I hold a valid visa, how does COVID-19 impact me?

Update 12 February 2022

Regional lockdowns and travel restrictions may an have impact on your situation

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Automated temporary visa extensions

Open work visas

Onshore Working Holiday visas and Supplementary Seasonal Employment (SSE) visas that expire between 21 June and 31 December 2021 are being extended for 6 months. SSE visa restrictions are also being lifted to allow work in any sector (not just horticulture and viticulture).

Working Holiday visa categories are due to reopen from March 2022

Applying for a new visa

COVID short term visitor visa

For people who are unable to return to their home country, the Government introduced a two-month COVID-19 short-term visitor visa to allow temporary migrants stranded in New Zealand more time to arrange their travel home. You may not work on this visa as the COVID-19 short-term visitor visa is intended to help people reaching the end of their current visitor, work, student or partnership visa who may not meet the criteria for another visa, and need time to arrange travel home.

I am offshore and have been offered a job, can I apply for a work visa?

Temporary visa applications are progressively reopening throughout 2022. Until then some exemptions apply which allow certain categories of people to seek a border entry exemption. These include family/partners of New Zealand citizens and residents, and certain categories of critical workers.

5-step reopening of borders

Check current border exemptions

Contact us to find out if you meet these requirements

I’m a New Zealand resident; can I travel to New Zealand?

If you hold a residence visa and this is not your first time travelling to New Zealand on your residence visa you can enter the country. If you are a 'new' resident and have not yet travelled to New Zealand on this visa you will be subject to current travel restrictions unless you obtained your visa offshore as the partner/dependent child of a NZ resident/citizen.

I was granted a resident visa while offshore but cannot travel within the 12 months activation date...

The Government has extended the activation period by 12 months, twice, for certain visa holders.

More info here

I am an Australian citizen/Australian permanent resident and normally live in New Zealand; can I travel to New Zealand?

Yes, Australian citizens and Australian permanent residents who normally live in New Zealand can travel to New Zealand. However, you will have to make a request to INZ to do so.

The Government also allows exemptions for Australian citizens or citizens of visa-waiver countries, who are partners of a New Zealand citizen or resident, to travel under Critical purpose criteria.

More info here

I am on a work visa and left New Zealand to holiday/visit family offshore. Can I travel back to New Zealand?

If your temporary visa is still valid, the recent announcement about the reopening of NZ borders will allow temporary visa holders to return to New Zealand from April 2022.

Will this impact on the validity of my work visa then?

As long as your job is still available, then the visa will remain valid and you will be allowed to travel back to New Zealand from April 2022.

However, if your job is no longer available, then your work visa is no longer be valid.

I need to renew my work visa but I cannot get the required documentation, what can I do?

We recommend you talk to your licensed adviser We will have to provide an explanation as to why certain documents cannot be provided. INZ will consider your circumstances and act accordingly. Remember that only essential visa applications (related to COVID-19) are processed currently.

I was granted a visitor visa but cannot travel due to current restrictions. Can my entry date be extended?

These visas will need to be reapplied for.

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