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Pacific Access Category Ballot Now Open

If your from Samoa, Tonga, Kiribati, Tuvalu or Fiji you can register now for the ballot of 2019.  More information here from INZ

International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy

News from Immigration New Zealand The International Visitor Levey (IVL) will be introduced alongside the Electronic Travel Authority ( ETA) and will cost NZD $35.00. Once paid, the IVL will last as long as the ETA is valid. Any queries about the ETA should be directed to: Cabinet paper: Further policy decisions | Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment Previous ETA announcement

Electronic Travel Authority

Immigration New Zealand News From July 2019 travellers will be able to request an ETA, and it will become mandatory for travel from 1 October 2019 onwards. Who needs an ETA From 1 October 2019, all air travellers from 60 visa waiver countries, and all cruise travellers will need to hold an ETA before travelling to New Zealand. An ETA will last up to 2 years and cost NZD $9.00 for mobile application requests and NZD $12.00 for web browser requests. All airline crew and cruise line crew will need to hold a Crew ETA before travelling to New Zealand. A Crew ETA will last up to 5 years and cost NZD $9.00. New Zealand citizens and holders of valid New Zealand visas (both resident visas and temporary visas) will continue to be able to enter New Zealand without an ETA provided they travel on their New Zealand passports. Passengers from a visa waiver country or a transit visa waiver country, who are transiting through New Zealand, are also required to hold an ETA from 1 October 2019, even if New Zealand is not their final destination. Exemptions Australian citizens will be exempt, however Australian permanent residents will need to hold an ETA but will not be required to pay for an International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL). Other exemptions include: crew and passengers on a non-cruise vessel crew on a foreign ship carrying cargo guests of the government people travelling under The Antarctic Treaty members of a visiting force and associated crew members.

Immigration New Zealand Immediate Skills Shortages

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 TechnicianDentistMedical Laboratory Technician (Phlebotomy and Histology Technicians)Pharmacy TechnicianPoultry Farmer Retain five occupations that were included in the review CardiologistOphthalmologistMetal Casting Trades Worker (Foundry Moulder)Registered Nurse (Aged Care)Resident Medical Officer Submissions to add Hair or Beauty Salon Manager to the ISSL have been declined.

Essential Skills in Demand

Friday, 15 December 2017 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 Ministry regularly reviews the ESID lists to ensure they meet the changing needs of the labour market, and to preserve opportunities for New Zealanders. If an occupation is on a shortage list, work visa applications for positions in that occupation from suitably qualified and experienced migrants are not subject to an individual labour market test. A labour market test means that an employer must demonstrate that no suitable New Zealanders are available to fill or be trained for each individual position.  The lists help provide certainty for employers and potential migrants, and are a useful indicator to potential migrants of skill shortages in New Zealand. Long Term Skill Shortage List 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 AnaesthetistForest Scientist Pathologist Petroleum EngineerRenal Medicine Specialist Retain two occupations that were included in the review Chemical EngineerMaterials Engineer Submissions to add four occupations (Hairdresser, Motorcycle Mechanic, Registered Nurse (Mental Health), and Sports Coach or Instructor) to the LTSSL have [...]

News from INZ

Government updates New Zealand Residence programme Tuesday, 19 February 2019 The Government has decided on the New Zealand Residence Programme (NZRP) Planning Range through to the end of the year. The NZRP Planning Range sets the upper and lower number for residence visa approvals. The transitional Planning Range will be 50,000 to 60,000 residence approvals from 1 July 2018 to 31 December 2019. From 1 January 2020, the Government will replace the Planning Range with a more targeted approach that focuses on the management of specific residence visa types. This includes introducing new objectives to help maximise the NZRP's contribution to New Zealand’s economic and social well-being. The new objectives include: attracting skilled workers and business migrantsreunifying the families of New Zealand residents and citizensmeeting international and humanitarian commitments. While the new approach and monitoring systems are being developed, Immigration New Zealand will continue to process existing and new residence visa applications according to current immigration instructions. New Zealand Residence Programme: New objectives and approach to managing residence numbers | Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Are you looking to top up your holiday funds?

Labour Shortages - Hawkes Bay - The New Zealand Ministry of Social Development (MSD) recently declared a national shortage of workers in Hawkes Bay to assist in the pip fruit industry. The picking season runs from 25 February to 5 April. This means if you are in New Zealand on a visitor visa you may apply for a Variation of Conditions to take up employment for a 6 week period in Hawkes Bay. While the season is for a period of 6 weeks, the MSD may extend the period. Contact us today to assist you with your Variation.

Immigration New Zealand Auckland Processing and Counter Services

Visa processing will cease at the Auckland Central office, 280 Queen Street, on 27 July 2018 and staff will relocate to the INZ Manukau office. In the short term, INZ will retain a public counter and dropbox service at the Auckland Central location. For all public enquires, the counter service will be retained at Level 4, 280 Queen St beyond 27 July 2018 (the date on which visa processing will be withdrawn).      

e-Visa for New Zealand

Label-less Visas Immigration New Zealand has moved to a new e-Visa system.   eVisa is now online according to Immigration New Zealand.  Visa holders and employers will therefore use VisaView, the online platform from Immigration New Zealand to view their immigration status. As a result, applicants will now be issued with an approval letter rather than visa labels, a vast improvement to the system.

Pacific Access Category

New Zealand Pacific Access Category (PAC) Visa Allows citizens from particular Pacific countries such as Fiji, Tuvalu, Tonga and Kiribati to be granted residence in New Zealand each year.  The places are limited to 250 places for Fiji and Tonga, Tuvalu and Kiribati just 75 annually.  Interested persons may register their interest by filling out a registration form (available from INZ).  The ballet is open for one month, usually April each year and at the closing of the ballet names are drawn from the pool by a computer system.  If your name is drawn you are invited to apply for residence.  Your partner and dependant children may also be included in the application.  You must have a sustainable full-time job offer in New Zealand, meet health and character requirements, earn a minimum wage of $33,000 NZD per annum if you have dependent children and, pay the registration fee of $75.00. How to register? You must complete and sign a Pacific Access Category Registration Form (INZ 1092) PDF available from INZ website. You must also include: a photocopy of your birth certificate, and a photocopy of your partner’s and dependent children’s birth certificates a passport size photo of the Principal Applicant only the date of birth of each immediate family member included in your registration form. The PAC ballot the registration fee is NZ$75.00 If you have registered before in any previous year, you only need to pay a re-registration fee of NZ$30.00. These fees are not refundable if your registration is not drawn in the ballot. An additional fee may be payable if you apply through a visa application centre. Your registration form must be received by Immigration New Zealand no later than the advertised closing date, usually the 30 April or it [...]

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