Government of New Zealand announces reforms to residency permits

Posted on October 15, 2016

Keeping in the view the increasing number of immigrants in New Zealand, the Government of New Zealand has announced several reforms to the residency regulations for immigrants. The Immigration Minister ‘Immigrants add a valuable contribution to the New Zealand’s culture and economic sector, and hence the Government review’s all immigration settings regularly to ensure that they are working as desired”.

As of the news, the reforms would be made around the following aspects:

  1. Less than 5,000 residency permits will be issued
  2. The points one needs to obtain the residency status will be increased
  3. The parent category will go inactive

By the announcement, it has been analyzed that the Government of New Zealand aims to bring down the target range of residence permits set for the next two years (2016-2018) from 90,000- 1,00,000 to 85,000- 95,000. With this, the change in target score will also increase, i.e. an applicant will need to score 160 instead of 140 points under the Skilled Migrant Category. Moreover, the number of places for the capped family categories is being decreased from 5,500 to 2,000 per annum.

‘Increasing the points required to gain residence will moderate the growth in applications in the Skilled Migrant Category and enable us to lower the overall number of migrants gaining residence. Changes to the Family Category, including temporarily closing the Parent Category to new applications, will also reduce the total number of migrants being granted residence,” the Immigration Minister said.

However, this announcement indicates that the Government is taking a responsible and practical approach to manage immigration in New Zealand.