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Easier access to NZ for frequent business visitors from Pacific – govt
9 Dec 2022   /

Easier access to NZ for frequent business visitors from Pacific – govt

Frequent business visitors and officials and diplomats travelling to New Zealand from Pacific Island Forum Countries and Kiribati will receive improved visa conditions when travelling to New Zealand.


Govt defers partner work visa changes until April
6 Dec 2022   /

Govt defers partner work visa changes until April

The government has deferred changes to partner work visas from December until April 2023 to refocus on immediate skill shortages.


More than 17k WHV travellers now in NZ, prep for “bumper” summer – govt
16 Nov 2022   /

More than 17k WHV travellers now in NZ, prep for “bumper” summer – govt

Nearly half of the 36,000 working holiday visa holders approved since March this year are now in the country, says the government.


Govt earmarks 2,000 visas for parents of skilled migrants
15 Nov 2022   /

Govt earmarks 2,000 visas for parents of skilled migrants

The government has allocated up to 2,000 visas per year for parents of skilled migrants resettling in New Zealand.


Govt tweaks working holiday visas to help plug shortages as arrivals ramp up for summer
31 Oct 2022   /

Govt tweaks working holiday visas to help plug shortages as arrivals ramp up for summer

Thousands of working holidaymakers on their way to New Zealand will have more flexibility and extended entry rights to help plug labour shortages at Kiwi businesses.


Working holidaymakers eye up spring, autumn for NZ travel – report
27 Oct 2022   /

Working holidaymakers eye up spring, autumn for NZ travel – report

Working holidaymakers are eyeing up this spring and from autumn 2023 as desirable times to travel to the country, according to a report from Immigration New Zealand.


Travel expense, visitors waiting for summer bigger hurdles than visa processing times – PM
18 Oct 2022   /

Travel expense, visitors waiting for summer bigger hurdles than visa processing times – PM

Visa processing times are not as much of a barrier to filling workforce shortages as encouraging visitors and working holidaymakers to actually embark on travel.


More than 30k WHVs approved, arrivals under scheme to grow – govt
13 Oct 2022   /

More than 30k WHVs approved, arrivals under scheme to grow – govt

There have been 30,430 Working Holiday Visas approved since March, with arrivals under the scheme expected to grow in the coming months, says Immigration Minister Michael Wood.


McClay: Nash “washing his hands” of unacceptable visitor visa delays
7 Oct 2022   /

McClay: Nash “washing his hands” of unacceptable visitor visa delays

McClay said the wait time for visitor visas is now so bad that INZ has removed the standard processing times from its website.


“There was a bit of a bottleneck as we pushed ‘go'” – Nash on visitor visa delays
6 Oct 2022   /

“There was a bit of a bottleneck as we pushed ‘go'” – Nash on visitor visa delays

The tourism minister says INZ is under “a great deal of stress” coping with demand as NZ ramps up its promotion.


Govt: Around 30,500 WHV applications – 6,200 in NZ already
28 Sep 2022   /

Govt: Around 30,500 WHV applications – 6,200 in NZ already

The government says it has received around 30,500 working holiday visa applications in the past year.


Post-study work visas changed to align with workforce challenges
8 Sep 2022   /

Post-study work visas changed to align with workforce challenges

International students studying in New Zealand will be able to take advantage of two new Post-Study Work Visa changes designed to help them find further work and residence after they complete their studies.


Residence pathway for skilled migrants opens
6 Sep 2022   /

Residence pathway for skilled migrants opens

The government’s first residence category for highly-skilled workers has opened this week, with the launch of the Green List Straight to Residence pathway.


Tourism commends working holiday expansion as govt eases rules
22 Aug 2022   /

Tourism commends working holiday expansion as govt eases rules

The seasonal snow and adventure tourism agreement will provide access to migrant workers for $25 per hour, to be reviewed up annually.


Workforce boost as 85k resident visas approved
17 Aug 2022   /

Workforce boost as 85k resident visas approved

More than 85,000 people have been approved for the 2021 Resident Visa, providing more certainty for businesses and skilled migrants.


Offer something “unique to NZ” – how operators can attract working holidaymakers
5 Aug 2022   /

Offer something “unique to NZ” – how operators can attract working holidaymakers

Employers looking to hire the visa holders need to appear as attractive as possible amid fierce competition.


Govt urged to step up in ‘global war for talent’
4 Aug 2022   /

Govt urged to step up in ‘global war for talent’

Unemployment figures remain near record lows at 3.3%, and BusinessNZ chief executive Kirk Hope says there is not enough flexibility in the tight labour market to address skill shortages.


Govt to introduce new migrant residence pathways
28 Jul 2022   /

Govt to introduce new migrant residence pathways

Three new residence pathways will be introduced over the 14 months to address shortages in highly skilled areas.


Resident visa applications top 103k
27 Jul 2022   /

Resident visa applications top 103k

Immigration New Zealand has received more than 103,000 applications involving 209,000 people for the 2021 Resident Visa, and of those, 37,455 have been processed.


Govt creates new investor visa to boost businesses
21 Jul 2022  

Govt creates new investor visa to boost businesses

The government has created a new investor category aimed at increasing direct foreign investment in New Zealand businesses.


Immigration woes send skilled staff packing
11 Jul 2022   /

Immigration woes send skilled staff packing

The government needs to fix immigration delays or risk losing skilled workers with longserving staff giving up on the wait, says a tourism operator.


Nats call on govt to extend expiring WHVs
11 Jul 2022   /

Nats call on govt to extend expiring WHVs

The National Party is calling on the government to add a six-month extension to all working holiday visas that are due to expire this year.


Final stage of new work visa opens
5 Jul 2022   /

Final stage of new work visa opens

The final stage of the Accredited Employer Work Visa is now in effect, enabling migrants offshore to apply to work in New Zealand for an accredited employer.


UK working holiday visa extended
4 Jul 2022   /

UK working holiday visa extended

Changes to the working holiday scheme with the United Kingdom will enable UK citizens up to the age of 35 to work in New Zealand for three years.


Spanish opportunity for employers as working holiday cap jumps to 2k
29 Jun 2022   /

Spanish opportunity for employers as working holiday cap jumps to 2k

The government has expanded its Working Holiday Visa programme with Spain, enabling more young people to come to the country and work for longer.


Tourism, hospo secure median wage exemption on migrant workers
11 May 2022   /

Tourism, hospo secure median wage exemption on migrant workers

The government has allowed those industries to pay a lower wage threshold of $25 per hour to migrant workers but only until April 2023.


NZ expands working holiday scheme with Singapore
20 Apr 2022   /

NZ expands working holiday scheme with Singapore

An extension of New Zealand’s Working Holiday Scheme for Singapore will enable up to 300 Singaporeans to travel to New Zealand from 5 May.


INZ working on campaign to attract working holidaymakers – PM
30 Mar 2022   /

INZ working on campaign to attract working holidaymakers – PM

Immigration New Zealand is working on campaigns to attract working holiday visa visitors, according to Prime Minister Jacinda Arden.


Immigration minister ‘doing nothing’ to boost WHV incentives – Nats
22 Mar 2022   /

Immigration minister ‘doing nothing’ to boost WHV incentives – Nats

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Bumpy road ahead as hostels welcome return of WHVs
15 Mar 2022   /

Bumpy road ahead as hostels welcome return of WHVs

Despite the WHV scheme being back on the table, it will still be a rough year ahead for the hostel and youth sector, warns NZHA chair Brett Duncan.


Working holidaymakers welcome but no ‘silver bullet’ for employment
14 Mar 2022   /

Working holidaymakers welcome but no ‘silver bullet’ for employment

The government reopened working holiday visa applications at 11.59pm on Sunday night as it looked to help fill workforce shortages and support tourism.


Almost 70k resident visa applications submitted – INZ
11 Mar 2022   /

Almost 70k resident visa applications submitted – INZ

Nearly 70,000 2021 Resident Visa applications have been received since applications first opened on 1 December 2021.


Record number of applicants for resident visas
2 Mar 2022   /

Record number of applicants for resident visas

A record number of applications have been received following phase 2 of the government’s one-off 2021 Resident Visa.


Border plan pushes most international student arrivals to 2023 – ENZ
11 Feb 2022   /

Border plan pushes most international student arrivals to 2023 – ENZ

The timing of the government border reopening for international students means that a large group of them would not enrol until early 2023, says Education New Zealand.


Working holiday scheme offers hope for labour-short operators
8 Feb 2022   /

Working holiday scheme offers hope for labour-short operators

The first significant impact on the labour problem within the tourist industry could be provided by the return of working holiday makers from 13 March.


NZ, UK commit to extending working holiday scheme
21 Oct 2021  

NZ, UK commit to extending working holiday scheme

The New Zealand and UK governments have committed to enhancing their working holiday agreement.


8500+ visa holders granted extension to help plug summer labour gaps
12 Oct 2021   /

8500+ visa holders granted extension to help plug summer labour gaps

The government has extended working holiday and supplementary seasonal employment work visas by six months.


Visitor visas first to get improved processing
1 Oct 2021   /

Visitor visas first to get improved processing

Visitor visas will be the first to join an enhanced visa application system expected to reduce backlogs and speed approvals, says Immigration New Zealand.


International student exceptions take-up slows
1 Oct 2021   /

International student exceptions take-up slows

International student border exception visa arrival numbers have slowed since July, according to data from Immigration New Zealand.


Visa changes welcome for industry’s “invaluable contributors”
30 Sep 2021   /

Visa changes welcome for industry’s “invaluable contributors”

But there’s more to be done as the sector plans its staffing requirements for the recovery.


Govt moves on migrant workers, provides 165k resident visas
30 Sep 2021   /

Govt moves on migrant workers, provides 165k resident visas

The 2021 Resident Visa could allow around 17,000 workers in the accommodation and food sectors to stay in NZ.


Visa changes bring certainty, relief for sector – industry
16 Jul 2021   /

Visa changes bring certainty, relief for sector – industry

Changes to the essential skills visa will bring more certainty to accommodation and hospitality businesses struggling to fill vacancies, say industry groups.


Govt extends some visas, hospitality industry gives one cheer
10 Jun 2021   /

Govt extends some visas, hospitality industry gives one cheer

Extension seen as piecemeal rather than changing labour market paradigms for tourism.


Aviation training wastes away, with flow-on effects for tourism
2 Jun 2021   /

Aviation training wastes away, with flow-on effects for tourism

A lack of approved places for international students is taking a toll on NZ’s flight schools.


Business chambers call for visa rules ‘reset’
26 May 2021   /

Business chambers call for visa rules ‘reset’

Six recommendations to current immigration and visa rules has been put forward as business struggle to hire.


International students trickle in, outlook still murky
24 May 2021   /

International students trickle in, outlook still murky

Chinese students secure special ring-fenced MIQ allocation for June.


New visa rules won’t entice Kiwis into vacancies – Hospitality NZ
19 May 2021   /

New visa rules won’t entice Kiwis into vacancies – Hospitality NZ

Visas commonly used for workers such as chefs or snow sport instructors will be rolled into a new catch-all visa type that requires all employers to be registered with Immigration New Zealand.


Working holiday visas back on for certain travellers from Aus
19 Apr 2021   /

Working holiday visas back on for certain travellers from Aus

Immigration New Zealand has partially lifted its suspension on processing working holiday visas for certain applicants travelling from Australia.


Temporary visa extensions “vital” to hospo – HNZ
9 Apr 2021   /

Temporary visa extensions “vital” to hospo – HNZ

Hospitality New Zealand says the extension of the Immigration (Covid-19 Response) Amendment Bill will be vital as borders gradually re-open.


Govt extends temporary immigration powers
8 Apr 2021   /

Govt extends temporary immigration powers

Temporary Covid-19 immigration powers will be extended to May 2023, in part to help industries facing labour shortages.