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Planning to be a skilled migrant or bring mum and dad to NZ?

Skilled migrants - the clock is ticking. If you have been considering applying for residence to secure a future in New Zealand then now is the time to lodge an Expression of Interest (EOI). Do not delay. Proposed law changes expected to be passed next week.

08/05/20201 min read
Planning to be a skilled migrant or bring mum and dad to NZ?


Skilled migrants - the clock is ticking.

If you have been considering applying for residence to secure a future in New Zealand then now is the time to lodge an Expression of Interest (EOI). Do not delay.

Proposed law changes expected to be passed next week are a clear signal by the government to suspend the EOI system for up to 3 months. This may lead to other changes such as the pass mark or eligibility criteria. There are already over 11,000 Skilled Migrant residence applications in the queue covering around 30,000 people. Many have been waiting for over a year to be processed. Does the government want to attract more applications when they have huge numbers already in the queue and an expected sharp rise in unemployment? On top of this Immigration NZ has limited capacity to process EOIs and residence applications right now.

Lodging an EOI is not a guarantee you will be invited to apply for residence in the future. However, delaying may mean unexpected rule changes and pathways to lodge an EOI closed when you do want to move forward.


Parents wanting to become residents.

The same advice applies if you were planning to bring your parents to New Zealand. Lodge an EOI now before this pathway closes for up to 3 months.

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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