Extended Essential Skills visas being rolled out

Extended Essential Skills visas being rolled out

The Government is increasing the duration of some Essential Skills visas and streamlining the application process to provide more certainty to employers and visa holders while COVID border restrictions remain in place.

16 Jul 2021 • Hon Kris Faafoi, Minister of Immigration
NZ Labour skills shortages don’t need to be like Game of Thrones!

NZ Labour skills shortages don’t need to be like Game of Thrones!

In previous articles we have commented that, with the border closed, the availability of skilled workers would become a growing business challenge.

14 Jul 2021 • Richard Howard
Employers – start your engines!

Employers – start your engines!

From 1 November, the new Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) replaces six existing work visa categories, and all employers employing migrant workers on an AEWV must first become accredited by Immigration New Zealand.

01 Jul 2021 • Richard Howard
Visa extensions provide certainty to employers and 10,000 visa holders

Visa extensions provide certainty to employers and 10,000 visa holders

Around 10,000 Working Holiday visas and Supplementary Seasonal Employment (SSE) work visas due to expire between 21 June 2021 and 31 December 2021 will be extended for another six months to help manage ongoing labour shortages while New Zealand’s COVID-19 border restrictions remain in place.

10 Jun 2021 • Hon Kris Faafoi, Minister of Immigration
What you need to know before you apply for New Zealand citizenship

What you need to know before you apply for New Zealand citizenship

Becoming a citizen is the final step in the immigration process. If you are currently a New Zealand resident and you want to have all the security and rights that come with being born in New Zealand, you should consider applying for citizenship.

31 May 2021 • Ramandeep Kaur
New work visa changes – the clock is ticking…

New work visa changes – the clock is ticking…

On 1 November 2021, Immigration New Zealand (INZ) will introduce the Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV): a single work visa to replace six of the existing work visas categories. Whether you are an employer or a migrant worker, the Accredited Employer Work Visa will impact you.

14 May 2021 • Richard Howard
What are the differences between New Zealand citizenship and New Zealand residence?

What are the differences between New Zealand citizenship and New Zealand residence?

We are often asked this question by our New Zealand resident clients as they consider whether there is any benefit in taking up New Zealand citizenship.

11 May 2021 • Ramandeep Kaur
Productivity Commission inquiry into immigration settings

Productivity Commission inquiry into immigration settings

The Productivity Commission will hold an inquiry into immigration settings to ensure New Zealand’s long term prosperity and wellbeing, Grant Robertson and Kris Faafoi say. A final report on the findings is due in 12 months on 30 April 2022.

03 May 2021 • Hon Grant Robertson, Minister of Finance & Hon Kris Faafoi, Minister of Immigration
What is the difference between Resident Visa and Permanent Resident Visa?

What is the difference between Resident Visa and Permanent Resident Visa?

People often get confused between resident visa and permanent visa. While both visas allow the holder to live, work and study in New Zealand indefinitely, resident visa holders need to meet the travel conditions unlike permanent resident visa holders.

27 Apr 2021 • Mayank Goel
Border exceptions will see more families reunited

Border exceptions will see more families reunited

Hundreds more families who were separated by the border closure will be reunited under new border exceptions announced today, Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi said.

19 Apr 2021 • Hon Kris Faafoi, Minister of Immigration