NEW ZEALAND IMMIGRATION UPDATES

May 8th, 2018:

New Zealand Update: A new streamlined visa process for Indian visitors to New Zealand

Tourism New Zealand and Immigration New Zealand have launched an extension of the Tourism Industry Partnership (TIP) Programme to facilitate faster processing of visitor visa applications for Indian leisure travelers.

Riding on the success of the previous partnership between Immigration New Zealand (INZ), Tourism New Zealand (TNZ) and key travel agents, the Tourism Industry Partnership (TIP) Programme has now been extended to leisure agents.

The previous programme was launched in November 2014 and focussed on the business and incentive travel sector. It resulted in growth of incentive group trips worth NZ $ 22m in 4 years (FY14-FY17) with a 99 per cent approval rate.

With this new arrangement announced today, Indian leisure travellers will benefit from a more streamlined visa service, with a faster processing time of three days, compared to the previous online application processing time of 15 days.

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April 6th, 2018:

New Zealand Residence Programme – Skilled Migrant Category fortnightly selection Wednesday, 4 April, 2018.

The Skilled Migrant Category Expression of Interest selection took place at approximately 1.00pm NZ time on Wednesday 4 April 2018.

The following EOIs were selected:

All EOIs with a points total of 160 or more. – 367 (882 registrants)

The next selection will take place in a fortnight.

Please note that all the applications for New Zealand SMC visa should be applied through licensed New Zealand Immigration agents only.

March 9th, 2018:

New Zealand Residence Programme – Investor (Investor 2 category)Thursday, 8 March 2018

A selection of Expressions of Interest (EOI) under the Migrant Investment Category, Investor (Investor 2 category), took place on Thursday 8 March, 2018.

3 EOIs were selected from the EOI pool which claimed between 76 & 105 points.

The next draw will be held on Thursday 22 March 2018.

EOIs should be received by BMB before the COP on the Monday preceding the draw. Up to 25 applications with the highest points value will be selected from that draw and each fortnightly draw thereafter until further notice.

Please note that all the applications for New Zealand SMC visa should be applied through licensed New Zealand Immigration agents only.

March 8th, 2018:

New Zealand Residence Programme – Skilled Migrant Category fortnightly selection Wednesday, 7 March, 2018.

The Skilled Migrant Category Expression of Interest selection took place at approximately 1.00pm NZ time on Wednesday 7 March 2018.

The following EOIs were selected:

All EOIs with a points total of 160 or more. – 450 (997 registrants)

The next selection will take place in a fortnight.

Please note that all the applications for New Zealand SMC visa should be applied through licensed New Zealand Immigration agents only.

February 22nd, 2018:

New Zealand Residence Programme – Skilled Migrant Category fortnightly selection Wednesday, 21 February, 2018.

The Skilled Migrant Category Expression of Interest selection took place at approximately 1.00pm NZ time on Wednesday 21  February 2018.

The following EOIs were selected:

All EOIs with a points total of 160 or more. – 390 (867 registrants)

The next selection will take place in a fortnight.

Please note that all the applications for New Zealand SMC visa should be applied through licensed New Zealand Immigration agents only.

February 22nd, 2018:

New Zealand Residence Programme – Investor (Investor 2 category)Thursday, 22 February 2018

A selection of Expressions of Interest (EOI) under the Migrant Investment Category, Investor (Investor 2 category), took place on Thursday 22 February, 2018.

2 EOIs were selected from the EOI pool which claimed between 100 & 105 points.

The next draw will be held on Thursday 8 March 2018.

EOIs should be received by BMB before the COP on the Monday preceding the draw. Up to 25 applications with the highest points value will be selected from that draw and each fortnightly draw thereafter until further notice.

Please note that all the applications for New Zealand SMC visa should be applied through licensed New Zealand Immigration agents only.

January 16th,2018:

New Zealand Residence Programme – Investor (Investor 2 category)Tuesday, 11 January 2018

A selection of Expressions of Interest (EOI) under the Migrant Investment Category, Investor (Investor 2 category), took place on Thursday 11 January 2018.

6 EOIs were selected from the EOI pool which claimed between 38 & 110 points.

The next draw will be held on Thursday 25 January 2018.

EOIs should be received by BMB before the COP on the Monday preceding the draw. Up to 25 applications with the highest points value will be selected from that draw and each fortnightly draw thereafter until further notice.

Please note that all the applications for New Zealand SMC visa should be applied through licensed New Zealand Immigration agents only.

January 16th,2018:

New Zealand Residence Programme – Investor (Investor 2 category)Tuesday, 11 January 2018

A selection of Expressions of Interest (EOI) under the Migrant Investment Category, Investor (Investor 2 category), took place on Thursday 11 January 2018.

6 EOIs were selected from the EOI pool which claimed between 38 & 110 points.

The next draw will be held on Thursday 25 January 2018.

EOIs should be received by BMB before the COP on the Monday preceding the draw. Up to 25 applications with the highest points value will be selected from that draw and each fortnightly draw thereafter until further notice.

Please note that all the applications for New Zealand SMC visa should be applied through licensed New Zealand Immigration agents only.

December 13th,2017:  

New Zealand Update: Skilled Migrant and Essential Skills policy – Changes to remuneration thresholds Wednesday, 13 December 2017

New Zealand authorities have announced that remuneration thresholds in Skilled Migrant and Essential Skills policies will be increasing on 15 January 2018.

In August 2017, changes to the Skilled Migrant and Essential Skills policies were implemented, aimed at:

  • ensuring we are attracting migrants who bring the most economic benefits to New Zealand and to improve the skill composition of people gaining residence under the Skilled Migrant Category
  • striking the right balance between ensuring New Zealanders are at the front of the queue for jobs while preserving access to the temporary migrant skills necessary for New Zealand’s continued economic growth. 

The changes included introducing remuneration thresholds to both categories, with the aim of improving the assessment of skill and value to New Zealand.

Skilled Migrant and Essential Skills policy details announced. 

Please go through the below link for further details:

https://www.immigration.govt.nz/about-us/media-centre/news-notifications/smc-essential-skills-changes-to-remuneration-thresholds

December 12th,2017 :  

New Zealand Update: During the upcoming holiday period, the Expression of Interest selections will be delayed until January 2018.

The Skilled Migrant Category Expression of Interest (EOI) final draw for 2017 will take place on Wednesday 13 December. The first draw in 2018 will take place on Wednesday the 10 January 2018.

The Investor 2 Expression of Interest (EOI) final draw for 2017 will take place on Thursday 14 December. The first draw for 2018 will be held on Thursday 11 January 2018.

Immigration New Zealand offices within New Zealand will be closed between 25 December 2017 and the 3 of January 2018. Applicants may experience some delays in receiving any Invitation to Apply (ITA) under the Skilled Migrant Category or Investor 2 categories.

December 1st,2017 :  

New Zealand Residence Programme – Skilled Migrant Category fortnightly selection Wednesday, 29 November 2017.

The Skilled Migrant Category Expression of Interest selection took place at approximately 1.00pm NZ time on Wednesday 29 November 2017.

The following EOIs were selected:

All EOIs with a points total of 160 or more. – 479 (1,102 registrants)

The next selection will take place in a fortnight.

Please note that all the applications for New Zealand SMC visa should be applied through licensed New Zealand Immigration agents only.

November 30th,2017 :  

Scam targeting Indian and Nepalese nationals continuesThursday, 30 November 2017

Indian and Nepalese nationals in New Zealand are being contacted by a person pretending to be from Immigration New Zealand. They are demanding money to be sent to them, in order to maintain or correct their immigration status in New Zealand. This is a scam.

Callers are posing as INZ staff and demanding payment from people to avoid deportation for various reasons, including incorrectly completing an arrival card and a failed police check.

The scammers are using a technology known as caller id spoofing scam that allows a legitimate phone number to appear when the call is actually being made from another number.

How to recognize if the call is a scam

  1. The caller tells the person that there has been a problem with their visa or arrival card information.
  2. They demand they pay money into a Western Union account or face serious consequences, such as deportation.
  3. Often the caller has some details of the person they are speaking to such as their name, date of birth or address so the calls appear genuine.
  4. Their caller ID comes up with 09 914 4100 or 0508 558 855.
  5. They are targeting people from Nepal or India.

Important to know

Immigration New Zealand would never make demands for money such as this over the phone.

No matter how important the caller may sound, do not pay, report the call to the Police.

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