The Productivity Commission into immigration – was it worth it?

The Productivity Commission into immigration – was it worth it?

The Productivity Commission recently released its (120 page) report into New Zealand’s immigration settings. But was it worth it?

22 Jul 2022 • Richard Howard
2021 Resident Visa processing – update

2021 Resident Visa processing – update

The One-Off 2021 Resident Visa will close soon on Sunday 31 July 2022 at 11.59pm and eligible applicants MUST apply by this deadline.

19 Jul 2022 • Richard Howard
The immigration balancing act…

The immigration balancing act…

The Government recently announced the rebalancing of immigration set tings. It is fair to say this was not - quite the immigration “reset” we had all been waiting on for the last 6 months.

01 Jul 2022 • Richard Howard
Broadened criteria for returning visa holders

Broadened criteria for returning visa holders

The Government is broadening the ability for residence class visa holders to re-enter New Zealand.

03 May 2022 • Hon Chris Hipkins, Minister for COVID-19 Response
Employers must be accredited with INZ from 4 July

Employers must be accredited with INZ from 4 July

From 4 July 2022, all employers who are wishing to employ a migrant worker must first obtain accreditation with Immigration New Zealand.

02 May 2022 • Richard Howard
Government reopens New Zealand for tourism

Government reopens New Zealand for tourism

The Government is bringing forward the date for opening the border to tourists in time for the Australian school holidays.

16 Mar 2022 • Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister
Border Opening Update – 2 March 2022

Border Opening Update – 2 March 2022

The Government is removing the self-isolation requirements for vaccinated travellers to New Zealand and enabling Kiwis to come here from the rest of the world sooner.

07 Mar 2022 • Martin King
The Borders are Opening – so what can employers expect now?

The Borders are Opening – so what can employers expect now?

Very soon after our article last month highlighting the need to open New Zealand’s border - the Government announced its five-step plan to do exactly that!

03 Mar 2022 • Richard Howard
Border to reopen in stages from 27 February

Border to reopen in stages from 27 February

The New Zealand border will reopen to vaccinated Kiwis and other current eligible travellers in the Government's Reconnecting New Zealand plan.

03 Feb 2022 • Hon Chris Hipkins, COVID-19 Response Minister & Hon Kris Faafoi, Immigration Minister
We are starving ourselves of talent – it’s time to open the borders!

We are starving ourselves of talent – it’s time to open the borders!

The rest of the world has opened and the lure of higher salaries, combined with less barriers to entry, is now making it very hard for New Zealand to compete in the global war on talent.

02 Feb 2022 • Richard Howard
What a Year!

What a Year!

In 2020, we were all presented with the unknown, both in our business and in our personal lives. However, after 30 years in business 2021 has been our most challenging year ever.

22 Dec 2021 • Richard Howard
Changes to INZ processing residence applications following High Court decision

Changes to INZ processing residence applications following High Court decision

The judgment addressed a number of legal issues, scrutinising INZ decision-making in response to the snap legislative changes made during the early stages of COVID-19.

21 Dec 2021 • Charlotte Summers