Simon, Our CEO, had a Zoom session with Kris, the Minister of Immigration, this morning with other people in the industry.
The Minister will make an official announcement in the early or middle of October regarding SMC policy and how EOIs on the pool would be managed.
We made a point about those SMC applications that include 18 or 19 years old children who can not attend a tertiary institution or work. The Minister understands the difficulty and will consider it when INZ prioritises which cases to be processed faster.
Work to Resident Visa category will phase out on 31 October 2021 as planned. Still, those on Talent Work Visa who are yet to apply for their resident visa applications would be considered to pursue their pathway to residency.
The new "Accredited Employer Work Visa" will replace exiting 6 different work visas and will be implemented in June 2022 as planned.
The government announced earlier how to reopen the NZ border next year and to take the scaffolding approach. The early steps of this plan could be delayed due to the Delta variant of Covid, but the plan would still be implemented.
When the Minister makes his official announcement, we will summarise his announcement and post it here.
Summary of the meeting