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Study rights extended for visitors

If you are in New Zealand on a visitor’s visa, you may be able to study for up to 6 months Immigration New Zealand has waived the need to apply for a “variation of conditions” to their visitor visa or for a student visa. What is a domestic student (Ministry of Education) Who is eligible? If you held a valid visitor visa on Friday 11 September 2020, and are still in New Zealand, you can now study for up to …

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New changes to border exemptions

New changes to visa processing and border exemptions for partners, investors, entrepreneurs and skilled workers! September has brought several promising updates that show the New Zealand government is slowly working on easing restrictions for different groups of individuals. Border closure (INZ) Partners of NZ Citizens and Residents INZ has advised that Partners and dependants of New Zealand citizens and residents who normally live in New Zealand or hold a visa on the basis of their relationship will no longer need …

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Positive changes to border restrictions

Immigration New Zealand is easing border restrictions to allow more categories of foreign nationals to travel to New Zealand. This change is meant to help temporary migrants who have a connection with New Zealand to fly back here. These changes are expected to be implemented early October 2020. Beehive release (Government website) RNZ reports Border closure (INZ) Temporary visa holders normally resident in New Zealand If you hold a valid temporary work visa (Essential Skills or Talent: Work to Residence) …

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Automated visa extensions

Immigration New Zealand is introducing two major changes to support foreign nationals stranded in New Zealand This change is meant to help temporary migrants and visitors to remain in New Zealand lawfully while they arrange to leave the country and return to their home country. More information (INZ website) Visitor visa extension If you are in New Zealand on a visitor visa due to expire between 4 September and the end of October 2020, the Government is automatically extending your …

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Reopening of Visa Application Centres

A limited number of applications processed Certain Visa Application Centres (VACs) offshore will reopen to assist with New Zealand visa applications. This is to assist with certain processes where original documents must be verified. More information (INZ website) When does this start? From Monday 7 September 2020, select New Zealand Visa Application Centres (VACs) will reopen to accept applications from applicants who meet the border exceptions criteria. These individuals will be able to send in their documents through post/courier as …

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Policy update: automated extensions for Family of temporary visa holders

The New Zealand Government implemented short-term changes in July to enable employer-assisted work visa holders to remain in New Zealand lawfully past the expiry of their visa. This resulted in an automated 6-months extension from the expiry of their current visa. Their family was previously excluded from this automatic extension. What changes? The change now allows for the family of a worker to have their temporary visas automatically extended, in line with the principal applicant’s (worker). The family includes partners …

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Policy update: Suspension of certain visa applications

Immigration New Zealand is temporarily suspending the ability for overseas applicants to apply for certain temporary visas. You may still qualify under a specific category or exemptions criteria More information (INZ website) Who is NOT impacted? Are you currently in New Zealand? No change If you are in New Zealand, you can still submit any visa application as long as you meet the requirements of the category applied under. Residence applications, no change If you are overseas, you can still …

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Policy update: changes to Essential Skills Work visas

Immigration New Zealand is making changes to the way they decide on the duration (currency) of certain work visas. Changes to Essential Skills work visas Essential Skills work visas are based on securing a skilled job offer from a New Zealand employer. Amongst other things, this particular category of work visas is meant to incentivise the development of a highly skilled workforce, high quality jobs and workplaces, and high value industries while not displacing New Zealanders from employment opportunities or …

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Policy update: automated extensions for temporary visa holders

The New Zealand Government is implementing short-term changes to enable temporary visa holders to remain in New Zealand lawfully. Why these measures? These temporary measures are meant to mitigate the impact that COVID-19 has had on migrants and New Zealand business. More information (INZ website) Extension for work visa holders Effective 10 July 2020 Employer-assisted work visa holders whose visas expire from 10 July to 31 December 2020 (inclusive) will be automatically extended by 6 months from their expiry date. …

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Support Initiatives for Migrants in need

The COVID-19 crisis has put many migrants in New Zealand in a difficult position, and the New Zealand Government is responding with a set of initiatives to help alleviate this hardship. Are you a foreign national in need? There may be one or several organisations and initiatives that can provide assistance during these difficult times. Healthcare information All migrants with a work visa for 2 years or more –and their family– are eligible for public-funded healthcare. You are therefore entitled …

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