COVID-19/Coronavirus: Frequently Asked Questions

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Updated 12 February 2022

Are visas still being processed by Immigration New Zealand?

Yes. INZ is currently processing all categories of applications from onshore applicants, including residence applications. Only a small selection of offshore applications who meet the border restrictions exemption criteria may be processed, as well as certain residence-class applications.

We are preparing and lodging applications daily. Ensuring your visa applications are lodged with Immigration at earliest opportunity has several benefits:

    • Sooner in the queue means the sooner it will be allocated to an INZ case officer for a decision
    • Your visa will be subject to the immigration NZ rules at the time of visa lodgement. This protects against any future changes made by Immigration NZ

Note that certain categories have been suspended. This includes the ballot registrations for the Samoan Quota and Pacific Access Category, and the 19 capped working holiday scheme arrangements.

Selections for Expressions of Interest (EOI) in the Skilled Migrant Category (SMC) and the Parent Category have also been suspended until mid-2022..

Families reunited

From 30th April 2021, split families can reunite under certain conditions. This includes partners and dependent children who held a visa before the borders but could not travel, families of Critical Health Workers, and families of other Critical Workers.

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My temporary visa is expiring soon, what can I do?

Onshore Working Holiday visa holders whose visa expired between 21 June and 31 December 2021 are automatically extended for 6 months. Any other visa holder must apply for a new visa before the expiry of their current visa, failing which they become unlawful.

If you have a one-off 2021 residence application in the queue, you will be granted a 12-months interim visa to allow time for residence for process.

I am in New Zealand and have a job offer, can I apply for a work visa?

Yes. And if your current visa expires before the work visa is approved, you will be given an interim visa in the meantime to allow you to remain in New Zealand lawfully until a decision is made on the new application, or to a maximum of 6 months. Contact us for more information

I am outside of New Zealand and have a job offer, can I apply for a work visa?

There are certain cases for “critical workers” where you will be allowed to apply for a visa and travel. If you do not meet the exemption criteria, you will have to wait until visa processing reopens progressively, from July through to October 2022. See this page for details

Travel restrictions and self-isolation requirements

Most arrivals into New Zealand must be screened for COVID-19 symptoms and follow a 1-week quarantine. These were adopted by the New Zealand Government as precautionary measures against the virus and are meant to limit its spread. Once in the country, recommendations are common-sense and revolve around limiting contact with other people, other than family members. The Government also requests a negative COVID test for travellers arriving from overseas. Check the 5-step plan for reopening of our borders to see when you may qualify to travel.

Reopening of NZ borders

What if I am unwell?

You should contact the New Zealand Healthline on 0800 358 5453 (free number) if you are unwell. The symptoms of Coronavirus include cough, fever, and shortness of breath. You should mention that you are in self-isolation, if that is the case.

Mandatory Accreditation

A new accreditation scheme for companies, and a complete overhaul of employer-assisted work visas.

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Planning for the next step

Use the next few months wisely and start preparing for your migration to New Zealand now. Once the borders open there will be a large influx of migrants wanting to move to New Zealand. Get in front of the game to enhance your chances. Ask our team for a migration plan and get an eligibility assessment here.

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