14 September 2023 – Higher median wage to apply from February 2024

Starting from February 2024, a revised median wage of NZD $31.61 per hour will be integrated into the immigration system. Various visa categories, such as work and skilled residence visas, use wage thresholds or criteria linked to this median wage. This adjustment in...

1 March 2023 – Changes coming for partners of work visa holders

INZ have warned us since mid-2022 that changes were coming for partners of work visa holders.  We have now received clarity from the government on what those changes will look like and take place from 31 May 2023. The key changes are: Partners of work visa holders...

5 Dec 2022- Changes to partner work visas deferred to April 2023

The Immigration Minister has today announced a delay to controversial changes regarding work rights for partners of some temporary work visa holders. Greenstone Immigration had been waiting for these to come into effect in December 2022 but these have now been...

18 Nov 2022 – Prioritization of ’21 Resident visa applications

Immigration NZ has just announced that they will be offering prioritization of 2021 resident visa processing where the applicants are separated from their offshore partners and/or dependent children.   Criteria for prioritisation: your 2021 resident visa must be...

13 October 2022 – Skilled Migrant residence category reopens

Get in fast to apply with only 160 points. After a 2-year break, the first skilled migrant EOI selection is happening on 9 November 2022, with the second on 18 January, and thereafter on the third Wednesday of every following month. Am I eligible?  Get in contact with...

9 Sept 2022 – More Working Holiday places available

INZ has made more Working Holiday places available Nineteen countries whose capped working holiday schemes had already been filled and closed are being re-opened over the next month, and there will be more places available. Country Re-opening date Extra places to be...

9 Sept 2022 – Significant changes to Post-study work visa rules

INZ has just announced some significant changes to the rules around post-study work visas. The changes apply to anyone who has applied for a student visa after 11 May 2022. The changes make it more difficult to obtain a post-study work visa. The conditions and...

4 July 2022 – Labour market and Immigration system challenges

It is no secret that the New Zealand labour market is facing unprecedented skills shortages across a broad range of industries. The usual influx of working holiday visa holders has not yet materialized, and there is increasing economic commentary that many young New...