Government eases visa restrictions for visitors in New Zealand

Government eases visa restrictions for visitors in New Zealand

Visitor visa holders will be able to stay in New Zealand a little longer as the Government eases restrictions for those still here, the Minister of Immigration has announced.

19 Feb 2021 • Hon Kris Faafoi, Minister of Immigration
Changes to INZ policy around Dairy Cattle Farmer ANZSCO occupations

Changes to INZ policy around Dairy Cattle Farmer ANZSCO occupations

INZ have announced changes to Immigration Policy when it comes to assessing applications from some occupations under the heading of Dairy Cattle Farmers. The amendment means that some occupations previously not classified as ‘skilled’, now are.

11 Feb 2021 • Ivy Lou Obillo-Rodriguez
Moving to New Zealand permanently? – Import your household effects tax-free

Moving to New Zealand permanently? – Import your household effects tax-free

If you are a first time migrant to New Zealand, or are moving back to New Zealand after having been away for more than 21 months, and you have a right to residence here, you may be able to import your household effects without having to pay import duty or GST.

28 Jan 2021 • Martin King
Looking ahead to the year to come

Looking ahead to the year to come

It has been a year of constant change and adjustment in the immigration sector, and we look to 2021 with hope and optimism that some stability can be reclaimed. The Briefing for the Incoming Minister for Immigration gives some idea of what to expect.

23 Dec 2020 • Richard Howard
If time travel is possible, where are the tourists from the future?

If time travel is possible, where are the tourists from the future?

No this isn’t some untapped market helping the fortunes of our struggling tourism industry, it’s a question Stephen Hawking posed when discussing the possibility of time travel. It’s also a segue taking you back to January 2020 and the burning issue for employers. “Where are the skilled workers?"

21 Dec 2020 • William Durning
The Xmas present New Zealand really needs is sitting in Santa’s sleigh but…

The Xmas present New Zealand really needs is sitting in Santa’s sleigh but…

New Zealand’s profile throughout the world has been raised by the collective endeavour and success of the “team of 5 million” in combatting the COVID crisis. This profile has attracted over $2 billion in investment via the Investor residence pathway. Our Xmas present is sitting in Santa’s sleigh postmarked for Aotearoa – but will it be delivered?

18 Dec 2020 • Richard Howard
ENZ Recognised Agency

ENZ Recognised Agency

Pathways to New Zealand Ltd is very pleased to have its Recognised Agency accreditation renewed by Education New Zealand (ENZ) to February 2022.

15 Dec 2020 • Julia Zhang
Seat belts on – the immigration landscape is changing.

Seat belts on – the immigration landscape is changing.

The Government’s immigration focus over the past seven months has been on “border control” and with the myriad of challenges this has delivered. During this period Immigration policy settings changed frequently, and sometimes several times a week. More changes are on the horizon!

18 Nov 2020 • Richard Howard
Higher threshold for partnership visas?

Higher threshold for partnership visas?

The underlying criteria for a partnership-based residence visa is that an applicant must be living together for 12 months or more in a genuine and stable partnership with a New Zealand citizen or resident. However, this current threshold is low in comparison to other countries.

10 Nov 2020 • Heidi Thompson
Permanent Resident Visa applications

Permanent Resident Visa applications

From 27 October 2020, Immigration New Zealand has resumed processing of Permanent Resident Visa applications, including where the principal applicant is currently offshore.

30 Oct 2020 • Maggie Ma