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More and more Filipinos are looking to New Zealand, either for holiday travel, temporary work opportunities, or as their new home.  That means the New Zealand embassy’s immigration office is now busier than ever before.

 

The Philippines was New Zealand’s fourth-largest source of skilled migrants in 2008, behind only the UK, China and India.  Filipinos make around half of all applications for permanent residence in New Zealand from the Asia-Middle East region. 

 

This means thee immigration office has seen significant growth over the past five years, with an average 25% growth each year in all visa applications.  

 

Fuelling this application growth is the desire of New Zealand employers to have Filipinos in their workforces.  A positive work ethic, ability to speak and write good English, solid technical and skilled qualifications and work experience make Philippine workers attractive for New Zealand employers needing to fill skilled roles.

 

Healthcare and farming have been the most popular sectors, while information technology, engineering, hospitality and retail have also been growth areas.

 

Like many western countries with ageing populations and a demand for skilled workers, New Zealand has a need for registered nurses.  The Philippines, along with the UK, China and India, has been a major source of applicants intending to work in New Zealand’s medical centres.

 

 New Zealand’s international reputation for being a first-class dairy producer means that kiwi farmers are in need of skilled and experienced workers.  They are increasingly looking to the Philippines to meet that need.

 

The New Zealand Government, through its agency Immigration New Zealand, manages industry shortages like this through a skills shortage list that is regularly updated with listings from both private and public sector groups.  Included on the list are the qualifications and work experience required to be considered as a skilled worker.  This  affords Filipinos the ability to self-assess the likelihood of visa approval, and gives New Zealand employers the ability to recruit faster with greater assuredness of visa application outcomes.

 

 

Immigration New Zealand is committed to ensuring a high standard of service is provided for our business clients at all times.  As of May 2009, all New Zealand based immigration advisers were required by law to be licensed.  Offshore advisers, including those based in the Philippines, have until May 2010 to register.  More information on the registration process can be found at www.iaa.govt.nz.

 

Here in the Manila office, all clients now receive automatic acknowledgement emails informing them of their client details and processing timeframes.  This means that visa applicants are kept up to date as their applications progress through the system.

 

In early 2009 our outsourced lodgement provider opened a new Cebu office to complement the existing Manila operations.  This gives us the opportunity to better serve clients from the Visayas region.  New internal profiling measures have also greatly improved our ability to process our high-value business and tourism clients faster.  Approximately 80% of short-term temporary travellers’ visas are now processed within 5 working days.

 

The New Zealand government has also recently revised its immigration rules to attract a wider range of business migrants to the country.  The new policy package will make it easier for migrants who want to invest or set up a business in New Zealand and gain permanent residence.  More details on the changes can befound at www.immigration.govt.nz/migrant/general/generalinformation/news/invest.htm

 

For more information on visa lodgement procedures, or if you have any questions, please see our website: www.immigration.govt.nz/manila.

 

 

Immigration New Zealand

New Zealand Embassy

Manila

 

Current President

Ian Porter
2012 - Present

List of Past Presidents

Ian Porter
2012 - 2013
John Casey
2010 - 2012
Richard Barclay
2002 - 2010
Bill Mason
2000 - 2002
Peter Gomm
1999 - 2000
Peter Wallace
1994 - 1999
John Fairfield
1992 - 1994
Charles Searby
1990 - 1992
Peter Wallace
1987 - 1990
Simon Israel
1986 - 1987
David Bonney
1984 - 1986
J. Marcus Cooney
1981 - 1984

List of Past Presidents

 

John Casey
(2010 - 2012)


Richard Barclay
(2002 - 2010)

Bill Mason
(2000 - 2002)

Peter Gomm
(1999 - 2000)

Peter Wallace
(1994 - 1999)

John Fairfield
(1992 - 1994)

Charles Searby
(1990 - 1992)

Peter Wallace
(1987 -1990)

Simon Israel
(1986 - 1987)

David Bonney
(1984 -1986)

J. Marcus Cooney
(1981 - 1984)

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