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Immigration New Zealand Fee Increase

Immigration New Zealand (INZ) will increase application fees from the 7 December 2015. The new immigration levy fee will be charged on application rather than the old system where a fee was charged once the application was lodged.  The fee will replace the migrant levy fee , which was paid once a successful applicant was, approved in principle, for residence. The fee will affect temporary visas including student, visitor and work visas, limited visas and some resident visas.  INZ is also to cancel the $92 discount that applied on some applicants. If you're applying online, expect a different fee structure, this is to encourage applicants to use the system rather than submit paper copies.  At present not all applicants are able to use the system,  generally speaking if you are traveling with a partner or family you must use the paper system to submit your applications. INZ advised there will be no increase for those using the online system to apply for visitor or student visas. For more information on INZ news including this feature  Immigration New Zealand News contact us.  

Visit New Zealand

If your thinking of visiting New Zealand you may not need to apply for a visa for a short stay. New Zealand has reciprocal agreements with many countries, allowing a waiver from having to apply for a visa prior to leaving your home country, this is called Visa Waiver. You can check if your country of citizenship is part of the Immigration New Zealand Visa Waiver program on the INZ website. You must apply for a visa to visit New Zealand before you travel if your country of citizenship is not listed on the above list. Before being granted a visa you will need to tell Immigration New Zealand about your health, any criminal convictions you hold and the reasons why you are coming to New Zealand, for example visiting friends and relatives, to see the sights of our beautiful country. You will also need to provide evidence of sufficient funds to support your holiday and proof that you plan to leave the country. Your passport must be valid and have at least three months validity after the date you are to have departed from your holiday in New Zealand. If you would like further information about the requirements, contacts us and we will be only too happy to help make you next holiday a reality.

Partnership Residence Visa

Partners of New Zealand citizens who wish to remain with their partners in New Zealand may be able to do so. If you have been lucky enough to find your soul mate, the one you think you would like to spend the rest of your life with, but they are a New Zealand citizen and your not, Immigration New Zealand recognises the difficulties you face. To be eligible for residence in New Zealand based on partnership, Immigration New Zealand requires you and your partner to prove that you have been living in a genuine and stable relationship for at least 12 months, but how do you do that if you only just met? In most cases, if your relationship is a true and genuine and you meet certain other criteria, you may be eligible for a work visa based on your partnership for a period of 12 months. This will allow you to clock up the 12 months needed to prove your relationship status and to see if you really do want to spend the rest of your life together. If you would like to know more, contact us through our website and we will assess your situation and work out the best way forward.

Residence in New Zealand

New Zealand is a beautiful Pacific nation built on migration, there are several options open to new migrants to call New Zealand home.  As a Skilled Migrant, Business Investor or joining family already here.  The Skilled Migrant Category (SMC) visa is designed to attract people with particular skills to New Zealand to take up jobs that are unable to be fulfilled by citizens and residents, it works on a points system where points are awarded for employment, education, work history, age and family.  Applicants with 100+ points are entered into a pool and applicants from highest down are picked from the pool each fortnight and issued with an Invitation to Apply.  It takes anywhere from 4 - 9 months to get an SMC application assessed by Immigration New Zealand, so starting as soon as possible is a great idea!

Working in New Zealand

New Zealand Essential Skills in Demand List Working in New Zealand may be easier than you think.  New Zealand like many other countries has a shortage of Skilled Professionals, if your profession is listed on any of our three Skills in Demand Lists: Long term skills shortage list (LTSSL) Immediate Skills Shortage Lists (ISSL) and Canterbury Skills Shortage List your entry into New Zealand may be faster than you think.  Check out the lists and contact us if you would like more information about your opportunities. Immigration New Zealand Essential Skills in Demand Lists Employers who are registered with Immigration New Zealand may employ persons from outside of New Zealand if their position is listed on any of the above lists.  Employers may still have to provide evidence that no New Zealand citizen or resident has the ability to fill the position.

Moving To New Zealand

Once you have made that life changing decision to immigrate what happens next?  Well we though we should put together some issues you may want to consider in your list of Things to Do: Consider and Decide on the following: Decide when you want to move and work back from there, gaining entry into New Zealand may not be an overnight task so be prepared and don't sell the house just yet. Arm yourself with knowledge about the immigration process, whether you want to work it out yourself or seek help from a Licensed Immigration Adviser. Gather the paperwork you will need for your visa applications and don't forget to include everyone applying. Don't forget your pets, depending on where your coming from your pets may need quarantine for a period of time before they are gracing your kitchen floor again. Lets assume your immigration side of the move is taken care of, do you have a job lined up or will you job search when you arrive? Where do you intend to live?  Have you checked out what cities in New Zealand offer you the best quality of life and leisure? What community facilities would you like to live close to  schools, swimming pools, ski fields, lakes? Do you have sufficient funds to support you and your family while you search for a home, job, school? You can find answers to all your questions in this link.      

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