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Coronavirus closes NZ borders for many

Any foreign travellers who have been present in, or transited through, mainland China in the previous 14 days are being refused entry to New Zealand, potentially until February 24. This does not apply to NZ citizens, permanent residents, residents with valid travel conditions and immediate family.

21/02/20201 min read
Coronavirus closes NZ borders for many


Any foreign travellers who have been present in, or transited through, mainland China in the previous 14 days are being refused entry to New Zealand, potentially until February 24. This does not apply to New Zealand citizens, permanent residents, residents with valid travel conditions and their immediate family (including family members holding valid temporary visas), who are still able to come to New Zealand.

Immigration New Zealand’s Beijing office remains temporarily closed and there has been some impact on visa processing times as a result.

Many employers are reporting staff stuck in China, or in self-isolated quarantine for 14 days after returning. Our clients are telling us they are wrapping support services around any quarantined staff.

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Update

The Green List

From September 2022 people holding job offers in a small number of occupations may apply for residence. Some occupations are a direct pathway to residence and others require a period of two years or longer before applying.

There are qualification and/or occupational registration requirements to meet. Establishing if an overseas qualification matches the NZ equivalent qualification before applying is paramount for success.

Read more here.

16 May 22
Update

Work Visa Categories Closing

The work visa categories set to close are:

  • Essential Skills Work Visa
  • Essential Skills Work Visa – approval in principle
  • Work to Residence (Talent – Accredited Employer)
  • Work to Residence (Long Term Skills Shortage)
  • Silver Fern Job Search Work Visa (closed October 2019)
  • Silver Fern Practical Experience Work Visa.
10 Feb 22
Update

Policy Decision Key Dates in 2022

  • February 13. Fully vaccinated Kiwis plus certain other travellers entering NZ from the rest of the world* can skip MIQ.
  • April 30. The border starts a phased reopen to fully vaccinated foreign nationals.
  • April 30. The Productivity Commission reports back to the government on immigration settings.
  • May 9. Applications open for mandatory Employer Accreditation.

*Excludes high-risk countries.

16 Dec 21