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Extreme work visa changes proposed

Following the Skilled migrant changes we discussed previously, the Ministry announced a consultation for the major and very harsh changes to work visa categories. This includes requirements to leave New Zealand for a year, no ability to bring a partner and no domestic...

Major Skilled Migrant Category changes!

If you are looking to apply for residence – hurry up! The Government has announced a package of changes designed to reduce the number of migrants. The changes come into effect 14 August 2017. Two remuneration thresholds are being introduced for applicants...

WIN a trip to Wellington and get a Job Offer!

Wellington City Council together with Immigration New Zealand are offering 100 tech specialists a paid 4-days trip to Wellington to meet up with leading innovative tech companies developing leading edge solutions and exporting them to the world. It’ll be four days of...

Pathway Student Visa Pilot extended

The Minister of Immigration has extended the Pathway Student Visa Pilot for a further 12 months. The new Pilot end date is 7 June 2018 and Immigration New Zealand will continue to accept Pathway Student Visa applications up until this date. The Pathway Student Visa...

Further financial burden on residence applicants

Despite of having high application fees for a Skilled Migrant category applications, INZ are now sending some applications to the London branch demanding to courier all additional documents to the UK directly. INZ advised that “Due to the volume of applications...

URGENT! Stand-down periods for non-compliant employers

On 1 April, MBIE will enforce stand-down periods for non-compliant employers who breach employment standards. Those employers will not be able to recruit migrants for a period of time after an infringement.   On Thursday 23 February, the Minister for Immigration...

Q&A: How to check application status?

If you have submitted a temporary visa (visitor, student, work) application, you will only be contacted if INZ require more information from you. If you have submitted a resident visa application, you will be contacted in writing (email or letter) with the details of...

World’s Most Powerful Passports

  Have you ever wondered what your passport can do for you? The list of the world’s most powerful passports was released indicating the power of passports from various countries. Ranking takes into consideration how many countries can be visited without having to...

Changes to Investor Categories from May 2017

The changes are aimed at encouraging investors to invest in growth investments and delivering greater economic benefits for New Zealand. The changes include: Doubling the funds Investor 2 migrants must invest to $3 million Removing the need for Investor 2 migrants to...

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...

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