Immigration Updates

September 12, 2022

Hot off the Press – Changes to Health Criteria

New Zealand – effective 02 September 2022 – RESIDENCE CATEGORY

From 02 September 2022, the threshold for determining conditions that may impose significant health costs has increased from $41,000 to $81,000.

We don’t see this as a disadvantaging an applicant who has chronic health issues. If anything, the cost over FIVE years has given a future applicant $40,000 more leeway.

Most applicants for residence class visas must have an acceptable standard of health.  

The prior threshold for determining whether health conditions impose significant costs was $41,000, over: 

  • five years, or  
  • the predicted course of the condition. 

Residence applications lodged before 4 September 2022 will be assessed at the previous cost threshold of $41,000. Applicants may be considered for medical waivers on a case-by-case basis.  

If you have concerns about your Health and feel you will need some guidance for medical waivers, feel free to contact us by emailing or calling us on +64 0274214153.

July 27, 2022

Skilled Residence Pathways announced

Three new residence pathways for people working in roles on the Tier 1 and Tier 2 Green Lists and those earning at least twice the median wage have been reflected with the creation of three sub-categories:
i. Green List Straight to Residence
ii. Green List Work to Residence
iii. Highly Paid

To be eligible for these new skilled residence pathways, applicants must meet the following
i. be 55 years old or younger,
ii. be able to meet the Skilled Migrant Category English language requirements,
iii. be able to meet standard health and character requirements for residence, and
iv. have or have been offered a job with an accredited employer.

To discuss your eligibility and options, contact us at or

call us on +64 0274214153 .

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