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Requirement changes This morning, the Minister announced significant changes to work visa requirements. These changes will benefit both migrants and their employers, by easily enabling migrants to obtain further work visas to continue in their existing employment. From Monday, a migrant can apply More »
Of late, several examples of immigrant exploitation have worked their way through the Employment Relations Authority and the Employment Court. These have prompted numerous media reports, and it seems, the beginnings of some significant change. Under the current immigration system, a migrant More »
The new employer accreditation regime will come into effect in late September 2021. This new scheme will be compulsory for any employers wishing to support migrants to obtain or renew work visas, from 1 November. Whilst these changes are important to all business operators, franchisees need to take More »
Last Friday evening, Immigration New Zealand, announced changes affecting Essential Skills work visa applications, and Resident visa applications made under the Skilled Migrant Category. Essential Skills work visas Changes to “stand down” period from 10 June 2021 - The stand-down period More »
Immigration New Zealand (INZ) finally released initial details about the Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) category, and the corresponding Employer Accreditation scheme, on Friday 7 May. In brief, the AEWV Category replaces six existing work visa categories, including the commonly-used Essential More »
Over the last twenty years in particular, New Zealand’s population and working age labour force has been buffeted by a steady net gain in immigrant arrivals. In March 2020, with the closing of our borders, the tap that allows New Zealand’s steady flow of immigration was all but turned More »
End of year checklist for employers With the end of the year approaching, businesses are looking at wrapping up before the Christmas break. We have put together a checklist of things for employers to keep in mind. 1. Payment during closedown periods The recent employment court decision of Labour More »
Offshore resident visa holders Changes have been made to enable New Zealand residents who are currently stuck offshore to maintain their residency while border restrictions remain. This means New Zealand residents who need to travel to New Zealand to activate their visa or those with visas whose More »
The Government has announced that certain individuals who currently hold a visitor visa which is due to expire between 4 September 2020 and 31 October 2020 (and are in New Zealand), will shortly be receiving a 5-month extension to their visas. Earlier in April, the Government extended temporary More »
The New Zealand government has recently further clarified the exemption to the border closure for 'other critical workers', along with easing restrictions for partners or dependent children of New Zealand citizens or residents who are currently based offshore. Individuals will no longer be More »
The flow on economic effects of COVID-19 have now well and truly been felt throughout several key sectors in New Zealand. Arguably none more so than tourism and hospitality, who rely heavily on the steady stream of migrant labour in New Zealand. Immigration New Zealand's (INZ) recent More »
Does an employer have to pay the subsidy (and/or more) to an employee who is struck overseas? The COVID-19 pandemic has stranded tens of thousands of people, with border closures here in New Zealand and overseas. The New Zealand border is closed to most travellers but New Zealand citizens and More »
It has been announced that over the next 14 months, Immigration New Zealand will be making comprehensive changes to the way in which New Zealand employers recruit migrants. Currently, there are six different temporary work visa pathways by which migrants can secure a work visa. By 2021, these More »
On Monday 7 October 2019, the Government announced the reopening of the Parent Resident Visa category with some changes. The category is set to reopen from February 2020. Expressions of interest (EOIs) can be made from that time, with the first EOIs being selected in May 2020. Selections will be More »
Background 2019 is seeing major policy changes proposed by the Government that will affect the six most commonly utilised work visa categories. This will place obligations on all employers wishing to recruit foreign workers to become accredited under one of three new categories. There will also be More »
Partnership visas can be applied for by the following classes of persons: Partners of New Zealand citizens or New Zealand resident visa holders; Partners of some work visa holders (subject to certain exceptions); Partners of some student visa holders (subject to certain exceptions); and Partners of More »
2019 is seeing major changes being proposed by the Government that will affect the six most commonly utilised work visa categories. This will place obligations on all employers wishing to recruit foreign workers to become accredited under one of three new categories. There will also be four new More »