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The Beijing branch of Immigration NZ closes on 31/08/2021. All visa applications now processed in New Zealand. Working Holiday Visas & Supplementary Seasonal Work Visas due to expire between 21/06/2021 and 31/12/2021 are automatically extended by 6 months.

18/06/20212 min read
Keeping you updated - visa headlines


  • The Beijing branch of Immigration NZ closes on 31/08/2021. All visa applications now processed in New Zealand.
  • Working Holiday Visas & Supplementary Seasonal Work Visas due to expire between 21/06/2021 and 31/12/2021 are automatically extended by 6 months. Check your inbox for the confirmation email.
  • Any employer who currently employs or wants to employ migrant workers in the future must be accredited from 1 November 2021. Without accreditation, work visas cannot be renewed or applied for.
  • Want to secure a work to residence visa? If you are paid $79,650 or more and your employer is accredited you have until 31/10/2021 to apply. After this date, the work to residence pathway will close for most people apart from those earning 200% or more of the median wage.
  • Apply early to renew your work visa. Queues are starting to build as people rush to beat all the changes to the work visa policy. Applications not properly prepared will take even longer to be processed and are at risk of failure.
  • New border exemption coming for 150 dairy herd managers, 50 dairy farm assistants, 50 vets, 125 agricultural & horticultural mobile plant operators and 40 shearers.
  • Stand down period (when someone who is paid below the median wage must leave New Zealand for 12 months or longer after working in the country for 3 years) deferred until July 2022.
  • Renewing passports for many countries is taking much longer than normal. Apply for a new passport early. Immigration NZ will not extend visas if a passport has expired.
  • Expect more change to visa rules to roll out during 2021. Delaying making a visa application may result in disappointment given the speed of change. Take advice and be prepared to move quickly.

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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
Update

Policy Decision Key Dates in 2022

  • July 4. Applications open for the new Accredited Employer Work Visa.
  • July 31. Applications for the 2021 Resident Visa close.
  • August. Skilled Migrant Residence category scheduled to reopen.
  • August. A new pathway to residence for people earning 200% or more of the median wage.

*Excludes high-risk countries.

16 Dec 21