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INZ have issued an Amendment Circular 2016-02, containing updates to immigration instructions effective on 1 April and 11 April 2016.

On 11 April, a variety of updates to instructions will be made, including:

  • Updates to the Long Term Skills Shortage List
  • Various clarifications and alignments to the policies related to grant of a permanent resident visa or second or subsequent resident visa
  • Changes to allow entrepreneur work visa holders to be granted a further visa under specific purpose work visa instructions while they are awaiting a decision on their entrepreneur resident visa
  • A large number of other minor corrections, updates and clarifications

On 1 April, income thresholds in the following policies will be updated:

  • Samoan Quota Scheme
  • Pacific Access Category
  • Partners and dependent children of student work visa holders
  • Partners and dependent children of holders of work visas

We will be clarifying the charges this week for you and will start today with Changes to both residence and temporary instructions effective on and after 1 April 2016

Several of Immigration New Zealand’s visa categories have provisions that require applicants to have a minimum level of income. These figures are based on New Zealand welfare benefits. On 1 April 2016, New Zealand benefit rates will increase because of routine annual adjustments made by Work and Income. The rates increases will affect the minimum level of income in the following ways:

  • The provisions for the Samoan Quota Scheme and Pacific Access Category are based on the maximum Jobseeker Support and Accommodation Supplement. The combined increase will equate to a new minimum level of income of $33,499.44 gross per annum for these categories.
  • Under the Essential Skills and Religious Worker work visa categories, an applicant is required to have a minimum level of income if their dependants are staying in New Zealand with them on visitor or student visas. This minimum income requirement is based on the maximum Jobseeker Support and Accommodation Supplement rates, and the Family Tax Credit rate for one child. The combined increase will equate to a new minimum level of income of $36,850.44 gross per annum for these categories.

All instructions listing minimum level of income figures will be adjusted in line with increases to benefits rates. Changes also  clarify that persons previously removed or deported, currently subject to a period of prohibition on entry, cannot be included in a registration for the Samoan Quota Scheme or Pacific Access Category.

Kind regards,

Jig Patel |Director | Immigration Centre