New Zealand Residence Programme policy changes

The planning range for the NZRP is being lowered for the two years between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2018.

The arranging range for the NZRP is being brought down for the two years between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2018. The range will be 85,000 to 95,000 contrasted with 90,000 with 100,000 throughout the previous two years.

To guarantee the quantity of living arrangement endorsements is inside the changed arranging range the programmed choice check for transients applying for home under the Skilled Migrant Category (SMC) is being raised from 140 to 160 Points.

There are additionally changes being made to the way SMC candidates can indicate prove they meet the English Language prerequisites, which will require more individuals to attempt formal tests. From November 2016 Immigration New Zealand will have the capacity to acknowledge a more extensive scope of English Language tests.

The policy is also being reviewed so that it continues to deliver maximum value for New Zealand.

And also the progressions to the SMC the quantity of spots for the topped family classifications is being diminished from 5,500 to 2,000 every year and the Parent Category will be incidentally shut for new applications while it is evaluated. Subsequently, no Expressions of Interest will be chosen from the Parent Category Pool from 12 October 2016.

What is the New Zealand Residence Programme (NZRP)?

The New Zealand Residence Programme (NZRP) manages residence approvals and is structured in three streams which reflect the Government’s objectives:

  • Skilled / business - For skilled workers, investors and entrepreneurs (and their immediate family members)
  • Family - For family members of New Zealand citizens and residents. Includes both uncapped categories for partners and dependent children, and capped categories for parents, adult children and siblings
  • International / Humanitarian - To meet international and humanitarian commitments (for example, the Pacific Access Category and refugee quota)


The NZRP gives an arranging reach which permits adaptability to settle on less choices on occasion of lower request, for example, when monetary action is discouraged, while setting clear parameters for most extreme numbers. The arranging range for habitation visa endorsements for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 budgetary years is in the vicinity of 85,000 and 95,000.

What has been the trend in residence numbers over the last decade?

In the course of the most recent 10 years the number of people approved residence has varied between just under 39,000 and a little more than 52,000 with the number for most years in the vicinity of 40,000 and 45,000. Migration New Zealand's resident visa approvals forecast for the present year demonstrates that endorsements were probably going to be more than 54,000 if no changes were made to approach or procedures – an expansion of more than 2,000 on last year figures.

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