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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End of week round up from New Zealand Shores, 11 December 2020

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 ENZ recognition Online study options for 2021 Team wrap-up for 2020 General Update It has been a hot week and there is a feeling of Christmas at the beach in the air… We are working hard to finalise pending applications before the holiday and INZ annual closure. We currently have 55 cases of Covid in …

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End of week round up from New Zealand Shores, 4 December 2020

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 Approved classes of workers Occupations in short supply in Queenstown area New Zealand carbon-neutral by 2025 COVID vaccine Cook Island travel bubble General Update The 1st of December means the first day of summer for New Zealand and we are certainly looking forward to some warmer weather. We currently have 70 cases of Covid in …

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New border exemption for 2,000 fruit pickers

The Government announced on 27 November an update to the Restricted Temporary Entry immigration instructions for Border Exemptions Supporting the horticulture industry The announcement stated that from January 2021, up to 2,000 experienced seasonal workers from the Pacific will be able to come to New Zealand to work. This decision means to address chronic shortages in the viticulture and horticulture industries. But it comes with a catch: employers will have to pay the workers a living wage of $22.10 an …

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End of week round up from New Zealand Shores, 27 November 2020

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 Health worker deadline extended Australian citizens with NZ partners Exemptions for fruit pickers Managed isolation Christmas office hours General Update New Zealand remains at Level 1, with 60 active cases of Covid-19. There is no major community outbreak evident in the country. Critical health worker entry deadline extended New Zealand’s border restrictions remain in place …

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Deadline for health and disability workers extended

Critical health worker entry deadline extended We have exciting news for health and disability workers who are looking to migrate to New Zealand. As of the 19th of November 2020, Immigration New Zealand have announced that current or new health or disability workers who are needed to deliver critical services in New Zealand are able to enter New Zealand providing their start date is the 31stMarch 2021 or earlier. This date was originally set at 31 December, but was extended …

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