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Latest New Zealand Immigration News and Updates

By Rajneesh Kumar Posted 16, May 2017

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New Zealand is the new most desired immigration destination. The immigration rate in NZ has risen drastically in last one year. The skilled workers, international students, and investors from all parts of the world are applying for NZ visa. Hence, now-a-days, worldwide immigration aspirants follow every New Zealand immigration update closely. Let us look at the key NZ immigration news and updates in last few weeks.

  • Skilled Migrant Category Fortnightly draw occurred
The fortnightly draw of NZ Skilled Migrant Category residence program held on May 10, 2017. The qualifying points for the draw were 160 points or more. As a result, 608 submitted EOIs (Expression of Interests) selected including 1,159 registrants under SMC category. The next SMC draw will take place after a fortnight.
  • The Service fee at NZ VAC Centers Increased
The Service fee applicable at a few New Zealand Visa Application Centers (VACs) has been increased w.e.f. May 1, 2017. The locations of VACs, where the new fee changes will be applicable are as follows:
  • India
  • Sri Lanka
  • Fiji
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Solomon Islands
  • New Caledonia
  • Vanuatu
  • Nauru

To confirm the updated fee, you may send a mail at

New Residence Pathway visa announced for South Island

The New Zealand government has announced a new pathway to residence for about 1,600 immigrants and their families. These immigrant workers are living in South Island, New Zealand, for over 5 years now.

The individuals in South Island who are eligible will be given primary work to residence visa (temporary), which will make these workers eligible for permanent residence, after 2 years. However, they require staying in the same region as well as occupation after the specified period. After that, they will receive the NZ residence Visa. On receipt of new residence visa, they need to stay in the same region for another 2 years.

This new visa policy will be applicable w.e.f. May 22, 2017. The applications for the same will be accepted for one year from the date of commencement.
  • Changes Announced in the Skilled Migrant Category (SMC) of New Zealand
The NZ Government has announced some key changes to the Skilled Migrant Category (SMC) to better manage the program and enhance the contribution of the migrants under this category to the NZ labour market. The changes will be applicable to several key aspect of the program including:
  • The assessment and allocation of points for ‘skilled employment’ and ‘work experience’
  • Assessment and allocation of points given for qualifications and age
  • Removal of points for some profile factors

The new point allocation is expected to be revealed by the end of June or in the first half of July 2017. The changes in the Skilled Migrant Category (SMC) will take effect from August 14, 2017.

Want to apply for relevant New Zealand visa?

If you wish to apply for work, PR, student or tourist visa in New Zealand, you may send your details and query to the certified NZ migration expert at Visas Avenue on email id-


Rajneesh Kumar

Rajneesh Kumar is a well-known writer,blogger and content creator. His passion and expertise in writing content on Immigration, visa, political affairs, News, current affairs, etc. makes him one of the best professional writers around.

He has been creating the Immigration Content, i.e. Blogs, Articles, social media, videos, etc. for more than 5 years now.


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