Migrant worker bans: 70 firms fall foul of new rules
Wednesday 4th October 2017
The Labour Inspectorate has banned 70 businesses in six months from hiring migrant workers after they breached labour laws.
Companies can now be banned from being able to hire migrant workers for between six and 18 months for breaches including not having written employment contracts, underpaying workers or breaching the Holidays Act.
Skilled Migrant details announced
Detailed information about changes to the Skilled Migrant Category is now available. The amended policy comes in to effect on 28 August 2017.
Changes to the Skilled Migrant Category were announced on 19 April 2017 and will be implemented on 28 August 2017.
The Skilled Migrant Category changes are designed to ensure we are attracting migrants who bring the most economic benefits to New Zealand and to improve the skill composition of people gaining residence under the Skilled Migrant Category.
International students studying in New Zealand might be considering ‘what next’ and looking at what visa options they or their families have in New Zealand.
“If you’re looking for immigration advice about the options you have to stay in New Zealand after your studies, check your adviser is a Licensed Immigration Adviser or exempt person, such as a New Zealand lawyer,” says Registrar of the Immigration Advisers Authority (IAA) Catherine Albiston.
New Zealand universities gain in 2018 QS world university rankings
Thursday 8th June 2017
The University of Waikato has emerged most improved amidst a strong performance by New Zealand universities in a new international ranking.
Five universities gained in the annual QS World University Rankings released on Thursday, with all but Auckland University of Technology (AUT) among the top 350.
Auckland University was New Zealand's top-placed provider at 82nd worldwide, sliding back one spot on last year's rankings.
Licensed Immigration Advisers in India protecting migrants to New Zealand
Friday 11th March 2016
New Zealand immigration officials have been in India recently to raise awareness of licensed immigration advisers, and to help ensure Indian residents looking to migrate to New Zealand know what they need to do when seeking immigration advice.
eMedical for Immigration New Zealand
eMedical for Immigration New Zealand (INZ) moves onshore from 31 March 2015, and will see the establishement of an onshore Panel Physician network.
The composition of the panel physician network eill begin with 71 medical clinics and nine combined services clinics nationwide, to ensure broad geographic coverage.
INZ will be introducing 1,400 eMedical users as part of the introduction of the onshore panel physician network.
For a full list of eMedical enabled clinics in your area where your client can complete an immigration medical examination, visit: www.immigration.govt.nz/healthinfo and find the approved list under ‘Approved panel physicians’ on this page. The list for the onshore panel physician network is scheduled to be available on Monday 30 March.
Eleven known regional gaps remain, due to a lack of local tenderers through the procurement process, where either a medical or radiology clinic is required. It’s expected these gaps will be covered soon.
Over the next three months from 31 March, there will be transition period, which will mean areas where gaps still exist will be covered by allowing paper-based medical certificates to continue. That transition period that runs until 30 June 2015 also gives clinics that weren’t successful in the procurement process time to adjust their business models.
Since the first roll out of eMedical in November 2014, eMedical is now live for INZ in 128 countries and is supported by over 4,800 clinical users.
Non-eMedical enabled offshore physicians have been asked to directly submit remaining paper-based medical certificates directly to INZ, rather than having these handed back to be submitted with the rest of a visa application. Medical certificates should be submitted via eMedical where eMedical is made available. If eMedical is not yet available in the country where a client is applying from, paper-based certificates will continue to be used.
INZ’s website has also been updated with relevant information to guide both applicants and panel physicians. If your client needs more information, please refer them to the INZ website for eMedical information here: http://www.immigration.govt.nz/migrant/general/generalinformation/qanda/emedical.htm
Ambition Immigration now a member of Immigration Authority's Reference Group ...
Amar Manchanda has recently become one of the members of Immigration Authority’s Reference Group for 2015.
There are only 10 members at present, from both New Zealand and overseas.
Meetings will be held on a regular basis and agenda and timings will be sent out prior to the meetings.