Visa processing update and Extension of Travel Conditions

Update on visa processing during lockdown Immigration New Zealand has confirmed that paperbased applications cannot be processed while New Zealand is in level 3 or 4 lockdown. This for privacy and security reasons. We anticipate normal processing to resume progressively as the country eases into level 2, and 1. As a result, Variation of conditions on temporary work visas are not currently processed. However, Immigration is working on porting VOCs online to facilitate the process. No timeframe has been provided …

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New Zealand lockdown restrictions update

Cases of COVID Delta are under control in the country once again update 8 September 2021 Kia Ora from New Zealand, Everywhere outside of Auckland has moved to Level 2 as of Wednesday 8 September! At alert level 2 there are less restrictions- this is exciting news as it provides a sense of normality back to our daily lives. Immigration New Zealand staff members will be able to resume processing hardcopy visa applications, such as Skilled Migrant Resident visas, when …

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Government announcement: Roadmap to reopening borders

Reconnect New Zealanders to the world The New Zealand government has announced our 4 stage road map to reconnect New Zealanders to the world and allow us to welcome back international travellers starting in early 2022. We are currently in between stages 1 and 2 where we are looking to see our government develop their full requirements including vaccination, testing and reduced time in MIQ. In 2022 we are looking to see a phased approach to opening up travel pathways …

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Seasonal workers from Pacific Islands allowed into New Zealand from September

A much welcome announcement for the horticulture industry Seasonal workers from Sāmoa, Tonga and Vanuatu will be able to enter New Zealand from September without needing to go through the mandatory two-week managed quarantine and isolation. This announcement, a further sign that the Government is progressively easing border restrictions, is coming in response to concerns from fruit growers who are in desperate need of picking staff for the upcoming season. More information (NZ Herald “The move is aimed at addressing …

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Longer Essential Skills visas, easier process for renewals

The Government has brought positive news for onshore migrants and New Zealand employers which will impact Essential Skills work visa applications from 19 July 2021. This is a temporary measure to alleviate skills shortages. This announcement is meant to ease employers’ concerns about labour shortages INZ website NZ Herald Maximum duration of Essential Skills work visas From 19 July 2021, the Government is extending the maximum duration of an Essential Skills work Visa for a job paid below the median …

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Refunds for visa applications that cannot be processed

After many months of discussions on the process to follow, Immigration New Zealand is agreeing to refund visa application fees for temporary visa applications that cannot be processed due to New Zealand’s border restrictions. A much needed measure that will see thousands of people refunded their visa fees INZ website Applications to be lapsed or returned, and refunded If you applied for a temporary visa from offshore (outside New Zealand) before 10 August 2020 your application will be lapsed and …

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New Border exemption for Teachers

A new class of Approved Workers will see border exemptions granted for 300 overseas qualified teacher to enter New Zealand. Education Minister Chris Hipkins acknowledges a teacher shortage from the early childhood education level through to secondary school and highlights area that are deemed a priority for 2022 recruitment. More information (Radio NZ) Ministry of Education An exemption to fill the immediate gap While the Government has been pushing for more teachers to train, this takes three to four years …

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Restrictions on offshore visa applications extended

Temporary visa applications from outside New Zealand (or outside a quarantine-free travel zone, also known as “travel bubble”) remain suspended, unless you are exempt. Most individuals who are outside New Zealand are prevented from submitting a temporary visa application, unless they meet the strict border exception criteria or are currently in a COVID-19 quarantine-free travel zone. This suspension of the normal offshore visa application process has been on hold since August 2020. The Government has extended the suspension to 6 …

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Extension for Working Holiday visas and Supplementary Seasonal Employment visas

Update 11 June 2021 Are you currently in New Zealand on Working Holiday visa or a Seasonal Supplementary Employment (SSE) visa? You may qualify for an automated 6 months extension. This extension is automatic and there is no fee. More information (INZ website) Which visas are being automatically extended? Working Holiday visas Onshore Working Holiday visa holders whose visa expire between 21 June and 31 December 2021 will be extended for 6 months. Working Holiday visa holders may work in …

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Auckland best city in the world to live in, a recent study finds

Auckland has been named the most liveable city in the world in 2021 by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). As the global pandemic continues to affect the quality of life globally, New Zealand is thriving. More on CNBZ Over 1 year into the COVID-19 pandemic, its repercussions are still very much felt throughout the world. Yet, New Zealand’s response to the pandemic, by imposing severe restrictions on the country’s borders, has allowed life to go on as normal within the …

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