Changes in the Residency System

New Zealand has always been a sought-after destination for skilled migrants, with the Skilled Migrant Category (SMC) Resident Visa serving as a pathway for obtaining residence. However, a significant transformation took place as the SMC underwent substantial revisions effective from October 9, 2023. The Transition: From 180 to 6 Points: The previous SMC mandated applicants …

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Net Migration Trends

New Zealand’s migration landscape continues to undergo dynamic shifts, marked by both triumphs and challenges. Recent data from Stats NZ, released in October, paints a vivid picture of a nation experiencing record net migration gains, surging tourism, and the ongoing departure of its own citizens, primarily to Australia. Net Migration Gains and Losses: In 2023, …

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Expansion to the green list

In December 2022, the New Zealand Government initiated a substantial revision of its Immigration Green-List, marking a pivotal moment in addressing skills shortages. The recent changes, effective since December 15 of 2022, have elevated some healthcare professionals to Tier 1, providing a fast track Residence pathway, while also expanding Tier 2 to include new occupations …

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Changes to Median Wage

An important change for migrants will take effect in February 2024, whеn Immigration New Zealand adjusts the median pay ratе from $29.66 pеr hour to $31.61 pеr hour. This change will impact multiple immigration paths linked to New Zealand’s median wage, such as the Skilled Migrant Category and Green List residence pathways, as well as …

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To recognise the immense contribution migrants have made to New Zealand during COVID-19 and the uncertainty they’ve faced with closed borders and necessary changes to immigration settings, the Government has today announced a new one-off residence category, the 2021 Resident Visa. This is a celebration worthy news release.  It means that a large number of …


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

The Immigration Minister, Hon Kris Faafoi today announced further visa changes, to help manage the ongoing labour shortages, while New Zealand’s COVID-19 border restrictions remain in place. These changes will provide employers with some assurance, that they can continue to access the current onshore workforce to help fill roles. It will also put the minds …

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