Image Source: Radio NZ
Image Source: Radio NZ


On the same day where significant changes where announced to New Zealand’s Residence Program (NZRP), Minister of Immigration Michael Woodhouse revealed the rational and new immigration targets, where the possibility of further tightening of temporary visas may happen by the end of 2016, according to an interview between Radio New Zealand and Woodhouse.

In the days following various poll results showing record numbers of new migrants settling in New Zealand, the current National government has come under fire and accused by the opposition of making a “U-turn” on immigration.

However, the NZRP provides a planning range which allows flexibility for the government to make fewer decisions at times of lower demand, such as when economic activity is depressed, while setting clear parameters for maximum numbers.

Therefore, as the previous NZRP target was set to conclude on June 2016, the new parameters set by the government has been announced in a timely manner, contrary to what the opposition asserts.

The planning range for residence visa approvals for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 financial years is between 85,000 and 95,000.

Thomas. Jefferson Associates will continue to monitor and update our blog on impacts of the new announcement made recently, and in particular, the impact and outcomes of those who were affected in the coming months.


If you have an eligibility enquiry since the new changes took place, do get in touch with one of our specialist consultants on for a free, no-obligation chat and assessment of your personal circumstances. 

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