Articles related to ‘Immigration’
From 15 January 2014, student visa holders have been given increased rights to work in New Zealand.
All students who are studying for at least one academic year are now able to work full-time during all scheduled breaks, rather than just over the summer holiday period.
English language students are now able to work for 20 hours per week during the term time, provided they are studying for… Continue reading
From March 2014, the Long Term Business Visa will be replaced with the newly-named Entrepreneur Work Visa, and a new points system will be introduced for applicants.
Applicants will be required to make a minimum capital investment of $100,000, and points will also be offered for criteria including job creation, export potential, business experience, and investment outside of Auckland.
It will be possible for senior immigration staff to… Continue reading
Jenny and Jack are two friends from Ireland wanting to work (and eventually live) in New Zealand. Jenny is a plumber, and Jack a newly-qualified teacher.
Jenny finds work with a drainlaying company based in Wellington, and is told by her potential employer that he holds an “Employer Licence”. Jenny checks the public register and finds that her employer is registered. However, she is unsure if this means that… Continue reading
The recent case of the South African chef denied a visa due to his weight and knee condition has received considerable media coverage. Also in the media to a lesser extent has been the plight of a Northland garage owner, declined a residence visa due to a heart condition.
It is not uncommon for people to proceed through life with unseen medical conditions, which they themselves may not even… Continue reading
With many baby boomers now approaching retirement age in New Zealand, it is possible that there will soon be a ‘glut’ of businesses for sale on the New Zealand market. This presents a potential opportunity for many prospective migrants, if they are aware of the requirements, and potential pitfalls, of the business visa categories.
A common downfall of long-term business visa applications is a failure to put sufficient effort… Continue reading
Immigration applications can often present a logistical challenge. The adviser, applicant and employer or sponsor may be in different countries, all needing to co-ordinate the paperwork amongst themselves and sign the necessary documents. For many applicants, the extra expense and delays are a headache they can do without at an already stressful time.
The Immigration Global Management System (IGMS), which is currently being rolled out by Immigration New Zealand… Continue reading
Derek, a citizen of the US, met Susan, from the UK, while they were both holidaying in New Zealand. They loved the country and the lifestyle so much they decided that New Zealand was the place where they wanted to settle down and start their family. The following year, they became proud parents to baby George.
With so much change happening in their lives, they couple realised one day… Continue reading
Lisa was employed at a film studio in Wellington as a film animator. She was originally from the UK but attracted to New Zealand’s burgeoning film production industry came to New Zealand on a work visa, and she quickly found employment.
A rival studio soon noticed Lisa’s talents and offered her an exciting new job opportunity. Lisa was concerned however, that if she accepted the job at the other… Continue reading
Gary had always had a creative head when it came to business. In his native UK he had successfully started a number of businesses. One summer, after an adventure tourism trip to the West Coast, Gary became captivated with New Zealand, and longed to move with his family permanently.
Upon his return to the UK, Gary dived into research regarding migration to New Zealand. He learned with his business… Continue reading
Immigration New Zealand has recently become aware that the fee for varying conditions of a temporary visa was not set out correctly in the Immigration (Visa, Entry Permission and Related Matters) Regulations 2010. As a result, Immigration New Zealand is offering refunds to customers who paid this fee between 29 November 2010 and 19 February 2013.
This may apply to you if you varied the conditions of your student… Continue reading