May 10, 2021

Changes to work visas for employees and employers: Introduction to the accredited employer work visa

– 10 May 2021 On 7 May 2021 Immigration New Zealand (“INZ”) announced the changes to employer assisted work visas and accredited employer policies. The main changes coming into effect are that six employer assisted work visas will become one type of work visa and that any employer assisting with a work visa application must now be accredited.  These changes do not affect open work visas such as the partnership-based work visa or the post-study: open work visa.   Work Visas: The six work visas with will be removed and replaced with the new Accredited Employer Work Visa (“AEWV”) are […]
January 28, 2021

Update to Border Exceptions for students

  In October 2020, the Government announced an exception to the border closure for international PhD and postgraduate students.  This new category was for an allowance of 250 international students to return to New Zealand to continue their studies.   Students applying under this exception must hold or have held a visa to study in New Zealand in 2020 but were unable to entre the country due to the COVID-19 restrictions. The exception does not apply to new students looking to enter the country to start their studies.   Due to the limited number of positions available under this category, […]
November 26, 2020

Bloomberg report ranks New Zealand as the best country to be in during the COVID-19 era

  Bloomberg have recently released a report that compares countries to each other by measuring how well they perform under ten COVID-19 metrics. The metrics include the number of cases of the virus, deaths from the virus, and more. These metrics are used to calculate a resilience score to depict how well that country is performing under the virus. New Zealand has proudly taken the number one spot on that list, beating other top performers such as Japan, Taiwan, and South Korea. New Zealand has been praised for its quick and decisive action in face of COVID-19, which includes completely […]
July 12, 2020

Labour Market Test

– 13 July 2020 The local labour market test is a requirement for the Essential Skills work visa, and has been part of the immigration framework for years. This test reflects the general idea that New Zealand as a country would rather have New Zealanders take up employment in any open employment positions, rather than hiring migrant workers to take those spots instead. This means that employers will have to be able to prove that there are no New Zealanders in the area who are able to fill the vacant role at the time of assessment. Employers will have to […]
June 14, 2020

Migrant workers stuck outside of New Zealand

– 15 June 2020 The New Zealand border has been closed since 11:59pm, 19 March 2020. The border closure means that most people cannot enter the country, barring a select few. You can read more about the border closure and who can get an exception here. There are many people who do not qualify as an exception to the border closure policies. People who normally worked and lived in New Zealand on temporary visas, only to find themselves locked out of the country once the borders closed. What can you do if you want to return to New Zealand but […]
January 28, 2020

UPDATE – Parent resident visa category reopens

The Parent Resident Visa (PRV) was a type of visa where parents of New Zealand citizens or residents would be able to live with their New Zealand based children here. The idea behind this visa was to make New Zealand more attractive to highly skilled migrants who would be able to gain residency or citizenship here due to their contribution to New Zealand. These highly skilled migrant workers would be more likely to choose New Zealand as their new home if they knew they could later support their parents to join them. However, this visa was closed in 2016 after […]
January 28, 2020

Another reason to visit New Zealand

When asked to describe New Zealand, many people think of the “clean and green” image that has been advertised by Tourism New Zealand for the last few decades. This is one of the driving forces behind people looking to visit, work or move permanently to New Zealand. Another factor is that Kiwis are generally considered to be a friendly and relaxed people. New Zealand’s natural beauty combined with Kiwis’ affable nature is an alluring drive for tourists and people looking to move to New Zealand. A recent ranking by The Corruption Perceptions Index, a ranking of countries from least to […]
June 16, 2019

SUMMARY OF PROPOSED CHANGES TO WORK VISA CATEGORIES

  Earlier this year, Immigration New Zealand announced that they were going to make changes to work visa applications.  The following briefly outlines some of the key changes that Immigration New Zealand has proposed:   CATEGORIES Old System:  Six temporary work visa categories ( Essential Skills, Work to Residence (long term skill shortage list), Talent (Accredited Employer), Silver Fern (Practical Experience), Silver Fern (Job Search) and Approval in Principal). New System: There will only be one work visa category that will be using a new framework.   EMPLOYER SPECIFIC APPLICATIONS Old System: As part of an employees work visa application under an employer […]
April 4, 2019

Partnership-based visa workshop

Recently, staff from Queen City Law attended a workshop with Immigration New Zealand (“INZ”) in regards to preparing and submitting “decision ready” visa applications under the partnership-based categories.  The workshop was held in INZ’s Hamilton branch.  The Hamilton branch primarily deal with on-shore partnership-based visa applications while off-shore applications are reviewed by branches in Manila, Mumbai and New Delhi to name a few. During this workshop discussions were held between key members of the Hamilton branch on how to prepare an application under the partnership category to the highest quality.  A high quality application, known as a “low touch” application, […]