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New culturally-arranged marriage visa for overseas marriages

The government has just announced a new visa to allow for New Zealand citizens and residents who enter into culturally arranged marriages to have their partners come to New Zealand, even when they have not lived together and have married overseas. Here's what INZ have...

Parent residence category changing

The Parent Resident Category (most popular category for parents of New Zealand citizens or residents to get residence in New Zealand) is changing. This category for adult children to sponsor their parents (Tier 1 and Tier 2)  closed on 7 October 2019 and will reopen...

How overseas teachers can work in New Zealand

Immigration has recently announced that teachers from early childhood to secondary in all regions are now in shortage in New Zealand. This will make it easier for overseas teachers interested in working in New Zealand to work as...

INZ Drop-in office in central Auckland closes permanently

Immigration New Zealand’s (INZ) Auckland Central Visa Services counter services at 280 Queen Street will close permanently (today) at 16:00 on 21 December 2018. There will no longer be a drop box for INZ applications at the Queen St Auckland location. A drop box is...

Changes to Employment Law coming into effect soon

Changes to employment law were made last week with the passing of a new bill,  the Employment Relations Amendment Bill 2018,  expected to come into effect some time this week. The Act restores protections for employees that were in effect before 2015,  and strengthens...

How will the new post-study visa rules affect me?

The new post-study visa rules come into effect on 26 November 2018 and many current holders of student and post-study visas are still wondering how it will affect them. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions, as notified by Immigration New Zealand: Who...

Post-study work visa policy changes from 26 November released

On 8 August 2018, the government announced changes to the Post-study work visa policy to ensure that post-study pathways for international students are fit for purpose and provide the skills and qualifications New Zealand needs. These changes will come into effect on...

Remuneration thresholds changing from 26 November 2018

From 26th November 2018 the salary level required to meet the 'skill' thresholds for Essential Skills Visas and Skilled Migrant Category are increasing. The new thresholds are based on the New Zealand median salary and wage rate of $25 per hour (up 2.9% from last...

INZ application fees changing from 5 November 2018

Immigration New Zealand are changing their application fees and levies, from next week. Summary of changes: New fees and levies for major immigration categories are as follows:   Visa Current immigration costs (applicants in NZ) New immigration costs (applicants...

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