Visa Process

Avoid the risks and use a Licensed Immigration Adviser

Recently an Auckland-based business man was charged with 13 offences by the Immigration Advisers Authority (IAA) for knowingly providing immigration advice without being licensed or exempt. The alleged offending included advising clients to mislead New Zealand authorities.

This case offers an important reminder for people looking to immigrate to New Zealand to always use a licensed immigration adviser. Licensed immigration advisers are required to be competent in their practice in immigration advice and are required to a follow a professional code of conduct relating to the advice they supply.

Unlawful immigration advice can cause significant stress and problems for visa applicants, not to mention putting you out of pocket or putting your dreams of moving to New Zealand in serious jeopardy.

Migration Associates now employ five licensed immigration advisers who are all registered with IAA. Our team are well-versed in New Zealand immigration laws and specialise in helping those who wish to live and work in New Zealand with their visa applications.

Start your New Zealand visa application today with our free initial visa evaluation.

Are you planning to travel to New Zealand? New requirements may affect you and your family

New Zealand is introducing a new travel requirement that will affect many international travellers coming to New Zealand. From 1 October 2019, most visitors to New Zealand will need to request an NZETA (New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority) to enter the country. The NZETA will enable travellers from 60 visa-waiver countries to stay in NZ for up to three months, or up to 6 months for United Kingdom citizens. The NZETA must be applied for and issued before people travel to New Zealand.

Who must hold an NZETA before travelling to New Zealand? 

  • People visiting or in transit from a visa-waiver country — that is, a country whose passport holders do not need to get a visa before they arrive in New Zealand. This will include United Kingdom citizens.

  • People travelling on a passport from a transit visa-waiver country, and who will be in transit through Auckland International Airport’s transit lounge on the way to another country.

  • Permanent residents of Australia.

  • Cruise ship passengers from all countries will need to apply for an NZeTA.

How long will my NZETA be valid for?

The NZeTA is valid for multiple entries to New Zealand for two years

When do I need to apply for the NZETA?

It will take up to 72 hours for your application to assessed, so anyone coming to New Zealand should request their NZETA in plenty of time.

How much will the NZETA costs?

Application can be made online via an official app or on the Immigration New Zealand website. There is a small fee. 

  • $9 for requests made through the NZeTA app

  • $12 for requests made through the Immigration NZ website.

When a person requests an NZeTA, there will be an additional and automatic charge for an International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL).

Therefore the total payment will be:

  • $44 for requests made through the NZeTA app

  • $47 for requests made through the Immigration NZ website.

 What are these additional fees for?

The number of visitors to New Zealand has grown strongly over the past few years, and growth is expected to continue. Tourism is an extremely important part of the New Zealand economy.

 Immigration New Zealand states that the NZETA has been introduced to achieve the following purposes:

  •  enhance security and reduce immigration risks

  • address smuggling and biosecurity risks

  • improve the traveller experience

  • support New Zealand’s international relationships and agreements; and

  • adapt to the changing needs and requirements of the government, stakeholders and travellers over time.

The Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL) will raise up to NZ$450 million across the first five years to be used to expand NZ's tourism infrastructure. The funds will also be used to improve the protection of the country's natural environment.

If you have any question regarding the NZETA or would like more information about applying for visas to live and work in New Zealand, please get in touch:

UK Office: +44 (0) 148 355 0920

NZ Office: +64 03 355 1495

Email: info@migrationassociates.co.uk

Migration's Catch 22: Which comes first, the visa or the job?

So you’d like to move to New Zealand, but if you apply for a job the employer requires you to have a work visa. And to apply for a visa, you need to have a job offer. Do you feel like you’re going around in circles?

Unfortunately there’s no simple answer to the scenario, but there is a solution.

The New Zealand immigration process is job led, therefore obtaining an offer of employment is critical to obtaining a work visa and meeting the requirements to apply for residency under the Skilled Migrant Category.

The problem that many people then face is attempting to get a job in New Zealand when they’re on the other side of the world, and convincing employers to give them the opportunity when they don’t yet have a visa in place. What you need to do is make yourself more appealing to a potential employer.

  1. Start your New Zealand Visa Application. By taking the Migration Associates’ free initial visa evaluation form our Licensed Immigration Adviser’s can assess your potential for gaining a New Zealand Visa. By simply getting and understanding of your visa eligibility you will be in a better position immediately, as you’ve taken proactive control of the visa and immigration process that is applicable to you. Once you understand your visa eligibility and time frames you can mention this to any potential employers.

  2. Update your CV into a New Zealand template. This helps your CV to stand out from potentially hundreds of other international candidates who have applied for the same job,. The template provided will allow you to consider details that are relevant to a New Zealand employer, and make it look more familiar to those who will be assessing it. Include in your personal statement that you are seriously committed to immigrating to New Zealand, and show the steps you have taken such as engaging with Migration Associates, or applying for a police certificate, or that you have previously visited New Zealand, for instance.

  3. Ensure you have the right qualifications and are registered with any registration bodies in New Zealand. For example, some trade skills require you to have NZ registration, such as electricians, and you’ll need to have undertaken this registration/training before you can apply. By gaining the relevant qualifications and registration you’ll have a much better chance of being considered as it shows your level of commitment.

  4. Check to see if your skill set is in demand by checking INZ’s Skill Shortage list. If your role is found on a shortage list then your skills are in high demand in New Zealand, and you’ll find it’ll be easier to apply as recruiters and employers have to seek talent from abroad to fill the gaps. Consider whether you would be willing to work in a slightly different industry field if you have previous skills in the area, or whether you need to gain more experience/qualifications to make your skills fit the shortage list.

  5. Ensure you are prepared for interviews. You may need to conduct interviews over Skype or telephone, you may even consider travelling to New Zealand for a face-to-face interview. Being open and accessible makes the hurdle of employing an international candidate seem less daunting for a recruiter, and may just see you get that job.

So the answer to the riddle is that in most cases both visa and job comes at the same time, and you must work on both in parallel. By working with a Licensed Immigration Adviser you can build yourself an immigration strategy that will allow you to take steps on both ladders simultaneously, and eventually achieve your dream of working and living in New Zealand.

Start your New Zealand Visa Application. By taking the Migration Associates’ free initial visa evaluation form our Licensed Immigration Adviser’s can assess your potential for gaining a New Zealand Visa.

Essential Skills in Demand List review

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has completed its annual review of two of the Essential Skills in Demand (ESID) Lists – the Long Term Skill Shortage List (LTSSL) and the Immediate Skill Shortage List (ISSL).

The LTSSL identifies occupations that have an absolute (sustained and ongoing) shortage of skilled workers both globally and throughout New Zealand.  Migrants who gain employment in one of these occupations may be granted a LTSSL Work to Residence or an Essential Skills work visa. Migrants applying for residence under the Skilled Migrant Category may gain bonus points towards their application if they have an offer of employment or work experience in an area of absolute skill shortage identified on the LTSSL.

The outcomes of the review of the LTSSL are to:

Remove five occupations

Anaesthetist
Forest Scientist
Pathologist
Petroleum Engineer
Renal Medicine Specialist

Retain two occupations that were included in the review

Chemical Engineer
Materials Engineer

Immediate Skill Shortage List

The ISSL identifies occupations that have an immediate shortage of skilled workers either throughout New Zealand or in certain regions. Migrants wishing to work in occupations on the ISSL may be granted work visas under Essential Skills instructions if they meet the specified qualifications and/or experience requirements. 

The outcomes of the review of the ISSL are to:

Add 12 occupations

Accountant (General) (a)
Carpenter (b)
Carpenter and Joiner (b)
Fibrous Plasterer (b)
Joiner (b)
Midwife (b)
Motor Mechanic (General) (b)
Panelbeater (b)
Roof Plumber (c)
Roof Tiler (c)
Solid Plasterer (b)
Vehicle Painter (b)

(a) only for the Auckland/Upper North Island, Wellington and Canterbury/Upper South Island regions
(b) for all regions of New Zealand
(c) only for the Auckland/Upper North Island, Waikato/Bay of Plenty, Canterbury/Upper South Island and Otago/Southland regions

Remove five occupations

Dental Technician
Dentist
Medical Laboratory Technician (Phlebotomy and Histology Technicians)
Pharmacy Technician
Poultry Farmer

Retain five occupations that were included in the review

Cardiologist
Ophthalmologist
Metal Casting Trades Worker (Foundry Moulder)
Registered Nurse (Aged Care)
Resident Medical Officer

This applies directly to the Skilled Migrant Category, and if your occupation has been removed it does not necessarily mean that migrants cannot come to New Zealand. Other immigration options are available for employers and prospective migrants, such as the Essential Skills Work Visa. 

The full article can be read here.

If you have any questions on the above, please get in touch with Borey Chum Borey.chum@migrationassociates.co.nz or Rachael Howes rhowes@migrationassociates.co.uk. Alternatively ring the UK office on +44 (0) 148 355 0920

 

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.

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.

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.

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.

New Zealand Residence Programme - Investor (Investor 2 category)

Thursday, 10th November 2016 A selection of Expressions of Interest (EOI) under the Migrant Investment Category, Investor (Investor 2 category), happened on the 10th of November 2016.

12 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
12 3 13

Total number of remaining EOI's in the pool: 28

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).