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Two issues to be aware of here: 1. It’s peak processing time for visas from now until end of March 2019. If you are making an application for a visa it is going to take longer to process. We suggest our help to get it right the first time is a worthwhile investment.

19/12/20181 min read
Immigration NZ an online world


Two issues to be aware of here:

1. It’s peak processing time for visas from now until end of March 2019. If you are making an application for a visa it is going to take longer to process. We suggest our help to get it right the first time is a worthwhile investment. Give us a call.

2. Immigration NZ signalled it would close multiple offices around the world and it has almost completed that action. Our advice is if you have a current resident visa, make sure you have it in your passport (or hold an e-visa) before you travel out of New Zealand. If you have any visa issues offshore they will be harder to fix. You will be reliant on getting online advice from INZ or trying to contact INZ by phone. And we want you to be able to cross the border to come back home to Aotearoa!

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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