NEW ZEALAND – Changes to Residence Processing Priority Rules

Effective 24 February 2020, applications under the Residence for Work (RFW) programme will no longer be prioritised over those under the Skilled Migrant Category (SMC).

Applications will now only be prioritised where an applicant requires professional registration or earns at least twice the New Zealand median wage (currently NZD 106,080 per year).

Processing times for RFW applications are therefore likely to increase, and temporary entry visas may need to be renewed while the applicant is waiting for a residence decision.


Please note that this is general information only and not intended as advice on a specific matter. Please feel free to contact Fakhoury Global Immigration directly with questions exclusive to your situation. This news alert may have been prepared using information from Peregrine Immigration Management, which is licensed to Fakhoury Global Immigration.