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NEW ZEALAND: Work Visa Application Fees to Double

October 5, 2018

Effective 5 November 2018, application fees for New Zealand visas will increase dramatically. The fee changes will impact individuals applying for work, residence and visitor visas and employers seeking accreditation or sponsoring work and residence visas.

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NEW ZEALAND: New Rules for Interim Visas

September 7, 2018

Effective immediately, interim visas in New Zealand are valid for 21 days after a temporary entry visa application is declined or withdrawn.

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NEW ZEALAND: Building and Construction Visa Proposed

August 2, 2018

The New Zealand Minister of Immigration has proposed changes to immigration policy to make it easier for the building and construction industry to employ migrants to overcome a shortage of about 30,000 workers. The proposed changes are expected to be in place by early 2019.

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NEW ZEALAND: Recent Immigration Updates

July 12, 2018

Immigration New Zealand (INZ) has implemented changes to immigration procedures. Partners and dependent children can now make their visa applications online; the minimum income has been updated for certain Essential Skills visa holders; and INZ will no longer place physical visa labels in passports.

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NEW ZEALAND: Updated Salary Thresholds for Essential Skills Visa

January 19, 2018

Effective 15th January 2018, Immigration New Zealand (INZ) has increased the remuneration thresholds which affect how long Essential Skills visa applicants can stay and whether their families can stay too. The change does not affect existing Essential Skills visa holders, or applications which were pending on 15th January 2018. The remuneration bands, which also affect […]

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NEW ZEALAND: Changes to the Essential Skills Work Visa

August 10, 2017

From 28th August 2017, Immigration New Zealand (INZ) is introducing remuneration bands for work visas.  The remuneration bands will affect how long applicants can stay and whether their families can stay too. What is the current situation? If a job is ranked at Level 4 or 5 on the ANZSCO, then a work visa is […]

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AUSTRALIA: New Permanent Residence Route for New Zealand Nationals

June 2, 2017

The Australian Government announced last year that, as of 1st July 2017, there will be a separate pathway for New Zealand citizens to apply for permanent residency and then Australian citizenship. Who is Eligible? New Zealand Special Category Visa (SCV) holders who arrived after 26th February 2001, who have lived in Australia for the last […]

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NEW ZEALAND: Changes to the Skilled Migrant Category from August 2017

April 25, 2017

On 19th April 2017, Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse announced that changes to the Skilled Migrant Category (SMC), including new minimum salary requirements, will take effect on 14th August 2017. What is the Skilled Migrant Category? With a Skilled Migrant Category resident visa, a qualifying applicant can live and work in New Zealand indefinitely. A points-based […]

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NEW ZEALAND: Non-Compliant Employers to Be Temporarily Prevented from Hiring Migrant Labour

March 31, 2017

From 1st April 2017, employers that have incurred a penalty for a breach of employment standards will be included on a list provided to Immigration New Zealand (INZ) by the Labour Inspectorate. Employers on this list will face a set stand-down period preventing them from recruiting migrant labour for six months, one year, 18 months […]

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SOUTH AFRICA: 90-Day Visa Waiver for New Zealand Passport Holders Withdrawn

December 14, 2016

The South Africa Department of Home Affairs have recently announced that they will withdraw the 90-day visa waiver/exemption for New Zealand passport holders, with effect from 16th January 2017. Due to the reciprocal visa waiver that has been in place…

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