Policy Amendment Circulars

We regularly review and update the Operational Manual. We publish these as Amendment Circulars. We publish the circulars when the changes have been approved and incorporate them into the Operational Manual on the day they come into force.

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Amendment Circulars

The most recent Amendment Circulars are available to download. We have incorporated older amendments into the Operational Manual.

16 August 2018 - Changes to immigration instructions effective on or after 27 August 2018. Published 16 August 2018

Amendment Circular 2018/10 PDF 1MB

26 July 2018 - Changes to immigration instructions effective on or after 6 August 2018. Published 26 July 2018

Amendment Circular 2018/09 PDF 310KB

29 June 2018 - Changes to immigration instructions effective on or after 28 June 2018. Published 29 June 2018

Amendment Circular 2018/08 PDF 156KB

30 May 2018 - Changes to immigration instructions effective on or after 1 June 2018. Published 31 May 2018

Amendment Circular 2018/07 PDF 427KB

15 May 2018 - Changes to immigration instructions effective on or after 21 May 2018. Published 15 May 2018

Amendment Circular 2018/06 PDF 984KB

4 May 2018 - Changes to immigration instructions effective on or after 7 May 2018. Published 4 May 2018

Amendment Circular 2018/05 PDF 476KB

15 March 2018 -  Immigration instructions for Portugal Working Holiday Scheme effective  on and after 20 March 2018. Published 15 March 2018

Amendment Circular 2018-04 PDF 80KB

1 March 2018 -  Immigration forms and guides no longer available from INZ offices from 1 March 2018. Published 2 March 2018

Amendment Circular 2018-03 PDF 120KB

14 February 2018 - Changes to Long Term Skills Shortage List effective on or after 19 February 2018. Published 14 February 2018

Amendment Circular 2018-02 PDF 394KB

7 February 2018 - Changes to immigration instructions effective on or after 19 February 2018. Published 13 February 2018

Amendment Circular 2018-01 PDF 1MB

21 December 2017 - Community Organisation Refugee Sponsorship category pilot. Published 21 December 2017

Amendment Circular 2017-14 PDF 502KB

13 December 2017 – Skilled Migrant Category and Essential Skills: Changes to remuneration thresholds. Published 13 December 2017

Amendment Circular 2017-13 PDF 323KB

17 August 2017 - Skilled Migrant Category, the List of Qualifications Exempt from Assessment, and associated changes effective on and after 28 August 2017. Published 17 August 2017

Amendment Circular 2017-12 PDF 2MB

17 August 2017 - Essential Skills, Accredited Employer, and associated changes effective on and after 28 August 2017. Published 17 August 2017

Amendment Circular 2017-11 PDF 864KB

17 August 2017 - General release changes effective on and after 28 August 2017. Published 17 August 2017

Amendment Circular 2017-10 PDF 1MB

26 June 2017 - Changes to immigration instructions effective on and after 21 June. Published 11 August 2017

Amendment Circular 2017-09 PDF 59KB

21 June 2017 - Changes to immigration instructions effective on and after 19 June. Published 11 August 2017

Amendment Circular 2017-08 PDF 812KB

29 May 2017 - Changes to immigration instructions effective on and after 29 May. Published 13 July 2017

Amendment Circular 2017-07 PDF 257KB

16 May 2017 - Changes to immigration instructions effective on and after 22 May. Published 17 May 2017

Amendment Circular 2017-06 PDF 759KB

21 April 2017 - Changes to immigration instructions effective on and after 8 May. Published 24 April 2017

Amendment Circular 2017-05 PDF 1MB

27 March 2017 - Changes to immigration instructions effective on and after 1 April. Published 27 March 2017

Amendment Circular 2017-04 PDF 757KB

23 February 2017 - Changes to immigration instructions effective on and after 27 February. Published 23 February 2017

Amendment Circular 2017-03 PDF 369KB

15 February 2017 - Changes to immigration instructions effective on and after 15 February. Published 16 February 2017

Amendment Circular 2017-02 PDF 103KB

24 January 2017 - Changes to immigration instructions effective on and after 24 January. Published 27 January 2017

Amendment Circular 2017-01 PDF 36KB

2016

9 December 2016 - Changes to immigration instructions effective on and after 9 December. Published 12 December 2016

Amendment Circular 2016-11

24 November 2016 - Changes to immigration instructions effective on and after 24 November. Published 30 November 2016

Amendment Circular 2016-10

11 November 2016 - Changes to immigration instructions effective on and after 10 November and changes to immigration instructions effective on and after 21 November 2016.

Amendment Circular 2016-09

16 November 2016 - Changes to immigration instructions effective on and after 05 December 2016. Published 17 November 2016

Amendment Circular 2016-08

20 October 2016 - Changes to immigration instructions effective on and after 17 October 2016.

Amendment Circular 2016-07

11 October 2016 - Changes to immigration instructions effective on and after 12 October 2016.

Amendment Circular 2016-06

18 August 2016 - Changes to immigration instructions effective on and after 22 August 2016
Amendment Circular 2016-05

25 May 2016 - Changes to immigration instructions effective on and after 24 May 2016, and 27 June 2016
Amendment Circular 2016-04

7 April 2016 - Changes to immigration instructions effective on and after 11 April 2016
Amendment Circular 2016-03

31 March 2016 – Changes to immigration instructions effective on and after 1 April 2016
Amendment Circular 2016-02

4 February 2016 – Changes to immigration instructions effective on and after 4 February 2016
Amendment Circular 2016-01

2015

11 December 2015 – Changes to immigration instructions effective on and after 20 December 2015
Amendment Circular 2015-11

30 November 2015 –Changes to immigration instructions effective on and after 3 November 2015, and 1 January 2016
Amendment Circular 2015-10

4 November 2015 – Changes to immigration instructions effective on and after 3 November 2015
Amendment Circular 2015-09

16 October 2015 – Changes to immigration instructions effective on and after 1 November 2015
Amendment Circular 2015-08