove over 5,000 people to the IAA website in three weeks.
Always look for a Licensed Immigration agent...
What's changing in aug 2017
Salient features of proposed changes from the 14th August 2017.
Skilled Migrant category
1.Two income thresholds
2. Higher points for those aged 30-39
3. Higher points for skilled work experience
4.Higher points for some post graduate qualifications
5. Points will be same for a person holding a "job offer" or currently working in NZ
6.No points for :
a) Close Family in NZ
b)Qualifications in area of absolute skill shortage
and other changes in this space.
Apr 18, 2017
What do the Government's immigration changes mean
Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse has announced a number of changes to New Zealand's immigration system, aimed at tackling both the number and quality of immigrants coming here for work.
Mar 31, 2017
Non-compliant employer list implemented
From 1 April 2017, employers that have incurred a penalty for a breach of employment standards will face a set stand-down period preventing them from recruiting migrant labour for six months, one year, 18 months or two years, depending on the severity of the breach.
Essential Skills in Demand List review 2016
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has completed its annual review of two of the Essential Skills in Demand (ESID) Lists – the Long Term Skill Shortage List (LTSSL) and the Immediate Skill Shortage List (ISSL). The Ministry regularly reviews the ESID lists to ensure that they meet the changing needs of the labour market, and to ensure opportunities for New Zealanders first.
Dec 31, 2016
Filipino sentenced in exploitation case
A Filipino national and her company have been sentenced on nine charges relating to the exploitation of five migrant workers at their Japanese sushi restaurants in Auckland. More
Oct 07, 2016
Big Visa changes to South African Nationals..
Currently, people from South Africa do not need to apply for a visitor visa before travelling to New Zealand, with genuine visitors being granted a visitor visa on arrival. As a result of the change all visitors from South Africa will need to obtain a visa before travelling to New Zealand.
Jun 14, 2016
Woman jailed for immigration fraud
A Chinese woman has been sentenced to 26 months’ imprisonment for immigration fraud. Yunjuan Li was sentenced at the Christchurch District Court after pleading guilty to six charges of supplying false or misleading information to an immigration office....
Apr 10, 2016
Changes to essential skills in demand list
The ESID Lists aim to facilitate the entry of appropriately skilled migrants to fill skill shortages and to reduce costs and time delays for employers seeking staff. However, this objective must be balanced by the need to ensure that there are no suitably skilled or more
Apr 10, 2016
Changes to the Essential skills visa
Following a successful trial, all low-skilled Essential Skills work visa applications lodged after 11 April 2016 must include a Skills Match Report completed by Work and Income. The Skills Match Report improves certainty for employers and visa applicants and speeds up the visa application process when no New Zealanders are available. Read more
Mar 31, 2016
Warning on scam calls
Immigration New Zealand has been notified of a new wave of scam phone calls from individuals claiming to be Immigration staff.
Jan 27, 2016
English language requirements
English language requirements for international students under Rule 18 of the NZQF Programme Approval and Accreditation Rules 2013.
Thursday.Immigration New Zealand has published the student visa approval rates for 2015...more
Jan 13, 2016
New visa policies for Korean citizens
Three new or amended visa policies offer better access to New Zealand for citizens of the Republic of Korea. The policies were agreed to alongside the New Zealand – Korea free trade agreement. ..more
Jan 07, 2016
Essential Skills in Demand list review 2015
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has completed its annual review of two of the Essential Skills in Demand (ESID) Lists – the Long Term Skill Shortage List (LTSSL) and the Immediate Skill Shortage List (ISSL). The Ministry regularly reviews the ESID lists to ensure that they meet the changing needs of the labour market, and to ensure opportunities for New Zealanders first... more
Oct 15, 2015
Company officials sentenced on migrant exploitation charges
Jun 28, 2015
Certified copies no longer required for temporary entry visa applications
Jul 29, 2015
Changes to support regional development. A range of changes have been announced... READ MORE..
30 July 2015
Changes to support regional development. A range of changes have been announced...
Apr 22, 2015
20 most powerful passports in the world.
New Zealand passports have made the top 20 most powerful passports in the world list, sneaking in at number 20....more
Apr 20, 2015
Proposed NZQA changes to English language requirements for international students...
Results of the consultation were released by a news article, see: Changes to Rule 18: English language requirements for international students. ...more
Mar 16, 2015
Fiji Added to Pacific Access Category Citizens of Samoa,
Citizens of Samoa, Tonga, Kiribati, Tuvalu and Fiji are encouraged to register for this year’s ballot under the Samoan Quota and Pacific Access Category between 1 and 30 April 2015... more
Feb 15, 2015
Improvements in Immigration Medicals Immigration New Zealand (INZ) has
Immigration New Zealand (INZ) has selected clinics from all over the country to be part of an onshore panel physician network that will complete immigration medical examinations for onshore New Zealand visa applicants. ..More
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