Immigration News Round-Up

By Lavinia Askin

6 June 2023

The past couple of weeks have seen a raft of immigration related announcements and developments.  In this article we highlight the key developments to keep you updated.

Accredited Employer search tool now available

A new Accredited Employer search tool is now available on the Immigration New Zealand website which aims to assist migrants with checking whether their current or prospective employer is accredited.

Migrants will be able to search the name or New Zealand Business Number (NZBN) of the employer they are interested in working for and see the company name, trading name, NZBN and accreditation expiry date.

However, it is important to note that it will be possible for accredited employers to ask Immigration New Zealand for their business details to be removed from the online list.  Thus overtime, the reliability of the search results may be questionable.   

If you are in doubt as to the accreditation status of a particular employer it is advisable to seek expert advice before commencing work.

Click here to Access the Accredited Employer Search Tool.

Parent Resident Visa Expression of Interest Forms

The Parent Category Resident Visa Expression of Interest (EOI) process has become more accessible with the introduction of a new online form on the Immigration New Zealand’s website. Click here to access the new form.

While paper-based EOI form remains as an option for those who prefer it, the online form streamlines the application process, making it more convenient for applicants.

The fee to submit an EOI into the Parent Category Resident Visa Ballot is $430.

Additional residence pathways new to the Green List

Health sector

32 additional health sector roles have now been added to the Green List. All Green List health roles have now moved to the Straight to Residence pathway.

These roles span the wider health sector, from enrolled nurses, nurse practitioners, dentists and dental technicians, MRI scanning technologists, paramedics, optometrists and pharmacists to counselling.

Eligible applicants can now submit their applications.

Transport sector

All roles covered by the Transport sector agreement will be able to apply for residence from 29 September 2023 if they have completed the 2 years of work requirement.

These are the approved transport roles:

  • bus driver
  • truck driver
  • aircraft refueller
  • furniture removalist
  • tanker driver
  • tow truck driver
  • ship’s master
  • deck hand.

Talk to us

Should you have any inquiries regarding these recent developments, do not hesitate to contact our experienced team of immigration lawyers.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this publication is of a general nature and is not intended as legal advice. It is important that you seek legal advice that is specific to your circumstances.

Lavinia Askin

Lavinia Askin

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