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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...

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...

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