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Immigration in the news

Since COVID19 hit our shores a constant stream of media articles has highlighted the impact on many lives due to the border closure and suspension of visa processing for anyone overseas. Partners, children, and families separated from each other, workers stuck overseas unable to get to their jobs.

31/07/20201 min read
Immigration in the news


Since COVID 19 hit our shores a constant stream of media articles has highlighted the impact on so many lives due to the border closure and suspension of visa processing for anyone overseas. Partners, children, and families separated from each other, workers stuck overseas unable to get back to their jobs, employers frustrated they cannot get skilled workers into New Zealand and numerous projects delayed. The list goes on.

When will it get better?

The border is not opening anytime soon. The reality is until a vaccine is found, or the virus disappears, we must adjust to a new way of people entering New Zealand in very limited numbers. Kiwis are enjoying more freedom than most around the world because of a huge effort by the whole country to keep the virus out of the community. No one wants to lose those gains.

For now, tourists, international students and some overseas workers will not be able to cross the border.

There is unlikely to be any significant changes to immigration rules this side of the general election on 19 September. Once the next government is in power it may take time for changes to go live. Meantime queues for visas keep growing.

Immigration has always been a complex area and often people believe it is so simple until it is too late when the visa gets declined. Now more than ever engaging a reputable and experienced professional to navigate through the maze is the only logical way to minimize risk, stress and wasted money.

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Update

The Green List

From September 2022 people holding job offers in a small number of occupations may apply for residence. Some occupations are a direct pathway to residence and others require a period of two years or longer before applying.

There are qualification and/or occupational registration requirements to meet. Establishing if an overseas qualification matches the NZ equivalent qualification before applying is paramount for success.

Read more here.

16 May 22
Update

Work Visa Categories Closing

The work visa categories set to close are:

  • Essential Skills Work Visa
  • Essential Skills Work Visa – approval in principle
  • Work to Residence (Talent – Accredited Employer)
  • Work to Residence (Long Term Skills Shortage)
  • Silver Fern Job Search Work Visa (closed October 2019)
  • Silver Fern Practical Experience Work Visa.
10 Feb 22
Update

Policy Decision Key Dates in 2022

  • February 13. Fully vaccinated Kiwis plus certain other travellers entering NZ from the rest of the world* can skip MIQ.
  • April 30. The border starts a phased reopen to fully vaccinated foreign nationals.
  • April 30. The Productivity Commission reports back to the government on immigration settings.
  • May 9. Applications open for mandatory Employer Accreditation.

*Excludes high-risk countries.

16 Dec 21