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What will 2021 deliver?

The government has some big decisions to make next year. It remains to be seen what their priorities or timelines are but here is our list of problems needing a fix: Decide the next residence programme (how many resident visas can be issued every year by Immigration NZ).

11/12/20201 min read
What will 2021 deliver?


The government has some big decisions to make next year. It remains to be seen what their priorities or timelines are but here is our list of problems needing a fix:

  • Decide the next residence programme (how many resident visas can be issued every year by Immigration NZ). The last programme expired 31/12/2019 and a decision is long overdue.
  • Instruct Immigration NZ to prioritise the processing of Investor Visa applications. There is almost NZD 3 billion of potential investment funds ready to flow into New Zealand sitting in a slow moving queue in Wellington. These funds along with the amazing people talent behind this wealth will help support our economic recovery.
  • Review border settings for international workers. Employers still struggle to find highly skilled workers locally and need easier access to offshore talent.
  • Reopen selections of Expressions of Interest from the Skilled Migrant and Parent categories. Thousands of people are stuck in limbo not knowing if they have a future in New Zealand which is damaging many families. Time for a transparent solution.
  • Review the Partnership policy (this was included in the Labour party’s election manifesto) as the current policy is decades old and no longer fit for purpose.
  • Review the Entrepreneur policy. We should have an attractive visa for experienced businesspeople who will employ kiwis and create new opportunities. The current policy is not working, and most applications are declined.

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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