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Paid parental leave extended

Paid parental leave extended

Paid parental leave extended from 18 weeks to 22 weeks on Sunday, 1 July. This is the first step in the Government’s plan to extend paid parental leave to 26 weeks by 2020. Maximum weekly payments have also increased by 4.7 percent, in line with an increase in the...

English For Resident Migrants

English For Resident Migrants

As a part of their residency requirements, some migrants are required to pay English language tuition fees to Immigration New Zealand (a part of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment) before arriving in New Zealand. If you have done this, your money is...

Visa Labels No Longer Issued

Visa Labels No Longer Issued

From 4 July 2018 visa labels will no longer be issued by Immigration New Zealand (INZ). All applicants of approved visas will receive an email with a letter of approval, which is an eVisa. Visa holders The only exception is for students using Provider Direct.  INZ...

Wellington is the best place to live

Wellington is the best place to live

Wellington has again topped Deutsche Bank's list of 50 most liveable global cities, coming out at number one with the best quality of life. For the second year running, the capital took the accolade beating out Zurich, Copenhagen, Edinburgh and Vienna. The rankings...

New changes to income thresholds

New changes to income thresholds

Immigration New Zealand issued an Amendment Circular 2018-07, containing updates to immigration instructions to align minimum income thresholds with changes to New Zealand benefits and tax credit rates. The changes include: an increase to the minimum income thresholds...

Partner and Child Online visas open

Partner and Child Online visas open

Partners and dependent children of visa applicants, New Zealand citizens and New Zealand visa holders can now apply for visas (including resident visas) online. Partners or dependent children will be able to apply online for a visa based on the immigration...

Failed launch of online partner visas

Failed launch of online partner visas

Unfortunately, deployment of new online features allowing Work and Residence partnership visas to be lodged online has failed. INZ advised that the new features will be postponed for a few weeks. We will update you in due course.

INZ India processing times

INZ India processing times

  Please be aware due to the high volumes of applications INZ India receive, they will not respond to requests for a status update on your application unless 24 days has passed since the date of lodgement, or if you travel pertains to an emergency. Processing...

VAC service fee increase

VAC service fee increase

On 1 May 2018 the service fee payable to a number of Visa Application Centres (VACs) will increase. Service fees payable to VACs in the following locations will be changing: Indonesia Vietnam Russia South Africa Philippines United Arab Emirates To ensure you pay the...

Partner and Child Applications Soon To Be Online

Partner and Child Applications Soon To Be Online

New functionality will be added to Immigration ONLINE to enable individuals or families to apply for a visa based on the immigration status of another family member. This builds on the roll out in February of families and visitors travelling together being able to...

Labour shortage across the Tasman region

Labour shortage across the Tasman region

Visitor visa holders may apply for a variation of conditions to undertake seasonal work in the Tasman region after the Ministry of Social Development declared a seasonal labour shortage. As a result of the declared labour shortage, visitor visa holders (including...

Minimum wage increased to $16.50 per hour

Minimum wage increased to $16.50 per hour

The government announced the minimum wage was increases by 75 cents to $16.50 per hour on 1 April 2018. The starting-out and training minimum wage rates will increase from $12.60 to $13.20 per hour – remaining at 80 per cent of the adult minimum wage. Read the...

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