The pace of immigration continued to increase for the third month in a row in October, the highest monthly inflow since June 2003, Statistics New Zealand figures show.
Asian business migrants looking at moving to New Zealand are being urged to invest in real estate to secure their residency.
Nearly one in four immigrants from China gaining New Zealand permanent residence last year were aged 50 or over.
Asians are dominating in visitor and international student numbers and in most family-migration categories to New Zealand.
A Queenstown trip turned sour for some visiting foreign nationals who were refused entry when they arrived at the border, statistics show.
The closure of the Dunedin branch of Immigration New Zealand should not affect the Queenstown branch and its service for overseas visitors applying for work visas, the department says.
An immigration adviser has been fined $3000 after he left a family stranded illegally in New Zealand - one of two punishments for immigration officers announced today.
Immigration New Zealand is considering closing its Dunedin office and contracting out work to a third-party provider, placing six more jobs in the city in jeopardy.
Wellington: The Office of the Auditor-general has announced it will conduct an inquiry into Labour MP Shane Jones' decision to grant citizenship to Yong Ming Yan in 2008.
A High Court judge has rejected a bid to have immigration charges against a millionaire businessman thrown out.
Two new guides to help migrant dairy workers and their employers work together more successfully have been launched.
Poor migrants who speak little or no English are to be subject to stricter immigration laws under a review that will create a "two-tier" system to favour the wealthy, a leaked Cabinet paper shows.
New Zealand has recorded its biggest loss of migrants in a 12-month period since August 2001 but ASB chief economist Nick Tuffley says the permanent departure of Kiwis to Australia has been moderating.
New Zealand has a reputation as a "soft touch" for refugees and has previously been the target of boatloads of asylum seekers, Cabinet papers say.
Fraudsters and criminals are among those with permanent residence status who are being deported or facing deportation.
More than 100 people filled the Clifford Skeggs Gallery this week to see 42 new New Zealanders inducted as citizens.
Labour is looking to take politics out of immigration cases and speed up the appeals process by creating a specialist ombudsman.
Plans to make it easier and faster for skilled workers, students and visitors to acquire visas were yesterday welcomed at an Immigration New Zealand update in Queenstown.
British and Irish people are considering staying longer than they originally planned in Queenstown - and the rest of New Zealand - when they contemplate the troubled economies and labour markets in their home countries, an immigration lawyer says.
Associate Immigration Minister Kate Wilkinson will consider the case of an Indian family with two New Zealand-born children who have been told to leave the country.