New visa extensions for onshore work visa holders

New round of visa extensions Current visa holders who were in New Zealand on 9 May and whose visa expires between 9 May and 31 December 2022 (dates inclusive) may be been granted a new open work visa or a 6-months extension on their work to residence visa. These will be automated and visa holders will be notified from 25 May 2022. Questions? Contact us! Who qualifies? Open work visas for… On 9 May 2022, open work visas are granted …

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New Zealand Borders fully reopen 1st August 2022

Reopening dates brought forward After initially announcing a full reopening of New Zealand borders in October, the Government has decided to bring the date forward and lift all restrictions at our borders after 31 July 2022. This means all visa categories will reopen by then, including visitors and students, and the New Zealand border will be fully reopened by 1 August 2022. On 4 July 2022 – applications for work visas open, including the Accredited Employer work visa On 1 …

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New Zealand Borders reopen to over 60 visa waiver countries

Emotional reunions After allowing highly skilled workers and Working Holiday visa makers a few weeks ago, this week marks another major step towards a complete reopening of New Zealand, as the borders reopen to visitors from 60 visa waiver countries. The countries permitted that are known as ‘visa waiver countries’ include most of Europe and the Americas, as well as parts of Asia and the Middle East. Monday 2nd May saw Auckland and Christchurch airports welcome the reunion of many …

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New visa for Ukrainian families

A new temporary visa for family of Ukrainians in New Zealand The New Zealand government has released a new temporary visa to help Ukrainians in New Zealand bring their family still in Ukraine to New Zealand. Applications for the 2022 Special Ukraine Visa are open for 12 months from 15 March 2022. Questions? Contact us! Who is eligible for a 2022 Special Ukraine Visa? To be eligible, you must have family members in New Zealand who are eligible to sponsor …

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New Zealand Borders reopen to skilled workers

Easing of restrictions for skilled workers In line with step 2 of the Government’s staged approach to reopening NZ borders, skilled workers offshore may now seek a border exemption and Critical Purpose visa, subject to a job offer in New Zealand. Questions? Contact us! New workers You will be deemed critical worker and qualify for a border exemption and Critical Purpose Visa if you are offered at least  1.5 times the median wage (NZD $84,240 a year or NZD $40.50 …

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Working Holiday visas reopen

Reopening of Working Holiday visa categories As part of the 5-step approach to reopening NZ borders, the Government is reopening uncapped Working Holiday schemes from 14 March 2022. On 14 March 2022, the following working holiday schemes will open to applicants from Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom, USA, Japan. All others will open on a rolling basis with all schemes to be reopened by 13 September 2022. Immigration New Zealand is also …

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New Zealand borders to reopen from February 2022 in 5 stages

Reconnecting New Zealand to the World (again) The Government has announced a new, five-step approach to reopen New Zealand borders to the world. Key to this process is the removal of Managed Isolation and Quarantine for most travellers. MIQ will be replaced with self-isolation and tests on-arrival. Note that mandatory MIQ will remain for unvaccinated travellers. This new plan prioritises the reopening of certain key visa categories in a short timeframe in order to address worker shortages. New Zealand’s unemployment …

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New border exception to support New Zealand Tech Sector

The NZ Government announces new border exceptions for up to 600 tech workers as well as external auditors and primary industry employees More information (Beehive) Newshub Specialist tech workers wanted A range of specialist tech workers will be able to request a border exception from early 2022, as part of a Government initiative to support the IT sector, one of the top three export industries in New Zealand, and growing. Eligible occupations include software and application programmers, ICT managers, ICT …

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INZ to Resume processing offshore residence applications

Offshore residence applications reopened Residence applications received by Immigration New Zealand from offshore applicants received before, and after March 2020, had so far been kept on hold. Across all categories, this represents over 5,000 residence applications which processing was on hold due to border restrictions. A recent court case has ruled that there was no legal ground to halt processing of these applications. INZ website First time resident visa holders to be allowed in NZ In line with these decisions, …

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Staged reopening of New Zealand borders

Note: updated 19 January 2022 Reconnecting New Zealand to the World The Government has announced several dates to map out the reopening of New Zealand borders to international travellers. With restrictions dramatically eased for New Zealand citizens initially, the first quarter of 2022 will see these steps progressively extended to all travellers from April 2022. The announcement also comes with a substantial easing of quarantine requirements, allowing a reduced period of isolation at  home rather than in managed facilities. Official …

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