From 24 February 2020 Immigration New Zealand has made changes to how it prioritises some resident visa applications.
The changes apply to the allocation of Skilled Migrant Category and Residence from Work Category applications.
INZ says it will continue to prioritise people with occupational registration and those earning twice the median wage (currently NZD$51 an hour and NZD$106,080 a year). However, applicants for Talent (Accredited Employer) Resident Visas will no longer be prioritised, unless they are either highly paid, or in an occupation requiring registration.
INZ says demand for applications under the Skilled Migrant Category (SMC) and Residence from Work (RFW) Category has risen significantly over the past 18 months, resulting in an increase in processing times.