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End of passports? Australia’s government radical moves

International passengers would be whisked through immigration and customs without stopping or even encountering humans, while passport scanners and paper cards would be a thing of the past, under a radical overhaul of Australia’s airports due to start this year....

INZ fees increase

Fees for paper-based applications for visitor visas and for group visitor visas will increase on 21 November 2016 and will cost NZ$149 for visitors from the Pacific or NZ$184 for visitors from other parts of the world (including within New Zealand). Online application...

Free English classes

Our friends from MFH offer Intensive Literacy and Numeracy Programme for resident visa holders/citizens. Who can enrol? • New Zealand Permanent Residents and Citizens • Learners with literacy and numeracy needs • Learners wanting to up-skill to join the workforce We...

Chef residence without IELTS

The recent immigration policy changes to the Skilled Migrant Category (SMC) have largely targeted foreign workers who wish to settle in NZ. Two major changes to the SMC category have been announced: The points threshold for selection has been increased from 100 to...

Parent category closed for 2 years

The resent changes effectively mean that Parent Category is stopped until 2018 and rumors are the new rules are coming making it harder. At this moment, the Parent Category is being temporarily closed to new applications. Immigration New Zealand will not make...

Minimum 160 points for Skilled Migrant

From 12 October 2016 only EOIs with 160 points or more will be selected. This will enable the number of Skilled Migrant Category resident visas granted in 2016/17 to remain within the target range. What is the Skilled Migrant Category and how does it work? The Skilled...

Compulsory IELTS for almost every residence!

From 12 October, all applicants will need to have an IELTS unless they studied level 7 or above qualification in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Ireland, UK or USA. The minimum English language requirement is IELTS with overall score of 6.5 Prior to the 12 October...

Indian students facing deportation

Indian students are facing deportation and deportation letters are now being sent every day as Immigration New Zealand is cracking down on rogue overseas education agents. Described as the tip of the iceberg, an estimated 150 Indian students are currently in danger of...

Visa changes for South African nationals

All South African visitors to New Zealand will require visitor visas from the 21 November this year. These changes are being made as a result of an increase in the number of South African nationals who have been refused entry at the New Zealand border in comparison to...

Paying for jobs scandal

As an RNZ investigation reveals evidence of migrant workers being scammed thousands of dollars for fake jobs, cases of suspected job-selling for visas are emerging. The Association for Migration and Investment warns paying for jobs as a way of obtaining visas will be...

Indian students deportation

Around 150 students from India are facing deportation after it was discovered the agencies that brought them to New Zealand had faked financial information on their student visa applications. Nine students, who had been studying in Auckland, have been served with...

Ban on student visa sponsors

Effective 22 August 2016, INZ have prohibited students to change their sponsors when in New Zealand. Instructions have been amended to only allow sponsorship of foreign fee paying students in the tertiary sector who are onshore where they are being sponsored by the...

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