In the ever-evolving landscape of New Zealand immigration, several key updates and reminders are shaping the current scenario. As of November 6, 2023
In the ever-evolving landscape of New Zealand immigration, several key updates and reminders are shaping the current scenario. As of November 6, 2023, here’s a brief overview:
1. Employment Agreement Changes: Employment agreements supporting job checks or accredited employer work visa applications can no longer include 90-day trial period clauses.
2. Job Checks Processing: Job checks by Immigration NZ are undergoing thorough scrutiny, taking six weeks or more for processing. Authorities are closely examining the authenticity of job offers and efforts to recruit locally.
3. Document Verification Surge: There is a notable increase in Immigration NZ verifying documents and claims supporting visa applications, resulting in processing delays across various visa categories.
4. Median Wage Assessment: In February 2024, the median wage used for assessing work visa applications is set to increase to $31.61 per hour, unless the new government intervenes. Travelers in December/January are reminded to check visa connections to their passports.
5. Christmas Holiday Visits: For family or friends planning to visit New Zealand during the Christmas holidays, applying for a visa in advance is crucial to avoid potential delays.
6. Revised Skilled Migrant Category: The revised Skilled Migrant category (points system) is now open. However, the qualification benchmark is high, and Immigration NZ anticipates around 700 applications in the first year.
7. Parent Resident Visa: The next selection for the Parent Resident Visa from Expressions of Interest is scheduled for this month. Changes in circumstances may affect eligibility, emphasizing the need for timely advice.
8. Employer-Led Work Visa Extensions: Applications to extend employer-led work visa extensions from 3 to 5 years are currently open. Accuracy and proper documentation are crucial for approval, and engaging an experienced licensed immigration adviser is recommended.
Staying informed and proactive is key for individuals navigating New Zealand’s immigration landscape amid these changes and considerations.
For more information visit immigration.govt.nz