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New visa extensions reassure NZ employers and some existing visa holders

Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi has announced further extensions to visa holders primarily as a way to retain skills in New Zealand. Changes to onshore visas will provide employers and visa holders with more certainty More information (Beehive) WHV and SSE extensions Around 10,000 Working Holiday visas and Supplementary Seasonal Employment work visas (SSE) due to expire between 21 June and 31 December 2021 will be extended for another six months. In addition, SSE visas will be updated to provide open …

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Further easing of border restrictions

We have had some positive news from the New Zealand government in response to the need for certain sectors of the economy to source skilled and critical workers from overseas. News (NZ Herald) More information (Beehive) The creation of a “Trans-Tasman” bubble means a quarantine-free travel area between Australia and New Zealand. As an estimated 40% of isolation spaces were occupied by travellers from Australia, the bubble has freed up availability for other travellers to come to New Zealand. This …

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Travel Restrictions from very high risk countries

From 28th April 2021, only New Zealand citizens and their immediate family member can  travel to New Zealand from Brazil, India, Pakistan and Papua New Guinea. More information (INZ website) These 4 countries have been designated as being ‘very high risk’ and arrival from these countries is being severely restricted as a result. If you are not a New Zealand citizen or immediate family travelling with them, you can enter New Zealand only if you have spent 14 days outside …

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Border Restrictions eased to allow hundreds of families to be reunited

Update 19 April 2021 From 30th April 2021, hundreds of families will be able to reunite as border exemptions are widened to include offshore family members.  This news will come as a relief for certain families who have been separated for over 1 year More information (INZ website) News article (NZ Herald) A welcome announcement Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi announced new border exemptions to allow hundreds of families to be reunited under new “Critical Purpose” criteria. Since New Zealand borders …

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Trans-Tasman Bubble starting 19th April 2021

As of 19 April 2021, New Zealanders can travel quarantine-free to Australia and vice versa. Both New Zealand and Australia have successfully contained covid-19 transmissions over the past 12 months and are now in a great position where we can open our borders to one another for quarantine-free travel. As of 19 April 2021, New Zealanders can travel quarantine-free to Australia and vice versa. This comes as welcome relief to many families and friends who have been separated; along with …

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End of week round up from New Zealand Shores, 26 February 2021

Let’s keep you all up to date on what has been happening and what the current status is at the New Zealand border. Visitor Visa holders allowed to remain in New Zealand Immigration New Zealand to close offshore branches New occupation codes for the dairy sector Residence appeal successful Further extensions to onshore visitor visa holders Immigration New Zealand is granted another 2 months automated extensions to certain categories of Visitor currently in New Zealand. Check if you qualify   …

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Onshore Visitor visa holders granted automated extensions

Update 10 February 2021 Are you currently in New Zealand on a Visitor Visa? You may qualify for an automated extension and/or be allowed to stay another 2 to 6 months. The 2-months automatic extension is automatic and there is no fee. More information (INZ website) A 2-months automated extension for Visitor Visas Immigration New Zealand has just announced another round of automated extensions for Visitor Visa holders who are currently onshore. You will qualify for a two months extension …

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End of week round up from New Zealand Shores, 29 January 2021

Let’s keep you all up to date on what has been happening and what the current status is at the New Zealand border. General update Government’s stance on reopening borders Approved classes of workers New timeframe for processing border exemptions Managed isolation and quarantine Negative COVID tests required General Update As we return to work after a well-deserve rest over Christmas, we are keeping very busy, processing work visas for many health professionals and partnership visas for Kiwis relocating to …

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New border Exceptions for international students

An extra step towards a progressive reopening of New Zealand borders, 1000 students to be allowed back into the country to complete their studies MORE ON RNZ MORE ON EDUCATION.GOVT.NZ 1,000 international students to be allowed into the country from March 2021 As the education sector, a $5 billion industry for New Zealand, is suffering from the restrictions imposed on foreign nationals entering the country, the government has announced it will allow 1,000 foreign students to enter from April. This …

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Positive changes for onshore migrants

Update 21 December 2020 Immigration New Zealand has decided to further extend certain work visas automatically, well into 2021. This is to continue supporting New Zealand businesses and make the best use of the skilled workforce that is onshore already, as the New Zealand economy is “bouncing back better than expected” “Our economy is bouncing back better than expected and we are seeing labour shortages across many industries” (Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi) More information (Beehive) What are the changes? The …

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