IMMIGRATION NEWS - NEW ZEALAND
(as published in our newsletters)
ZEALAND – NEW VISA CATEGORIES
March 2010 - From 29 March, New Zealand will be offering 2
new retirement visas for entry
These are named - the Temporary Retirement Category and the
Parent Retirement Category (residence).
The Temporary Retirement Category is a special visitor’s
policy designed for those who wish to invest in New Zealand
and stay longer than current Visitor policy allows.
The Parent Retirement Category allows for permanent
residence and follows closely the model of the Australian
Parent visa. Applicants need to make an investment in New
Zealand and show that the balance of your family is in New
Please contact us for more information on either of these
new visa categories.
ZEALAND – GENERAL INFORMATION
October 2009 - The following is an update on routes of entry
for Investors and Skilled Workers.
The recently unveiled New Zealand 'Migrant Investment
Policy' aims to attract financial capital to local firms or
government by providing residence to people under the age of
66 years who wish to make a significant financial
contribution to New Zealand's economy.
The policy is divided into two categories:
Investor Plus - requires a three year investment of NZ$10
Investor - requires an investment NZ$1.5 million for four
years plus assets of NZ$1 million. The requirement for how
long you have to stay in New Zealand and other conditions
vary between these 2 categories but they now present a real
opportunity to many people.
Update on Skilled Workers
The requirement in the New Zealand labour market for the
majority of health professional occupations remains high and
also for Secondary School Teachers. Chefs who are well
qualified with proven experience of leading a team of Cooks,
are also in demand. Many trades’ occupations are currently
in low demand with the exception of Electricians and
Fitter/Turners. If you find an employer who needs your
skills, and you have formal qualifications, then there are
other routes to consider if they have permission to employ
If you are interested in moving to New Zealand then please
complete the Online Assessment form on our website.
ZEALAND - NEW GOVERNMENT
November 2008 - The New
Zealand National Party has won the most seats in the New
Zealand parliament in the recent General Election held on
November 8th. Although the exact make up of the new
government has yet to be finalised, it is likely to see a
new focus in immigration policy.
The National Party are committed to attracting New Zealand
citizens overseas to return home (at the moment over 1500
Kiwis emigrate every week). However the new government also
have ambitious plans for a shake-up of the immigration
A designated Retirement Visa is proposed for high net worth
individuals. Also a new “Silver Fern Visa” is proposed
for highly skilled individuals to enter New Zealand to look
for work. This would differ from the current work permit
route which requires an offer of employment.
The next few months could see big changes in New Zealand
immigration, so make sure you remain up to date with our
ZEALAND – MORE OCCUPATIONS
RECOGNISED FOR IMMIGRATION
February 2008 - New Zealand has the lowest unemployment rate
on record which has created a tight labour market and a
strong need for skilled workers. The record low unemployment
level is 3.5%.
"We have the fifth lowest unemployment rate in the OECD
and we are the only country in the OECD to achieve such a
low unemployment rate over such an extensive period,"
said Ruth Dyson, NZ government minister.
Recognising the need to attract more skilled workers,
changes to immigration policy have been introduced. On the
4th February 2008 New Zealand Immigration introduced new
rules for Skilled Worker applications. The new process
allows for a wider range of jobs to be recognised as skilled
workers that in turn support an immigration application.
Recognition of work experience as well as qualifications
(where held) will determine how successful an application
will be. If you would like to know if your job is on the
list please complete our
free online assessment.
We hope that these news have been informative for you. However, remember
everyone's circumstances are different so if you or a friend or family member
want to check your eligibility to emigrate then either
1) complete the Online
Assessment Form on our website or
2) give us a call on
+44 (0) 1223 830 916
We would love to hear from you!