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Skilled Migrant category update

Immigration NZ is now processing residence applications in the non-priority queue that were lodged in May 2019. In the priority queue applications are going straight onto Immigration Officers' desks to be processed. For more information on the two queues read our previous article here.

11/12/20201 min read
Skilled Migrant category update


Immigration NZ is now processing residence applications in the non-priority queue that were lodged in May 2019. In the priority queue applications are going straight onto Immigration Officers' desks to be processed.

For more information on the two queues read our previous article here.

There will be a general slowdown in processing over the holidays but this normally picks back up around mid-January.

There are over 5,000 Expressions of Interest sitting in the pool. With no selections out of the pool since March 2020 this number will only keep growing.

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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