Immigration resident visa application prioritisation changes

From 24 February 2020, Immigration New Zealand has made changes to how it prioritises Skilled Migrant Category (SMC) and Residence from Work  (RFW) Category applications. This is a result of an increase in demand over the past 18 months resulting in an increase in processing times.

INZ will continue to prioritise people with occupational registration and those earning twice the median wage (currently NZD$51 an hour and NZD$106,080 a year). However, applicants for Talent (Accredited Employer) Resident Visas will no longer be prioritised, unless they are either highly paid, or in an occupation requiring registration. More information is available here.

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