Do you have a beloved family pet that you can’t imagine leaving behind when you emigrate? Then you’ll be happy to know that taking pets to New Zealand is possible.
The most important requirement to meet to directly import your cat or dog is to be from an approved country.
There is much more to know though. Below we’ll cover it all and give you links to detailed information:
- Approved countries
- The requirements
The costs involved
- Using a professional pet importer
At the start of this article that pets must come from approved countries. But what countries are approved and what does ‘approved’ mean?
To appear on New Zealand’s approved list of countries for pet import, a country has to be rabies free or rabies controlled. These countries are divided into three categories to indicate the permit, post-arrival inspection and quarantine requirements for each.
- Category 1: Australia and Norfolk Island. If you’re importing your pet from here, a permit and quarantine stay are not required and neither are post-arrival inspections in certain cases.
- Category 2 and 3: Permits are required if importing your pet from a category 2 or 3 country. Post-arrival inspections are also required, as is quarantine.
Should the country you’re importing from not appear on any of these lists, your pet won’t be allowed into New Zealand until it has spent 6 months in an approved country and you can provide a vet certificate.
You can download a document with the breakdown of all approved countries here.
New Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has published a step-by-step process for importing cats and dogs. This article includes a summary of the requirements, which is as follows:
- Ensure your cat or dog is eligible for import into New Zealand. Checking if you’re from an approved country is the best place to start.
- Ensure your dog is not a prohibited breed or type.
- Note the restrictions around hybrid breeds.
- Book an MPI-approved quarantine facility. This applies to all cats and dogs, except those from Australia.
- Apply for a permit to import from the MPI at least 20 working days before you’ll need the permit. Again, this does not apply to cats and dogs from Australia.
- Ensure all of the import requirements have been met.
- Notify an official veterinarian in New Zealand:
- At least 5 working days before arrival for cats and dogs from Australia.
- At least 72 hours before arrival for cats and dogs from all other approved countries.
- Declare any medication your animal is taking.
The costs involved
Taking pets to New Zealand is not necessarily cheap. You’ll have to pay for permits, inspections, and other costs as needed, for example quarantine fees.
The MPI lists some fees and charges you can expect to pay here. Don’t forget transport costs!
As explained, pets from Australia don’t have to stay in quarantine. Pets from all other approved countries have to stay in quarantine for a minimum of 10 days.
Please note that all cats and dogs must land in Auckland or Christchurch first. All other cats and dogs must be transferred to a quarantine facility.
Using a professional pet importer
The best piece of advice we can give you is to use a professional pet importer to get your pet to New Zealand successfully and safely.
In fact, most airline require that you use one when taking pets to New Zealand to ensure you’ve followed all the rules.
Professional pet exporters offers a wide range of services like arranging test, treatments, flights, permits, shipping crates and taking care of other requirements.
Please note: Intergate Emigration has not dealt with any of these providers. As such, this recommendation is not an official endorsement or guarantee of the services provided.
If you’re bringing a cat or dog from Australia, you don’t need a permit. However, you do need a permit if your pet is coming from an approved country.
When you come from any other country, your pet will only be able allowed into New Zealand after it has spent 6 months in an approved country.
To get through all the requirements without a hitch and get your furry family member into New Zealand safely, strongly consider using a professional pet importer.
For any other immigration advice, please do not hesitate to contact us.
New Zealand has announced a range of changes to the post-study work rights for international students.
These changes have been made for a number of reasons. Most significant, is New Zealand’s desire to reduce student exploitation and to encourage study in all regions.
The changes also support the government’s broader plans for a high-quality international system in order to generate educational, economic, social and cultural benefits to New Zealand.
What are the changes?
The most significant change to the post-study work rights for international students is the removal of post-study work visas to be sponsored by a specific employer.
Other changes include:
- One-year post-study open work visa: For students studying Level 4 – 6 and non-degree Level 7 qualifications. Graduate Diploma graduates who are working towards registration with a professional or trade body gets an additional year.
- Two-year post-study open work visa: For students studying Level 4 – 6 and non-degree Level 7 qualifications outside Auckland. This is provided the study is completed by December 2021. At this point, the post-study work rights revert to a one-year post-study open work visa for students studying Level 4 – 6 and non-degree Level 7 qualifications. Graduate Diploma graduates who are working towards registration with a professional or trade body again gets an additional year.
- Three-year post-study open work visa: For degree Level 7 or above qualifications.
- International students studying Level 8 qualifications must be in an area specified on the Long Term Skills Shortage List in order for their partner to be eligible for an open work visa, and in turn the couples’ dependent children to be eligible for fee-free domestic schooling.
- A 3-year, time-limited incentive to study outside of Auckland.
What will the effects of the changes be?
On the positive side, the New Zealand government hopes that the post-study work rights changes will reduce the exploitation of students by unscrupulous employers, education providers, and agents.
The changes will hopefully also have a positive effect on New Zealand by:
- Attracting international students studying at higher levels.
- Contributing the skills and qualifications New Zealand needs;
- Supporting the government’s wider economic goal of growing the regions; and
- Ensuring a high-quality international education sector.
However, it has been estimated that first-time student visas will see a drop in the range of 1200 to 600. Based on the desire to attract students studying at higher levels, though, this could be a knock New Zealand is willing to take.
When are the changes coming into effect?
The changes to the post-study work rights will come into effect on 26 November 2018. The changes will not affect:
- Current post-study work visa holders;
- Current students who are undertaking a qualification that, once completed, will meet the current qualification requirements as set out in current immigration settings.
Questions? Call us
If you have any questions on the post-study work rights, please do not hesitate to contact us. You Our advisors have all the answers to your questions about student visas and their requirements.
The Accredited Employer Work Visa is officially known as the Talent (Accredit Employer) Work Visa.
This visa enables you to work in New Zealand for an accredited employer who offers you work and is valid for up to 30 months.
What does ‘accredited employer’ mean?
An ‘accredited employer’ is a New Zealand employer who:
- Needs skilled or talented workers from overseas; and
- Has been pre-approved by Immigration New Zealand to hire foreigners.
It’s a win-win situation
Once accredited, the employer doesn’t have to provide supporting information for each and every visa application. This simplifies the process of employing a foreigner significantly.
You also benefit, because the employer actively seeks migrants. Not only that, the employer also understands the intricacies and timelines of immigration. You’ll have much less convincing to do.
Talent (Accredited Employer) Work Visa requirements
The first step to working for an accredited employer is having the skills and qualifications the company needs. Then you’ll also have to meet the requirements for this visa, as set out by Immigration New Zealand.
The main requirements are that you:
- Must be the 55 or younger.
- Have a job offer from an accredited employer, which has to be for:
- Full-time work; and
- More than 2 years; and
- You must earn at least NZD79,560 a year (before tax).
- Work in the specific occupation and for the specific accredited employer detailed in the job offer that was the basis of your work visa application.
- Must have full provisional registration, if it’s needed to work in your occupation in New Zealand.
Is there an accredited employers list?
Yes, there is an accredited employers list for New Zealand. It can be found on Immigration New Zealand’s website. You can either search by industry sector or simply scroll through the list to find an employer.
What if my employer loses their accredited status?
If your employer loses their accredited status after you’ve received your work visa, you can either:
- Work for another accredited employer; or
- Apply for a variation of conditions. If approved, this would allow you to work for a company that is not an accredited employer. The main criteria here is that you’d have to earn at least NZD55,000 a year before tax.
Do I qualify for permanent residence on the Accredited Employer Work Visa?
If you held an Accredited Employer Work visa or had an active application for an Accredited Employer Work visa on or before 7 October 2019, you are eligible to apply for a Permanent Resident Visa.
Unfortunately, the legislation was changed in 2019 so that the Accredited Employer Work Visa is no longer a pathway to residence. This change took effect on 7 October 2019.
Need advice on the Accredit Employer Work Visa?
If you’d like us to advise you on the Accredited Employer Work Visa, you’re welcome to contact us. Our advisors can also tell you more about the emigration process and how we can help you with any visa applications.