Immigration Timeline – July 2023

General, Immigration, Employment Law / 25 July 2023
Immigration Timeline – July 2023

Immigration New Zealand (INZ) released several updates on work and resident visas in recent months, per the below timeline:

1 July 2023
Upgrades to the NZ/UK Working Holiday Scheme took effect. See article

 16 August 2023
Selections of Expression of Interest (EOI) for the “old” system of Skilled Migrant Category (SMC) Resident Visa will close.

We can do a preliminary assessment against selection points and provide guidance on the best pathway to residency. See article

 29 September 2023
Worker’s occupations on Tier 2 of the Green List may be eligible for residency after working for 24 months.

The requirements on the Green List for some occupations are not straightforward, and we can provide guidance on assessment against these.

9 October 2023
New settings of SMC Resident Visa will take effect.

We can guide you through all aspects of this application.

November 2023
The maximum duration of an Accredited Employer work visa (AEWV) will be extended to five years.

If you are not sure which type of visa suits you please talk to us. We will find the best option for you.

All employers hiring migrant workers must be accredited – including those on visas other than AEWV.

We can assist you and your business in any work-related applications and immigration matters, including securing accreditation.

Message for Employers

If you and your employees have any queries in relation to temporary and/or resident visa applications or have issues of medical and/or character issues, please feel free to contact us.

Disclaimer: We remind you that while this article provides commentary on employment law, health and safety and immigration topics, it should not be used as a substitute for legal or professional advice for specific situations. Please seek legal advice from your lawyer for any questions specific to your workplace.


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