As 2023 draws to a close, New Zealand’s immigration landscape is set to undergo significant changes that will affect employers and migrants alike.
New Zealand’s immigration system is under strain, and nowhere is this more evident than in the handling of partnership visas for residency. Recent updates reveal that the expectation is now set at a staggering 15 months for 90% of these visas to be processed.
While the government’s new measures for exploited migrant workers earn applause, a crucial change to the 90-day trial period goes unnoticed. This overlooked adjustment could have far-reaching implications for employers and migrants alike.
The government have just announced from that from the 1st of July 2023, UK citizens will have three years to travel and work in New Zealand on the United Kingdom Working Holiday Visa.
The Government has announced a welcome change to the Victims of Family Violence visa requirements that will allow migrant victims of family violence the ability to obtain a new six-month open work visa that is no longer tied to the immigration status of their abusive partner.
On the 11th of October 2022, the government announced two changes relevant to employers who are planning to recruit migrant workers.
The median wage, currently NZD $27.76 an hour, will increase to NZD $29.66 on 27 February 2023.
Previously, children of work visa holders who could not acquire residency had to pay international tuition fees for tertiary education. Children of eligible migrants will now be able to study as domestic students whilst their family’s one-off 2021 Resident Visa is being processed.