Amendment to Immigration Regulations!

From 10 August 2020 to 9 November 2020, persons who are outside New Zealand will no longer be able to apply for a temporary entry class visa.

04 Aug 2020 • Mayank Goel
Trackwork riders – urgent review of work visas required!

Trackwork riders – urgent review of work visas required!

It is great to have horse racing back!! But….the Government has this week announced a range of work visa changes that will significantly, and adversely, impact on the New Zealand horse industry.

17 Jul 2020 • Tim Howard
!!! IMPORTANT !!! Work Visa Changes effective 27 July 2020

!!! IMPORTANT !!! Work Visa Changes effective 27 July 2020

A new Essential Skills Work Visa system will take effect from 27 July 2020. This is part of a dramatic, multi-stage overhaul of the employer-assisted temporary work visa system, which the Government announced last year.

16 Jul 2020 • Richard Howard
Temporary Work Visas extended – and other short-term changes to visa settings

Temporary Work Visas extended – and other short-term changes to visa settings

This week the Government has announced changes to temporary work visa settings. One of these changes is an automatic extension to all existing employer-assisted temporary work visas for people who are in New Zealand and whose visas are due to expire from 10 July to 31 December 2020.

08 Jul 2020 • Richard Howard
Exceptions to border closure effective 18 June 2020

Exceptions to border closure effective 18 June 2020

From 18 June 2020, partners and dependents of New Zealand citizens and residents, who have been separated from their New Zealand-resident relatives, may travel to New Zealand unaccompanied by their New Zealand citizen or resident partners.

19 Jun 2020 • Heidi Thompson
COVID-19 Immigration FAQ

COVID-19 Immigration FAQ

Pathways NZ has compiled a repository of Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 and New Zealand immigration policy. As more questions and answers are added, this page will be updated.

22 May 2020 • Pathways
Work Visa Labour Market Tests even more stringent in response to COVID-19

Work Visa Labour Market Tests even more stringent in response to COVID-19

New Zealand immigration policy is, and will continue to be affected by COVID-19. Essential Skills work visa applicants should be aware – there will be even greater scrutiny around labour market tests from now on.

22 May 2020 • Pathways
Extension granted to residence applicants with an ITA

Extension granted to residence applicants with an ITA

Immigration New Zealand (INZ) have announced extensions for some residence applicants who have received an Invitation to Apply (ITA).

21 May 2020 • Richard Howard
INZ announces new processing priorities as offices reopen

INZ announces new processing priorities as offices reopen

With Alert Level 2 now in effect, INZ has announced new immigration instructions around visa prioritisation. Residence class visa applications will resume processing, and will be prioritised alongside some temporary class applications.

14 May 2020 • Anthony Callaghan
Government to get super powers to address COVID-19 immigration issues

Government to get super powers to address COVID-19 immigration issues

The Immigration (COVID-19 Response) Amendment Bill 2020 is intended to give the Government greater flexibility and capacity to respond to the immigration challenges posed by the COVID-19 outbreak.

05 May 2020 • Richard Howard
Visa processing during Alert Level 3

Visa processing during Alert Level 3

INZ has recently announced a gradual expansion of the visa categories they will be processing. Their offices remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but staff worked remotely during Alert Level 4 and will continue to do so during Alert Level 3.

28 Apr 2020 • Mayank Goel
Essential workers can vary their visa conditions to help fight COVID-19

Essential workers can vary their visa conditions to help fight COVID-19

Work visa holders with employer-specific work visas already employed in essential services will be able to vary their hours and be redeployed to do other roles within their current workplace.

16 Apr 2020 • Richard Howard
Skilled Migrant and Parent Category EOI draws postponed due to COVID-19

Skilled Migrant and Parent Category EOI draws postponed due to COVID-19

INZ have announced the deferral of Expression of Interest (EOI) selections for Skilled Migrant Category and Parent Category residence visas.

08 Apr 2020 • Martin King
Expired and invalid visas: What to do if you are unlawfully in New Zealand

Expired and invalid visas: What to do if you are unlawfully in New Zealand

If you are unlawfully in New Zealand you should urgently seek advice on submitting a Section 61 request to regain your lawful status.

07 Apr 2020 • Charlotte Summers
Immigration and Protection Tribunal still operating – appeal deadlines continue to apply

Immigration and Protection Tribunal still operating – appeal deadlines continue to apply

Despite the current COVID-19 Level 4 Alert, the timeframes for lodgement of appeals to the Immigration and Protect Tribunal (IPT) have not changed.

30 Mar 2020 • Charlotte Summers
Border controls: closures,  exceptions and mandatory quarantine

Border controls: closures, exceptions and mandatory quarantine

NZ have announced immigration instructions, effective on and after 30 March 2020, to allow people not included, or exempt under the current travel ban, to be granted a visa or a Variation of Conditions to travel to New Zealand.

27 Mar 2020 • Charlotte Summers
What are essential businesses?

What are essential businesses?

The Government has provided information about the services considered essential. Businesses carrying out these functions can remain open.

27 Mar 2020 • Charlotte Summers

Prime Minister issues epidemic notice – some temporary visas automatically extended

An epidemic notice has been issued under the Epidemic Preparedness Act 2006, in effect from Thursday 2 April 2020. This means temporary visa holders whose visas were due to expire between 2 April 2020 and 9 July 2020, will receive an automatic visa extension.

24 Mar 2020 • Charlotte Summers

Pathways’ physical offices will remain closed during Alert Level 3

Pathways’ physical offices will remain closed during Alert Level 3, but our immigration advisers will still be available to assist with your visa matters and enquiries.

23 Mar 2020 • Charlotte Summers
What does coronavirus mean for work visas and the future of the New Zealand workforce?

What does coronavirus mean for work visas and the future of the New Zealand workforce?

Policy decisions made during this global health crisis will have far reaching flow on effects, social and economic, the full extent of which remains uncertain. This uncertainty affects everyone in New Zealand (and the world), but it intensifies an uncertainty already inherent to being a work visa holder in New Zealand.

19 Mar 2020 • Charlotte Summers
The wait continues for Residence Visa applicants

The wait continues for Residence Visa applicants

Residence Visa applicants face continued wait times, as INZ struggles to get through lodged applications.

06 Mar 2020 • Charlotte Summers
New Parent Category visa opens on 24 February

New Parent Category visa opens on 24 February

INZ have released the new immigration instructions for the Parent Category visa, coming into effect on 24 February 2020.

12 Feb 2020 • Heidi Thompson
Remuneration thresholds for Skilled Migrant and Essential Skills visas will increase in February

Remuneration thresholds for Skilled Migrant and Essential Skills visas will increase in February

On 24 February 2020, the remuneration or pay rate thresholds for the Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa (SMC) and the Essential Skills Work Visa will increase.

13 Jan 2020 • Anthony Callaghan
Residential Care Officer Pathway  to New Zealand

Residential Care Officer Pathway to New Zealand

Becoming a Residential Care Officer is one possible pathway to live and work in New Zealand.

29 Aug 2019 • Ivy Lou Obillo-Rodriguez
Pathways Hamilton Office  Has Moved

Pathways Hamilton Office Has Moved

From Monday 10 June you will find us at our new office at Level 2, 586 Victoria Street, Hamilton CBD.

07 Jun 2019 • Martin King