What's New At CC Recruitment?
With summer just around the corner, it’s all warming up at CCR!
We had a blast celebrating the Filipino community in NZ at the Pistang Pilipino 2022 this past labour weekend. It was such a pleasure to be involved!
The next event on the agenda for us is the National Fieldays which is quickly approaching at the end of November. We are excited to be an exhibitor at the largest agricultural event in New Zealand and hopefully, we’ll see some of you there.
And what’s new in immigration? Partnership Open Work Visas are due to close in December, and the Skilled Migrant Category Visa and the Parent Resident Visa have reopened in response to New Zealand businesses’ labour issue to help bring in and retain skilled workers. Immigration Minister Michael Wood said, “we are resuming the Skilled Migrant Category under the current settings to help attract more workers.”
Recent Event - Pistang Pilipino 2022
Over labour weekend, CC Recruitment had the honour of sponsoring and attending the 2022 Filipino festival in Palmerston North where we could take part and get involved with the events that took place over the long weekend. We especially enjoyed the beauty pageant with our very own director Andrea Ryan judging the competition. The crowd were extremely vocal, and it was clear that along with boxing and basketball, Pinoys love a beauty pageant!
It was a great display of the culture and life within the Filipino community in NZ and is a reminder that we are a part of a community that is much bigger than ourselves.
Upcoming Event - National Fieldays
After covid delays, it’s finally back and we are as excited as ever! We are happy to announce that the CCR team will be attending the largest agricultural event in the country: Fieldays!
You can find our exhibit at site PD16 in The Pavillion at Mystery Creek for the duration of the National Fieldays: 30 November – 3 December.
It feels like it’s been a long time coming, and with the event being postponed to the summer we’ll probably see more people in jandals than gumboots. We look forward to seeing you if you’re going to the Fieldays too, so come find us and have a chat with the CCR team.
Immigration Update - What's Changed?
On October 12th Immigration Minister Michael Wood announced the reopening of the Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa and the Parent Resident Visa, both of which had been closed for the past couple of years due to covid disruptions. Plus, heads-up on the closing of Partnership Open Work Visas.
Partnership open work visas are closing in December (no official date yet). Once closed, for partners to be able to work in New Zealand, they will need to find their own employers to get their own AEWV. For those who didn’t qualify for the 2021 fast-track residency, and would like to bring their family, contact us now to apply for family visas with open work rights. Those who have successfully applied for their residency are not affected by this update.
Reopening of Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa
To retain skilled workers, the Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa has been reintroduced allowing more people to qualify for residency in NZ, which should help NZ attract and retain more skilled workers. Along with reopening this visa, INZ has made a couple of changes to the conditions, the main takeaways being the removal of the placements cap for the visa, introduction of a median wage threshold, and raising the points requirement from 160 to 180 with points accumulated from a mix of qualifications, income, and length in NZ.
Reopening of Parent Resident Visa
To allow more migrant families to settle in New Zealand, the Parent Resident Visa has been reintroduced with reduced requirements for sponsors and an increase to the cap on numbers. The number of visas available each year has increased from 1000 to 2500. For all existing and new expressions of interest, a sponsor now needs to earn 1.5 times the New Zealand median wage rather than twice the median wage. This limit increases by half the median wage for each joint sponsor or additional parent.
Good news for those who have been waiting on the SMC and Parent categories to reopen. Remember, the team at CC Recruitment are happy to assist you with any and all needs. And for those attending the upcoming Fieldays, we’ll see you there!
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