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Thursday March 1, 2018
If you’re in New Zealand on a work visa and your employment circumstances change, it can be a stressful time filled with uncertainty. The good news is, you can update your work visa to match your new job offer! Work visas granted under the Post-Study Employer Assisted and the Essential skills categories have your job, the company you work for, and the location of your job listed on them. If you receive a new job offer you cannot start working until you have updated your existing work visa. A Variation of Conditions updates your work visa without extending its length.
Friday February 2, 2018
On 15 January 2018 Immigration New Zealand increased the salary bands for Essential Skills work visa and Skilled Migrant residency visa applications.
The increases are slight, and come about because the remuneration thresholds are indexed against the New Zealand median income. In September 2017, Statistics New Zealand announced that the average earnings from salaries and wages was $50,000. Previous INZ salary bands had the minimum salary at $48,859, hence the need for an increase.
Tuesday April 4, 2017
From 1 April 2017, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) will enforce stand down periods for employing migrants for any employer who incurs employment standards-related penalties.
This new regime is designed to protect migrant workers from exploitation. This group of employees are more vulnerable than domestic workers who enjoy protection from the existing regulations and penalties.
Monday March 20, 2017
A new visa called the Global Impact Visa (“GIV”) aims to attract highly talented, successful and well connected entrepreneurs to establish ventures in New Zealand.
The key benefit of the GIV is that it offers flexibility to attract innovative global entrepreneurs, investors and start up teams who are not covered under the existing investor and entrepreneur visa categories.
Thursday October 2, 2014
If you are visiting New Zealand for three months or less, and you are from a visa waiver country (see link below for a list of visa waiver countries), you will not need to apply for a visitor visa before arriving in New Zealand as long as the purpose of the visit is for a 'lawful purpose'. Click the heading above to read more.
Thursday September 18, 2014
Many people have been caught by a law which allows Immigration to try to deport residents who have committed very minor offences. It’s quite easy to get into this situation and a lot harder to get out. Click the heading above to find out more.
Friday November 22, 2013
Immigration New Zealand has provided the following information about the implementation of label-less visas for Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. From 11 November 2013, Immigration New Zealand (INZ) will be granting label-less visas when approving temporary (visitor, student and work) visa applications for nationals of Japan, applying from their home country. Label-less visas for nationals of South Korea and Taiwan who apply from their home countries and are approved temporary visas will be implemented shortly thereafter.
Thursday October 3, 2013
Click the heading above to find out how to apply for Skilled Migrant category for residence.