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NZeTA - Your overseas business visitors from visa free countries now need to apply for an electronic travel authority before they fly to New Zealand. Work visa changes – we reported policy changes the government introduced in October and more are to come in 2020 and 2021.

28/11/20191 min read
Tips for employers


  • Work visa changes – we reported policy changes the government introduced in October and more are to come in 2020 and 2021. For a refresh on these changes read more at here.

  • Free immigration assessments for your staff – an opportunity for staff to find out if they will qualify for work or residence visas contact Lukas Sousa or Rebecca Hassold for excellent immigration advice – Malcolm Pacific Immigration team

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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