New Zealand – Changes to the Essential Skills Work Visas Will Affect Visa Duration and Dependent Privileges

Posted on August 28, 2017

Effective August 28, 2017, Immigration New Zealand (INZ) is introducing remuneration bands for work visas. The remuneration bands will affect how long applicants can stay and whether their families can stay too. What is the current situation? If a job… Read more »

New Zealand – Changes to the Skilled Migrant Category from August 2017

Posted on August 28, 2017

On April 19, 2017, Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse announced that changes to the Skilled Migrant Category (SMC), including new minimum salary requirements, will take effect on August 14, 2017. Applications submitted before August 14 will be continued to be assessed… Read more »

New Zealand – Non-Compliant Employers to Be Temporarily Prevented from Hiring Migrant Labour

Posted on August 28, 2017

Effective April 1, 2017, employers that have incurred a penalty for a breach of employment standards will be included on a list provided to Immigration New Zealand (INZ) by the Labour Inspectorate. Employers on this list will face a set… Read more »

NEW ZEALAND – Online Visa Application System is now in Effect

Posted on July 2, 2015

New Zealand has launched an online system called Immigration ONLINE for business, work, or student visa applicants to apply and pay for visas. Foreign nationals may also use the online system to upload supporting documentation online while applying for a… Read more »

NEW ZEALAND – Waived Labour Market Testing in Some Instances of Visa Renewal

Posted on April 24, 2015

New Zealand authorities have determined that they will waive labour market testing requirements for companies who are employing foreign nationals that meet the following requirements: The foreign national is renewing his/her temporary work visa under the Essential Skills policy, and… Read more »