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Migration hits new annual record in March

Thursday April 23, 2015

The New Zealand Herald reports that New Zealand migration hit a new annual record in Mach, as more students arrived from India and China and fewer locals left for Australia.

The country had a net gain of 56,275 migrants in the year through March, 75 per cent higher than the 31,914 gain in the previous year.

This development is helping stoke economic activity, pushing up demand for housing and cars. 

New Zealand´s construction-fuelled economic upturn is continuing to draw in foreign workers in historically very large numbers. And the inflow of international students remains high.


eMedical comes to New Zealand

Wednesday, 1 April 2015
Immigration New Zealand (INZ) has now established  eMedical in New Zealand. 
A total of 133  New Zealand-based medical and radiology clinics are now able to begin using the  electronic health processing tool to record immigration medical examinations.

A list of INZ’s new onshore panel physician network is published on INZ’s website.

INZ General Manager Stephen Dunstan says that the full deployment of eMedical has created significant benefits for INZ visa applicants and the New Zealand public health sector.

“eMedical represents a significant change to the way INZ processes health information for our visa applicants. With eMedical now enabled and supported around the world, INZ’s visa applicants can expect faster and more consistent decision-making where medical information is required.”

1 March 2015: Agreement with China UnionPay will come into effect 

An agreement between Immigration New Zealand (INZ) and China UnionPay, the major electronic payment card used by Chinese nationals, will improve visa processing.

The agreement will enable holders of Platinum and Diamond UnionPay credit cards to provide evidence of their ‘premium card’ status in lieu of employment and funds documentation. 

Applicants will still need to meet all other requirements, including being of good character and an acceptable standard of health.

 New Skill Shortage Lists will be published in March 2015!

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has completed its annual review of two of the Essential Skills in Demand (ESID) Lists – the Long Term Skill Shortage List (LTSSL) and the Immediate Skill Shortage List (ISSL). 

The updated lists are now available on our website:  View Skill Shortage Lists


February 2015

No Labour Market Test necessary for some visa applicants in Queenstown!

To reflect particularly strong growth in the tourism industry in the Queenstown region, the Ministers of Tourism and Immigration have agreed to temporarily waive the labour market test requirement under the Essential Skills work visa policy for certain occupations.

The labour market test requires that an employer makes genuine attempts to fill a vacancy and that there is a shortage of New Zealanders available to take up the role.

Work visa applicants for these occupations will not have to provide evidence from their potential employer of demonstrating genuine attempts to fill the vacancy with a New Zealander.

The labour market test has been removed for visa applications to work in occupations that are

  • Skill level 1 -3 occupations on the Australia and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) or
  • on the Ministry of Social Development’s Queenstown 2014/15 Labour Market Check exemption list.

The waiver will be in place until 30 June 2015. 


 E-Medicals: Medicals can now be submitted online!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Immigration New Zealand (INZ) has selected clinics from all over the country to be part of an onshore panel physician network that will complete immigration medical examinations for onshore New Zealand visa applicants. 

A total of 72 medical clinics, 54 radiology clinics and eight clinics that offer both services have been invited to join the onshore panel physician network and use a new system known as eMedical, which allows physicians to submit medical certificates and x-rays online. 

Immigration New Zealand`s General Manager Stephen Dunstan says that eMedical is expected to replace 100 per cent of paper-based medical certificates onshore.


Short-term employment forecasts: 2014-2017

Source: Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment

Employment forecasts over the 3 years to March 2017 are presented in this report.

These employment forecasts will be used to inform the Ministry’s advice relating to immigration priorities, and priority setting for tertiary education and industry training over the next 2-3 years.


Key points are:

  • Employment is forecast to grow by 2.4% between 2014 and 2015 March year, by 2.2% between 2015 and 2016 and by 1.6% between 2016 and 2017

  • The unemployment rate is forecast to decline, falling to 5.3% by March quarter 2015 then declining gradually to 5.1% by March quarter 2016 and dropping further to 4.8% by March quarter 2017

  • Strong employment growth is forecast in the construction and utility industry over the next 2-3 years

  • Growth in demand for employment in highly skilled occupations (mostly managers and professionals) will be higher than the overall employment growth. 


Canterbury still tops in employment growth

Source: stuff.co.nz November 2014

In the year to the September quarter, the region that is focusing on an earthquake rebuild accounted for almost half the national employment growth. Nationwide, the unemployment rate fell 0.2 percentage points to 5.4 per cent in the three months to September, according to Statistics New Zealand's household labour force survey.

Sectors with the biggest employment increases in Canterbury in the year to September included construction, with 13,800 more people employed since the September 2013 quarter. Employment in the retail trade and accommodation industry grew by 7,800 people from 12 months earlier. Employment also grew in other regions. Over the year to the September quarter, employment in Auckland grew by 15,400 people and Waikato employment grew by 14,300 people.


December 2014


NZ's 'rock-star' economy has more in store, says expert

Source: NZ Herald December 2014

The rock-star economy will give an encore next year, says the economist who attached that label to New Zealand. HSBC's chief economist for Australia and New Zealand, Paul Bloxham, expects growth to slow next year but to a rate that is still above its long-term trend and outperforms most other developed countries. [...] One of its underpinnings is the unexpectedly strong surge in net immigration, a key element of which is the fact that fewer New Zealanders are leaving for Australia and more are returning. 


 November 2014

New Zealand Immigration Concepts has joined the Italian Chamber of Commerce in New Zealand


Wednesday, 11 June 2014, 10:13 am

Press Release: Hospitality New Zealand

Limits on Immigration and Work Visas may stop tourism growth

Hospitality businesses are already struggling to find chefs and managers of restaurants and bars. The suggestion by some political parties that they want to further limit the industry’s access to migrant workers on work visas will severely limit the industry’s ability to meet the needs of New Zealand’s growing tourism market, says Adam Cunningham, President of Hospitality New Zealand. A recent survey of its members showed that 96.9% believe there are significant skill shortages for café, restaurant and bar managers, with over 58% taking three months or more to find suitable candidates. Of those finally employed, 50.4% were on some sort of work visa. The picture for chefs was similar with over 59% taking three months or more to find a suitable candidate of which 45.6% were on a work visa of some sort.

The industry has a priority to employ New Zealanders but they are simply not available in the numbers required. For restaurant, café and bar managers 38.5% of respondents had sought candidates from Work and Income with only 2.2% finding suitable candidates. The same story applied for chefs with only 2.1% finding suitable candidates from Work and Income.

These skill shortages are only going to get worse as the economy improves and tourism numbers grow. Any limitations on the ability to employ suitably skilled migrants would severely limit the industry’s ability to meet the growing demand, said Mr Cunningham.


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