Effective 24 February 2020, applications under the Residence for

Work (RFW) programme will no longer be prioritised over those under

the Skilled Migrant Category (SMC).

Applications will now only be prioritised where an applicant

requires professional registration or earns at least twice the New

Zealand median wage (currently NZD 106,080 per year).

Processing times for RFW applications are therefore likely to

increase, and temporary entry visas may need to be renewed while

the applicant is waiting for a residence decision.

The content of this article is intended to provide a general

guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought

about your specific circumstances.

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