Immigration News

New Zealand Residence Programme - Investor (Investor 2 category)

**Thursday, 27th of July 2017**
A selection of Expressions of Interest (EOI) under the Migrant Investment Category, Investor (Investor 2 category), happened on the 27th of July 2017.

2 EOIs were choosen from the EOI pool that were able to claim between 50 and 105 points.

The next draw will happen in 2 weeks time. Up to 25 applications with the highest points value will be selected from the draw in 2 weeks and each fortnightly draw going forward untill further notice.

Government appear to make U-turn on Immigration Cuts

Following a backlash from business groups and the regions, the New Zealand Government is likely to tweak some of its planned immigration cuts that were announced back in April this year.

Prime Minister Bill English said this week that the proposals would still "largely" go ahead, but "with some adjustments".

Regional mayors, farming and hospitality groups have voiced their concern to the Government, stating that the proposed rule changes "were a bit tight", he told TVNZ.

 Prime Minister Bill English appearing on TVNZ 1's BreakfastBreakfast.

Prime Minister Bill English appearing on TVNZ 1's BreakfastBreakfast.

The changes were announced in April and include a minimum income of $49,000 for a skilled migrant visa, a 3 year limit for lower skilled workers followed by a stand-down period, as well as stricter rules for the partners and children of workers.

However, critics have disagreed, arguing that it is already hard enough to source workers in industries such as hospitality and farming. 

Prime Minister Bill English said on TVNZ 1's Breakfast he wants the "right balance of skills".

He said there was a strong demand for workers, but they "also want to make sure New Zealanders get the jobs they should be able to get".  

Mr English said the incoming changes would not be scrapped, but they would listen to the feedback given. The new plan will be revealed in the next few weeks. 

You can learn more about the different types of New Zealand visas available on our NZ Visas page. 

Breaking News – Essential Skills Work Visa Changes Announced

The New Zealand government has made decisions on proposals announced in April to the change of policy settings under the Essential Skills Policy. We will be shortly publishing a summary of the changes to take place on August 28th.

For more information on the changes, please visit the following:

More information to follow. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Are you an international graduate wanting to stay in NZ?

International students studying in New Zealand might be considering what to do next and wondering what visa options are available to them and their families in New Zealand.

“If you’re looking for immigration advice about the options you have to stay in New Zealand after your studies, check your adviser is a Licensed Immigration Adviser or exempt person, such as a New Zealand lawyer,” says Registrar of the Immigration Advisers Authority (IAA) Catherine Albiston. The IAA is a New Zealand government body set up to protect individuals and families looking for immigration advice. We are listed on the IAA’s register of licensed immigration advisers.

"If students need personalised immigration help, it is important to only seek it from people who can legally give New Zealand immigration advice,” adds Ms Albiston.

“Holding an immigration adviser licence means the individual has met competency standards and must be professional. Visa applicants need to be honest with Immigration New Zealand and declare any help received when completing a visa application form. If applicants are not honest, the visa application may be declined and Immigration New Zealand may refuse future visa applications.

“Our message to students seeking immigration advice is to check if the person is a Licensed Immigration Adviser or exempt.”

All Immigration Advisers at Migration Associates are licensed by the IAA and visa information is available on our website. If you're a student in need of personalised immigration help, get in touch with our friendly team today and we'll be happy to assist you.

You can also complete our initial visa evaluation form, which will allow us to evaluate your eligibility to qualify for a New Zealand Visa.

IAA International Students in NZ

New Zealand Residence Programme - Investor (Investor 2 category)

Thursday, 13th of July 2017 A selection of Expressions of Interest (EOI) under the Migrant Investment Category, Investor (Investor 2 category), happened on the 13th of July 2017.

5 EOIs were choosen from the EOI pool that were able to claim between 50 and 105 points.

The next draw will happen in 2 weeks time. Up to 25 applications with the highest points value will be selected from the draw in 2 weeks and each fortnightly draw going forward untill further notice.

New Zealand Residence Programme - Investor (Investor 2 category)

Thursday, 27th of April 2017 A selection of Expressions of Interest (EOI) under the Migrant Investment Category, Investor (Investor 2 category), happened on the 27th of April 2017.

32 EOIs were choosen from the EOI pool that were able to claim between 70 and 119 points.

The table below shows an indication of the remaining EOIs in the pool after this weeks selection.

< 60 pts 60-64 65-69
4 5 3

Total number of remaining EOI's in the pool: 12

The next draw will happen in 2 weeks time. The final draw under the current instruction will likely occur on the 19th of May 2017.

Note: EOIs accepted in September 2016 are now being withdrawn from the EOI Pool as they have failed to be selected from the EOI Pool after 6 months (as per Immigration Instructions).

New Zealand Residence Programme - Skilled Migrant Category fortnightly selection

Wednesday, 26th of April 2017 The SMC (Skilled Migrant Category) EOI (Expression of Interest) selection took place at around 1.00pm NZ time on Wednesday the 26th of April 2017.

Please see the table below for the EOI selection:

Selection criteria No. of EOIs
All EOIs with a points total of 160 or more. 462 (871 registrants)
Total Selection 462 (871 registrants)

The next selection from the pool will happen in 2 weeks time.

Shortage of workers prompts massive employment drive in NZ

Construction, manufacturing and other industries in New Zealand are finding it increasingly difficult to recruit suitable workers, which has prompted a huge hiring drive across the country. 

According to Civil Contractors New Zealand (CCNZ), the construction industry will need another 30,000 workers in two years' time. Chief executive Peter Silcock said his group's attention was turning heavily towards training and recruiting a more diverse workforce.

"We need more skilled workers and the reality is that a lot of the training will need to be done on the job, which means that people can earn as they learn." 

A labour crunch in construction were also highlighted in Statistics NZ figures last month, which showed that almost 80 per cent of construction firms reported vacancies in 2016.

If you want to apply your skill set to a working life in New Zealand, complete our free initial visa evaluation form to discover your eligibility.  

Read more about the Civil Contractors New Zealand's findings here

New Zealand Residence Programme - Skilled Migrant Category fortnightly selection

Wednesday, 15th of March 2017 The SMC (Skilled Migrant Category) EOI (Expression of Interest) selection took place at around 1.00pm NZ time on Wednesday the 15th of March 2017.

Please see the table below for the EOI selection:

Selection criteria No. of EOIs
All EOIs with a points total of 160 or more. 464 (904 registrants)
Total Selection 464 (904 registrants)

The next selection from the pool will happen in 2 weeks time.

New Zealand Residence Programme - Skilled Migrant Category fortnightly selection

Wednesday, 1st of March 2017 The Skilled Migrant Category Expression of Interest selection took place at around 1.00pm NZ time on Wednesday the 1st of March 2017.

Please see the table below for the EOI selection:

Selection criteria No. of EOIs
All EOIs with a points total of 160 or more. 432 (820 registrants)
Total Selection 432 (820 registrants)

The next selection from the pool will happen in 2 weeks time.

New Zealand Residence Programme - Investor (Investor 2 category)

Thursday, 19th of January 2017 A selection of Expressions of Interest (EOI) under the Migrant Investment Category, Investor (Investor 2 category), happened on the 19th of January 2017.

21 EOIs were choosen from the EOI pool that were able to claim between 70 and 85 points.

The table below shows an indication of the remaining EOIs in the pool after this weeks selection.

< 60 pts 61-64 65-69
14 6 12

Total number of remaining EOI's in the pool: 32

The next draw will happen in 2 weeks time.

Note: EOIs accepted in May 2016 are now being withdrawn from the EOI Pool as they have failed to be selected from the EOI Pool after 6 months (as per Immigration Instructions).

New Zealand Residence Programme - Skilled Migrant Category fortnightly selection

Wednesday, 18th of Janurary 2017 The Skilled Migrant Category Expression of Interest selection took place at around 1.00pm NZ time on Wednesday the 18th of Janurary 2017.

Please see the table below for the EOI selection:

Selection criteria No. of EOIs
All EOIs with a points total of 160 or more. 459 (855 registrants)
Total Selection 459 (855 registrants)

The next selection from the pool will happen in 2 weeks time.

Changes to investor policy designed to encourage growth

Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse has said that changes to the migrant investor policy will encourage investments that provide greater economic benefits for New Zealand.

“There’s no doubt the Migrant Investor categories are performing well with $2.9 billion invested since they were launched in July 2009 and a further $2.1 billion in funds committed,” Mr Woodhouse says.

“However, around two thirds of investment is currently placed in bonds and the government believes there is an opportunity to rebalance this towards growth-oriented investments.

“That is why we are making changes to increase the amount and performance of investment while better recognising the non-financial contribution of migrant investors.”

Below are the key changes, which will come into effect in May 2017:

  • Doubling the funds Investor 2 migrants must invest to $3 million
  • Removing the need for Investor 2 migrants to hold $1 million in settlement funds
  • Recognising higher levels of business experience and English language skills through changes in the points system
  • Increasing the annual cap of approved Investor 2 migrants from 300 to 400.
  • Rewarding investment in growth-oriented investment with incentives such as bonus points, priority processing, and a financial discount.

Mr Woodhouse said “Many investors tend to move into growth focused investments as they become more familiar with the New Zealand environment. These changes will encourage them to do so earlier in the process while incentivising investments that deliver greater economic benefits for New Zealand,”.

For more information on the Migrant Investor Programme, click here.

New Zealand Residence Programme - Investor (Investor 2 category)

Thursday, 22nd December 2016 A selection of Expressions of Interest (EOI) under the Migrant Investment Category, Investor (Investor 2 category), happened on the 22nd of December 2016.

21 EOIs were choosen from the EOI pool that were able to claim between 70 and 83 points.

The table below shows an indication of the remaining EOIs in the pool after this weeks selection.

< 60 pts 61-64 65-69
11 5 10

Total number of remaining EOI's in the pool: 26

The next draw will happen in 2 weeks time.

Note: EOIs accepted in May 2016 are now being withdrawn from the EOI Pool as they have failed to be selected from the EOI Pool after 6 months (as per Immigration Instructions).

New Zealand Residence Programme - Skilled Migrant Category fortnightly selection

Wednesday, 21st of December 2016 The Skilled Migrant Category Expression of Interest selection took place at around 1.00pm NZ time on Wednesday the 21st of December 2016.

Please see the table below for the EOI selection:

Selection criteria No. of EOIs
All EOIs with a points total of 160 or more. 395 (791 registrants)
Total Selection 395 (791 registrants)

The next selection from the pool will happen in 2 weeks time.

New Zealand Residence Programme - Skilled Migrant Category fortnightly selection

Wednesday, 7th of December 2016 The Skilled Migrant Category Expression of Interest selection took place at around 1.00pm NZ time on wednesday the 7th of December 2016.

Please see the table below for the EOI selection:

Selection criteria No. of EOIs
All EOIs with a points total of 160 or more. 369 (712 registrants)
Total Selection 369 (712 registrants)

The next selection from the pool will happen in 2 weeks time.

New Zealand Residence Programme - Investor (Investor 2 category)

Thursday, 24th November 2016 A selection of Expressions of Interest (EOI) under the Migrant Investment Category, Investor (Investor 2 category), happened on the 24th of November 2016.

16 EOIs were choosen from the EOI pool that were able to claim between 70 and 155 points.

The table below shows an indication of the remaining EOIs in the pool after this weeks selection.

< 60 pts 61-64 65-69
12 4 14

Total number of remaining EOI's in the pool: 30

The next draw will happen in 2 weeks time.

Note: EOIs accepted in April 2016 are now being withdrawn from the EOI Pool as they have failed to be selected from the EOI Pool after 6 months (as per Immigration Instructions).

New Zealand Residence Programme - Skilled Migrant Category fortnightly selection

Wednesday, 23rd of November 2016 The Skilled Migrant Category Expression of Interest selection took place at around 1.00pm NZ time on wednesday the 23rd of November 2016.

Please see the table below for the EOI selection:

Selection criteria No. of EOIs
All EOIs with a points total of 160 or more. 415 (808 registrants)
Total Selection 415 (808 registrants)

The next selection from the pool will happen in 2 weeks time.

New Zealand Residence Programme - Skilled Migrant Category fortnightly selection

Wednesday, 9th of November 2016 The Skilled Migrant Category Expression of Interest selection took place at around 1.00pm NZ time on wednesday the 9th of November 2016.

Please see the table below for the EOI selection:

Selection criteria No. of EOIs
All EOIs with a points total of 160 or more. 334 (675 registrants)
Total Selection 334 (675 registrants)

The next selection from the pool will happen in 2 weeks time.