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NEWS

A variety of immigration, business and general news articles taken from New Zealand newspapers, websites and other sources (sources are mentioned at the bottom of each article) and selected by Terra Nova Consultancy Ltd. It may assist the reader being more or less up-to-date what is happening in Aotearoa, "the Land of the Long White Cloud". Happy reading, enjoy ... and if you have any questions on these updates - please contact us...

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May
07

07/05/2021 - Breaking News - Introducing new accreditation and single work visa

The Government is introducing a new temporary work visa called the Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV). The Accredited Employer Work Visa will be introduced on 1 November 2021 and will replace 6 of the existing temporary work visa categories.

Alongside the Accredited Employer Work Visa, a new employer-led system will be introduced that will generally simplify the application process and make it easier for businesses and regions to fill genuine skills shortages when it is clear that there is no New Zealander available to do the job, or who can be trained up for the role.

Read more: 07/05/2021 - Breaking News - Introducing new accreditation and single work visa

May
07

07/05/2021 - Breaking News - Changes to temporary work visas

After mid-2021, we are introducing a new 3-check visa application system and replacing six temporary work visas with one.

New visa application process

The new visa application process will be employer led. Before hiring a migrant on the new employer-assisted temporary work visa, employers will need to:

  • apply for accreditation
  • apply for a job check to make sure the role they want to fill cannot be done by New Zealanders, and
  • request a migrant worker to apply for a visa.

Read more: 07/05/2021 - Breaking News - Changes to temporary work visas

May
07

06/05/2021 - Breaking News - Covid-19 immigration powers to be extended

The passing of a bill to extend temporary COVID-19 immigration powers means continued flexibility to support migrants, manage the border, and help industries facing labour shortages, Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi said.

“Over the past year, we’ve made rapid decisions to extend visas, vary visa conditions and waive some application requirements across entire visa categories. These decisions have provided more flexibility and certainty to visa holders and employers in New Zealand, and made more migrants available for industries facing labour shortages,” said Kris Faafoi.

Read more: 06/05/2021 - Breaking News - Covid-19 immigration powers to be extended

May
04

03/05/2021 - GOVT CALLS AN ENQUIRY TO RELOOK AT NEW ZEALAND'S IMMIGRATION SETTINGS

The government has asked the Productivity Commission to inquire into immigration settings and recommend what changes are required to meet the future needs of New Zealand economy and society.

The office of the Productivity Commission confirmed this in a press release this morning.

“The Government has requested the Productivity Commission Te Komihana What Hua o Aoteroa to inquire into what working-age immigration policy settings would best facilitate New Zealand’s long-term economic growth and promote the wellbeing of New Zealanders,” the press release said.

Read more: 03/05/2021 - GOVT CALLS AN ENQUIRY TO RELOOK AT NEW ZEALAND'S IMMIGRATION SETTINGS

Apr
20

19/04/2021 - Travelling from Australia

On 19 April 2021, New Zealand opened quarantine-free travel with Australia. This means that people can travel from Australia to New Zealand without having to secure a place in MIQ. 

Travellers from a QFT zone must meet New Zealand immigration requirements: 

  • If you’re an Australian citizen, you do not need to hold a valid NZeTA or visa to travel. 
  • If you’re from a visa waiver country or you’re an Australian permanent resident, you must hold a valid NZeTA to travel. 
  • If none of the above applies to you, then you must hold a valid visa before travelling.

Source INZ

Apr
20

19/04/2021 - Breaking News - Border exceptions Family critical workers

On 30 April 2021, the New Zealand Government is introducing an exception to the border restrictions for the families of some temporary visa holders in New Zealand. This border exception is for the following three groups: 

  • Partners and dependent children who held (and continue to hold) a visa for New Zealand, but were unable to join their partner or parent in New Zealand before the border closed.  
  • Partners and dependent children of workers employed in critical health services.  
  • Partners and dependent children of highly-skilled workers.  

Requirements for the border exception

Read more: 19/04/2021 - Breaking News - Border exceptions Family critical workers

Apr
19

18/04/2021 - Breaking News - Exclusive: Migrant healthcare workers to be reunited with their families

Newshub understands the Government is planning to announce major changes to fix the anomaly which has split critical healthcare workers from their families overseas. 

Finally, some good news is afoot for migrant families broken apart by the COVID border closures.

Newshub understands the Government is planning to announce major changes on Monday to fix the anomaly which has split critical healthcare workers from their families overseas.

Read more: 18/04/2021 - Breaking News - Exclusive: Migrant healthcare workers to be reunited with their...

Apr
08

06/04/2021 - Concern NZ’s international education sector

Concern NZ’s international education sector faces 'total collapse', as students look elsewhere while borders shut

The Schools International Education Business Association is warning if the border doesn’t open to school-age international students, or if there isn’t a clear plan for when this will happen by the end of the year, the sector will be in “total collapse”.

Concern over New Zealand’s international education sector, as students look elsewhere

Read more: 06/04/2021 - Concern NZ’s international education sector

Apr
06

02/04/2021 - Breaking News - Quality of Decisions INZ

Decisions of the Immigration and Protection Tribunal (IPT) show that of all the immigration appeals heard in the last reporting year, over 35% were allowed, due to incorrect decision-making by Immigration New Zealand (INZ). The number was even higher in the two previous years, at over 40%. While some human error is understandable (but still not acceptable!), the figures demonstrate the discouraging frequency with which INZ get it wrong.

Read more: 02/04/2021 - Breaking News - Quality of Decisions INZ

Apr
06

01/04/2021 - Temporary immigration powers for minister to be extended to 2023

The government is going to be extending temporary immigration powers to respond to Covid-19 until May 2023.

Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi says the powers are needed for rapid decision making.

Read more: 01/04/2021 - Temporary immigration powers for minister to be extended to 2023

Mar
22

22/03/2021 - Breaking News - Tool for Vaccine

A new online questionnaire has been released on the Unite Against Covid-19 website to help people get an idea of when they will receive the Covid-19 vaccine. 

Read more: 22/03/2021 - Breaking News - Tool for Vaccine

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