Immigration News

Migrants and students feel cheated over residence visa decision

People who missed out on one of the 165,000 residence visas are cursing their bad luck at not being on the right visa on the right day. Among those also feeling aggrieved are those still working for New Zealand companies from overseas – and with valid visas – but who are excluded from the immigration […]

Cautious optimism over fast-track visa option for 165,000 migrants

New Zealand will welcome five times its usual number of new residents by the end of next year in what the government describes as the “biggest immigration decision in living memory”. Immigration Minister Kris Faafio said he wanted 165,000 migrants and their families to make New Zealand their home, a move welcomed by the business, […]

Immigration New Zealand shuts its Beijing office

Visa processing at what used to be New Zealand’s largest immigration centre has closed. Before the pandemic, the Beijing office decided half of all temporary visas – about 10,000 a week. Withdrawing visa processing from China ends a long programme of overseas office closures, including in India, South Africa and the Philippines in March. The […]

‘Be Kind’ doesn’t translate to the immigration ‘reset’

Immigration is becoming a serious concern for many. Last month, Immigration New Zealand cancelled 50,000 temporary visa applications, including overseas partners of New Zealanders. INZ has also ceased processing any applications for anyone overseas, with a few exceptions. According to Licensed Immigration Adviser Ankur Sabharwal, There are around 5000 post-study work visa (PSWV) holders have […]

‘Give us some hope’ – former NZDF interpreter to Government.

According to an Afghan interpreter who worked for the New Zealand Defence Force more than 500 people in Afghanistan eligible to come to New Zealand have been left to their own fate after a bombing at Kabul Airport put an end to further New Zealand Defence Force evacuation flights. Today marks the last day of […]

Government benefits for migrants to end today

Emergency benefits for migrants are being axed from today – and advocates say the timing could not be worse. The Ministry of Social Development has been providing benefits to migrants since it took over from a Red Cross support scheme last year. Advice on the Ministry of Social Development website says those still needing support […]

New Zealand partnership visa two-tier system frustrating for couples split by Covid-19

New Zealand citizens and residents say the government’s solution to reuniting them with their overseas partners has led to unexpected, unfair and dangerous consequences. Some are crying foul over a two-tier system allowing border exemptions to partners from richer visa-waiver countries. Those left out of the exemptions say they are resorting to flying into Covid-19 […]

Employers urged to focus on health needs, housing for seasonal workers

An organisation supporting workers from the Pacific Islands wants employers to ensure staff are well looked after as the seasonal worker scheme starts up again. The government will bring in 2000 Recognised Seasonal Employer, or RSE, workers into the country to help with harvests. Growers must pay isolation facility costs for each worker and also […]

Rural contractors issue dire warning over lack of access to skilled migrant workers

One week since managed isolation bookings became mandatory to enter the country, capacity for the country’s border hotels is at a pinch point, with most returnees facing at least seven-week waits. Crop growers around the country breathed a sigh of relief in September when the government granted more than 200 critical worker visas to machinery […]

Immigration changes: Landscape shifts for workers, visitors and employers

Analysis – No fewer than five announcements in the last week have changed the immigration landscape for some workers, visitors and employers. Some partners of New Zealanders and temporary visa holders stuck overseas were given respite, and Labour announced it wants to give 10 percent of managed isolation facilities over to skilled foreign workers and […]