New Zealand – Updates to Skill Shortage Lists

Posted on May 21, 2019

Effective May 27, 2019, Immigration New Zealand will make minor changes to the Long Term Skill Shortage List (LTSSL) and the Construction and Infrastructure Skill Shortage List (CISSL). New Regional Skill Shortage Lists (RSSLs) will also be introduced to replace… Read more »

New Zealand – New Immigration and Levy Fees

Posted on October 16, 2018

New immigration and levy fees will take effect beginning Monday November 5, 2018. Although the fee for some visa types have decreased, the majority have increased, as noted below: Work Visas Increase of 54% Business/Skilled Visas Decrease of 45% Other… Read more »

New Zealand – New Rules for Interim Visas

Posted on September 14, 2018

Effective immediately, interim visas are valid for 21 days after a temporary entry visa application is declined or withdrawn. Applicants for temporary entry visas, therefore, no longer become unlawful the day after their application is declined, and have 21 days… Read more »

New Zealand – Recent Immigration Updates

Posted on July 16, 2018

  Immigration New Zealand (INZ) has recently implemented several changes to immigration rules and procedures. Partners and dependent children can now make their visa applications online; the minimum income threshold has been updated for certain Essential Skills visa holders; and… Read more »

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 »