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Overseas with a NZ Resident Visa due to expire or has already expired?

Good news. The Minister of Immigration approved extensions to the travel conditions of Resident Visas for those stuck overseas. There are two groups covered by the Ministers decision. Group One People approved residence of NZ with a Resident Visa issued but did not arrive to activate the visa.

21/10/20202 min read
Overseas with a NZ Resident Visa due to expire or has already expired?


Good news. The Minister of Immigration approved extensions to the travel conditions of Resident Visas for those stuck overseas.

There are two groups covered by the Ministers decision.

Group One

People approved residence of New Zealand with a Resident Visa issued but did not arrive for the first time to activate the visa. This group will get a 12 month extension of current travel conditions. If the travel conditions (date first entry must be made) expired on or after 02/02/2020 a new visa will be issued valid for 12 months.

Anyone in this group will still require a border exemption before booking and/or checking in for a flight to New Zealand. Border exemptions are hard to get and take weeks to be processed. Take advice.

Group Two

People who have already arrived in New Zealand to activate their visa (arrival triggers a two year visa validity from the first date of arrival) and then left the country (and are still overseas). This group will receive a 12 month extension to their current travel conditions. If the travel conditions expired on or after 02/02/2020 a new visa will be issued valid for 12 months.

Once people in Group Two have new visas they can travel to New Zealand without applying for a border exemption. However, there is no escaping the mandatory 14 days in managed isolation or quarantine on arrival. For more information read


When will the new visas be issued?

We expect the new Resident Visas to be sent automatically by email in November. We anticipate some delay due to the number of visas that need to be issued.

Malcolm Pacific Immigration will send new visas onto our clients upon receipt. If you are not a client of Malcolm Pacific Immigration contact Immigration NZ at the end of November if the replacement visa has not arrived.

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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.

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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)
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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.

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