Total number of 2021 Resident Visa applications and how many of them are approved so far
INZ has released the total number of people granted a 2021 Resident Visa as of 26 June 2022 at 23:59: 60,029.
INZ has also announced that it is committed to processing 2021 Resident Visa applications as quickly as possible. The latest timeline for the application process is 18 months, with most being processed much faster. This is good news for those who are hoping to move to New Zealand in the near future.
From 31 July 2022, Immigration fees and levies will increase for most visa applications. The average increase in the price of affected immigration services (excluding the eTA, Electronic Travel Authority) is around $81 (43%), with the largest increases for residence class visas.
The prices remain competitive with comparable countries, and the prices of some visas have been subsidised by the Government, including to recognise New Zealand's special relationship with our Pacific neighbours.
Most visitor visas and some Pacific-focused visas will remain at current prices. The Skilled Migrant residence category will be capped at $5,000.
It was brought to our attention that someone or an entity from India is continuously using our name to scam people of money with a promise of a New Zealand Visa.
We would like to inform the public and our clients that we are not in any way affiliated with any person or entity in India and we advise you not to deal with anyone posing to be one of our representatives. We also urge the public to warn their friends and family and spread the word so that nobody falls into this scam again.
We are investigating this issue and we will take all necessary steps to ensure that our reputation is protected from those who try to exploit it for their own purposes.
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The New Zealand Government has introduced the 2022 Special Ukraine Visa to assist Ukrainian in safety in New Zealand.
Further changes have been made so that applicants who are aged 16, 17 or 18 years old will be granted a work visa with open study conditions. This will allow 18-year-olds to study at any secondary school as domestic students. They will also qualify for publicly funded healthcare.
This change is to promote a stronger link between work and education and to improve the employment prospects for young people of Ukraine.
Recent changes have been made to Immigration Qualifications in New Zealand for two occupations on the Green List: Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, and Resident Medical Officer. These latest changes are a result of the country's need to fill critical skills gaps. The new policy will make it easier for high-demand migrants to find work and live in New Zealand.
The new policy will make it easier for workers to obtain temporary entry from overseas and stay in New Zealand for short periods of time.
The class border exception for silviculture forestry workers has been expanded from 300 to 500 workers and ski workers expanded from 275 to 335 workers.
The changes will come into effect today, 13 June 2022.
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Immigration New Zealand (INZ) is adding 85 countries to the Low Tuberculosis (TB) Incidence Countries List. Included in the countries being added are Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu as they now meet the requirements.
Effective from Tuesday 7 June 2022, 85 countries and territories will be added to the INZ TB Low Incidence countries list.
This means visa applicants from the countries on this list will be able to check on the INZ webpage for countries with a low incidence of tuberculosis to see if they are still required to provide a chest x-ray with their applications, depending on their previous circumstances and duration of stay in New Zealand.
This will have a large positive impact particularly on Tonga, Samoa and Vanuatu who now meet the requirements of low TB to be added to the list. This is great news for Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme worker from these countries as they will no longer be required to provide a chest x-ray with their RSE applications.
Dominica and Libya will also be removed from the list, as latest data shows their TB incidence rates are now above the low incidence threshold.
The INZ webpage for countries with a low incidence of tuberculosis will be updated on 7 June to include the additional 85 countries.
Visa records were recently updated for those granted a new work visa by special direction of the Minister of Immigration on 9 May 2022.
Some records did not update to show that the visa included open work rights. This issue is being addressed and the updated open work conditions will appear on the visa record soon.
Those who previously varied the conditions of their visa can expect their records to be updated in early June.
Restarting Dependent Visa Processing
Immigration New Zealand (INZ) will restart processing on-hand visa applications for offshore partners and dependents of work and student visa holders from 31 May 2022.
People outside of New Zealand who applied for a visa before entry was restricted in 2020 can choose to have their application processed or withdrawn and eligibility for a fee refund assessed.
Resuming the processing of these applications means these people do not have to wait until the border is fully open at the end of July to be reunited with their families. It will allow them to live together sooner so they can meet requirements for a future partnership application.