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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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Visa processing brought back to New Zealand

Update 23 February 2021 Historically, Immigration New Zealand has relied on offices offshore to assist with the processing of certain categories of visas. Branches included location in China, India, the Philippines, or Pacific Islands. The borders closure has resulted in a drop of over 80% in the number of visa applications and INZ has decided to bring some of the work back on shore. Processing brought back onshore As a result of the drop in visa applications and workloads, INZ …

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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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New occupation codes for the dairy sector

New occupation codes that better match the needs of the dairy sector New task descriptions for the dairy industry Three new task descriptions have been developed by Statistics New Zealand for dairy roles that sit under the occupation of Dairy Cattle Farmer (121313) in the Australia and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO). The three new sub category positions are: Dairy Farm Manager (Skill Level 1) Assistant Dairy Farm Manager (Skill Level 3) Dairy Herd Manager (Skill Level 3) …

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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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Suspension of Temporary visas extended

Update 18 December 2020 Immigration New Zealand suspended the ability for overseas applicants to apply for certain temporary visas on 10 August 2020. This suspension is being extended to May 2021. The decision is reviewed monthly.  If you submitted a temporary visa application from offshore before the suspension and it has not been processed yet, it will remain paused until the suspension is lifted. Despite the current restrictions, it remains possible to travel to New Zealand under certain conditions and …

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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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Start your 2021 New Zealand studies online

Many New Zealand education providers have adapted their programmes to online study to allow you to commence from offshore Start online… complete in New Zealand The COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions imposed on New Zealand borders have jeopardised the study plans of many prospective migrants and students. Several education providers (Universities, ITPs, PTEs) have adapted their offers to allow for their qualifications to be taken online, in part or in full. Here is a small selection which is non exhaustive, …

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