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Posted on October 13 2022

It’s time to migrate to New Zealand; 2 visas restarted with improvements

By  Editor
Updated January 17 2024

Highlights on New Zealand restarting two immigration streams

  • New Zealand restarts two immigrant streams namely the Skilled Migrant visa and Parent Resident visa to migrate to New Zealand.
  • The Government of New Zealand has also planned to launch a new points system that’s uncapped and with a simplified points system.
  • This is the major move in reinstating immigrant streams that were inactive due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Two immigration programs in New Zealand that were remaining dormant due to the COVID-19 pandemic are now getting restarted. These immigration programs  to migrate to New Zealand are the following:

  • Skilled Migrant visa
  • Parent Resident visa

The announcement to this effect was made by New Zealand’s immigration minister, Michael Wood. These visa streams that were suspended during the height of the COVID pandemic will restart in mid-November.

About Skilled Migrant Visa

The Skilled Migrant Visa is meant for those who possess skills considered contributory to the economic growth of New Zealand. Before you can apply, you will have to send an EOI (expression of interest) to the immigration authorities of New Zealand. The EOI must have the details of your qualifications and work experience.

With a Skilled Migrant Visa, you can:

  • Live, study, and work in New Zealand.
  • Add in your application for residence your partner as well as dependent children who are not more than 24 years of age.

The maximum age for being eligible for this visa is 55. You can live in New Zealand indefinitely using this visa.

New developments

  • EOIs for Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa will be accepted from November 9, 2022.
  • In case you have already lodged an EOI, you may withdraw it before it gets selected for processing. In that case, you can also apply for a refund.
  • In case you decide to continue with the EOI, you have to make sure the details you submitted are correct. You may also add new information. Both must be done before November 9, 2022.
  • Selection of EOIs will be restarted for the Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa on November 9, 2022.

The newly implemented requirements for the Skilled Migrant Visa will be applicable only to EOIs that immigration authorities receive from October 12, 2022.

Also read...

New Zealand changes immigration policy to attract foreign talent amid manpower shortages

About Parent Resident Visa

If you are a foreign national to New Zealand and you have a child possessing permanent residence or citizenship in New Zealand, this visa is for you. It will enable you to get sponsored by those in New Zealand, provided they

  • Earn sufficient money to support you and
  • Is ready and agrees to sponsor you in New Zealand.

This visa allows you to live in New Zealand indefinitely.

With a Parent Resident Visa, you can:

  • Live, study, and work in New Zealand
  • Add your partner to your application for residence

New developments

  • The requirement for minimum income prescribed for sponsors will be lowered.
  • If there’s more than one adult child in New Zealand sponsoring you, they can combine their incomes so that they can sponsor you.
  • A sponsor will now have to earn only 1.5 times the median wage prevalent in New Zealand rather than 2 times the median wage. This limit increases by 50% of the median wage in New Zealand for each additional parent or joint sponsor.
  • New Zealand is increasing the number of visas available in a year from 1,000 to 2,500.

The bottom line

The restarting of the skilled migrant visa has reopened great opportunities for skilled migrants like you to move to a progressive country like New Zealand. The country has a culture of being appreciative of life and living. There are lots of opportunities for career development too. Check out how you can find the opportunity to live and work in New Zealand.

If you are willing to migrate abroad, talk to Y-Axis, the leading immigration and career consultant in the world.

Also Read: 25,000 healthcare job vacancies in Singapore

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