News

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Changes to the residence programme and selection process

As of 12/10/2016 there are two changes to the residence programme. The points threshold for automatic selection has been increased from 140 to 160 from 12 October 2016 (regardless of whether...

Continue Reading 12/10/2016
Visitor Visa Applications for SA Travellers

South Africa has lost its visa waiver free status as from 21 November 2016, and it will have some serious implications for visiting South Africans. All visitors must now apply and have a...

Continue Reading 12/10/2016
New Zealand named the most prosperous country in the world

New Zealand has been named as the most prosperous country in the world, beating Australia who came in sixth place. Norway came in second, while third went to Finland, followed by Switzerland...

Continue Reading 20/12/2016
The 20 best places to live overseas

Tired of your old job? Looking for a new environment? There are many reasons to leave your home country in search of greener pastures, but picking where to go can be an overwhelming decision...

Continue Reading 14/10/2016
NZ eighth most positive country in the world

New Zealand has been ranked the eighth most positive country in the world, in a list that measures the positive contribution and good news output of each nation. The country ranked high in...

Continue Reading 12/10/2016
Ranking The World’S Most-Stressed Countries

The first thing to note is that the ranking includes 74 countries only. Comprehensive data could not be found for every country in the world and the ranking is therefore restricted to only...

Continue Reading 08/04/2016
Taxes

Tax is one of those inescapable facts of life, even in New Zealand. At least however the authorities here have developed a tax system that’s comparatively easy to navigate. As well as simplicity, our tax system has the major attractions of predictability...

Continue Reading 07/04/2016
22 photos that show why New Zealand might be the most beautiful country on Earth

New Zealand is without a doubt the most beautiful country I have ever visited. It has it all. The white sands and clear water. The snowy mountains towering over...

Continue Reading 04/04/2016
Kiwis among the happiest in the world

It's official, we are happier than the Aussies, but not as merry as the Scandinavians. The latest version of the World Happiness Report was released today and good old New Zealand was placed...

Continue Reading 18/03/2016
10 Honest Truths About Moving To A Different Country

There is something incredibly romantic about packing your bags and hitting the road. Maybe it’s the promise of adventure, the adrenaline of being in a place where no one knows who you are...

Continue Reading 10/03/2016
Heather du Plessis-Allan: Don't blame immigrants

If you listened to talkback this week you'd know who's to blame for the price of Auckland's houses. It's the immigrants. They've come here with their deep pockets, snapped up multiple houses...

Continue Reading 31/01/2016
Border officials turn away visitors

More than 1300 overseas visitors were denied entry to New Zealand last year, Immigration New Zealand figures show, mostly because border officials did not believe their stated travel purpose...

Continue Reading 21/01/2016
Charges laid against unlicensed immigration adviser from Porirua

The Immigration Advisers Authority (IAA) has laid a total of 10 charges against a Porirua man in the Porirua District Court, following a thorough investigation.

Continue Reading 30/11/2015
Immigration New Zealand’s fees are increasing and a new immigration levy will be introduced

Following a 2015 review of immigration charges, Cabinet has agreed to increase immigration charges by 8.3 per cent overall.

Continue Reading 11/11/2016
A tweak in New Zealand's immigration rules to lure migrants to the regions rather than Auckland

The new rules that began on Sunday give extra points to migrants who start jobs in the regions to go towards the 100-point threshold they require to apply for residence.

Continue Reading 05/11/2015
New Zealand ranked third most creative country in the world

The world-famous "Kiwi ingenuity" has been recognised in a global creativity index that ranks economic growth and sustainable prosperity.

Continue Reading 22/10/2015
Environment special achievement

In what might just be one of the biggest achievements of our Government it announced earlier this week that it was creating a marine reserve around the Kermadec Islands which results in...

Continue Reading 03/10/2015
Most liveable cities: Auckland top 10

This year, Auckland came in at number nine, moving up the ranks one spot from number 10 last year.

Continue Reading 03/10/2015
Top 10 Most Livable Countries in the World

If you have seen the Lord of the Rings trilogy, then you know that New Zealand is a country bestowed with spectacular views and gifted with photogenic landscapes!

Continue Reading 03/10/2015
Top 10 Safest Countries In The World 2015

Everybody wants to see the world, roam around and wander and see different places and appreciate them but the main concern comes in choosing places and to decide that which are safest to visit...

Continue Reading 01/10/2015
Company officials face migrant exploitation charges

Three people involved in the management of an Auckland restaurant chain have been arrested at their homes in the city this morning and charged with offences relating to the exploitation of...

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New medical process initiated

INZ is embarking on a new process for the submission of medicals, which now moves a large amount of the processing of medical certificates via an online system.

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Temporary rule changes for Queenstown Labour Market Test

To reflect particularly strong growth in the tourism industry in the Queenstown region, the Ministers of Tourism and Immigration have agreed to temporarily waive the labour market test...

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Work visa applications not covered by the waiver

ANZSCO Skill level 4-5 occupations that are not on the Ministry of Social Development’s exemption list are still subject to a labour market test.

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Improved border security measures to keep out people who make false declarations

New measures have been introduced at the New Zealand border to refuse entry to overseas passengers who make serious false declarations on their arrival cards.

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