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Immigration News from New Zealand May - June 2018
Written by Crispin Aranda.
Updated May 28, 2018 | New Zealand

Visa Application Centre service fee increase Friday starting 1 June 2018

Immigration New Zealand (INZ) notified visa applicants that starting 1 June 2018 the service fee payable in the following of Visa Application Centres (VACs) will increase.

  • India
  • USA
  • Fiji
  • Papua New Guinea
  • New Caledonia
  • Kiribati
  • Vanuatu
  • Australia
  • Nauru
  • Sri Lank

Canterbury to close Employment Hub due to reduced demand from employers

On Monday, 21 May 2018, the New Zealand Immigration Services (NZIS) announced that “the Canterbury Skills and Employment Hub will be closing permanently on 29 June 2018. It will not accept any new vacancies after 1 June 2018.”

The Skills and Employment Hub is a joint initiative by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and the Ministry of Social Development…to meet the anticipated high demand for labour as the rebuild programme expands and as the wider Canterbury economy recovers.”

The Hub is a one stop shop for where  botgh employers and job seekers may register for job matching..

“In preparation for its permanent closure on Friday 29 June 2018, the Canterbury Skills and Employment Hub will not be accepting new vacancies or registrations by employers or job seekers after 1 June 2018.”

So, beware of offers through internet, email or other postings about jobs in Cantebury after 1 June 2018.”

New regional partnership agreement signed

A new three-year agreement to attract and retain skilled migrants to the was signed May 9 by senior officials representing Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED), Auckland Council and Immigration New Zealand (INZ).

Similar regional agreements are in place with The Bay of Plenty and Manawatu-Whanganui.

These agreements intend to “address skill gaps for industries and support growing sectors that have been facing long-term labour shortages in their high skill occupations – such as the IT sector.”

Currently, having studied and worked in regions outside Auckland enable skilled migrant applicants get bonus points towards their Expression of Interest – click here for the official and updated information on New Zealad’s Skilled Migration program and the criteria that applicants must meet to qualify and be invited to apply for permanent residency - https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/apply-for-a-visa/about-visa/skilled-migrant-category-resident-visa

Seasonal labour shortage in the Bay of Plenty region opens opportunities for temporary work

On 7 May 2018 the Ministry of Social Development declared “a seasonal labour shortage” thereby allowing visitor visa holders to apply for and undertake up to six weeks temporary, seasonal work in the Bay of Plenty region.

Immigration New Zealand defined seasonal work to include planting, maintaining, harvesting and

About the Author

Crispin Aranda

Crispin Aranda

Crispin R. Aranda is an established International Visa Conselor and Immigrant Advocate. He is the president of IVC and is in several migration radio programs.

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