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
Measuring Migrants

Measuring Migrants

This year the Government tasked the New Zealand Productivity Commission to “investigate and recommend immigration settings that are fit for the future”.

07 Dec 2021 • Richard Howard
Reconnecting New Zealand – the next steps

Reconnecting New Zealand – the next steps

Fully vaccinated New Zealanders will find it easier to come home from January 2022, with foreign nationals to follow from April onwards, the Government has announced.

24 Nov 2021 • Hon Chris Hipkins, COVID-19 Response Minister
Accredited Employer Work Visa back in the limelight

Accredited Employer Work Visa back in the limelight

After months of speculation, uncertainty, and a last-minute U-turn on the scheduled mandatory Employer Accreditation, the Government has confirmed the Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) will now be introduced on 4 July 2022.

15 Nov 2021 • Tim Howard
Employers – fasten those seatbelts!

Employers – fasten those seatbelts!

The new 2021 Resident Visa will transform the migrant workforce landscape in New Zealand forever – as will the new work visa changes now being introduced in 2022. Employers should understand what these changes mean for them and prepare for the ride ahead!

11 Nov 2021 • Richard Howard
The Parent Retirement Residence category is still open!

The Parent Retirement Residence category is still open!

Although offshore temporary visa applications are largely suspended, Parent Residence Retirement applications can still be lodged and be processed by the Immigration New Zealand.

26 Oct 2021 • Richard Howard
YES Minister!

YES Minister!

The One-off 2021 Resident Visa is great news for employers who have had to deal with a multitude of policy changes and visa uncertainty over the past 18 months.

18 Oct 2021 • Richard Howard
Government provides certainty to working holiday and seasonal visa holders and employers for summer

Government provides certainty to working holiday and seasonal visa holders and employers for summer

Working Holiday and Supplementary Seasonal Employment work visas will be extended for six months.

13 Oct 2021 • Hon Kris Faafoi, Minister of Immigration