Since border closure in March 2020, there have been some big changes to the rules around hiring migrant workers. In our latest blog post, we go over the impact these changes have on New Zealand employers and give our advice on how to navigate the process of hiring a migrant worker.
Immigration News Category
Updates on the current situation of NZ immigration policies, practices and visa changes
Immigration New Zealand as announced that the Expression of Interest (EOI) Selection Process for the Skilled Migrant Category has been put on hold for 6 more months. We explain why it might be happening, and the implications of this delay for skilled migrants. Click here to read the latest blog post:👇
Partners of New Zealand citizens or residents can now apply to travel to New Zealand if they are Australian or from a country on the visa-waiver list. Family members travelling with the New Zealand citizen or resident are also eligible.
As of 9 October, Immigration New Zealand is accepting expressions of interest from work visa holders who are normally residents but were shut out of the country during border closure due to COVID. Find out how to submit your name to the pool.
Starting 3 November, all travellers to New Zealand will be required to present a Managed Isolation Allocation voucher before being allowed to board their flight. The government have just announced the details, we explain how the system will work.
Leading immigration lawyer Aaron Martin discusses the reasons behind the new fees for individuals and employers. He’ll also share the most important thing you need to know about filling out your request for entry as an exception to the border closure. Beginning 10 August 2020, border exception requests will incur the following fees: NZD $380 … Continue reading New EOI Fees: How Much and Why
Significant changes to immigration rules around work visas were announced in July changes have supposedly been set up to “preserve and prioritise future job opportunities for New Zealanders” but in actual fact, they are very short-sighted – to the detriment of New Zealand’s industries, migrants, businesses and economic success.
Due to COVID-19, there have been a lot of delays and disruption to visa processing, and those changes have caused significant confusion amongst migrants. So, in this article, we’re outlining the best course of action and suggested focus for common visa types and scenarios – so that you know exactly where you stand, what you should be aware of, and what you should be doing.
Understanding the priority of visa applications On 17 April, Immigration New Zealand’s workflow priorities had to make some big shifts to align with emergency legislation around COVID-19. Like many organisations, first and foremost INZ had to work around some stark realities – you can’t process paper-based applications if you can’t go to the office. So, … Continue reading Visa priority processing new criteria explained
On Wednesday 1 April 2020 Immigration New Zealand announced new criteria to allow migrants to apply for a visa to enter New Zealand. Leading immigration lawyer Aaron Martin explains the ramifications for potential applicants and their families.
The Immigration New Zealand website is stating that everyone who has a visa (including interim and Limited Visas) is due to expire between now and 1 April needs to immediately apply for a new visa using the online system. Read our blog for more information.
“It’s still very unclear what the specific restrictions means to some visa holders, so I have been in contact with Immigration New Zealand to try and resolve this situation. They are still resolving some of the terms themselves; but as of today, I’m updating the information that I’m aware of and giving my advice to people concerned on whether they’ll be allowed to travel to New Zealand or not.