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While New Zealand’s border remains closed here are reminders. Always keep passports valid. Some countries take 3 months or more to issue a new passport. Apply early. Transfer New Zealand visas across to renewed passports.

21/10/20201 min read
Top tips


While New Zealand’s border remains closed here are reminders.

  • Always keep passports valid. Some countries take 3 months or more to issue a new passport. Apply early.
  • Transfer New Zealand visas across to renewed passports. There is a visa transfer application process and it can take weeks to complete – do not delay.
  • Anyone arriving in New Zealand is subject to 14 days in managed isolation or quarantine. There is now a booking system to secure a place in managed isolation. before checking in for a flight to New Zealand. Read more here
  • Apply early to renew work, student, or visitor visas. A good rule of thumb is to apply 3 months before the visa expires.
  • Partners of New Zealand citizens or residents who are overseas can now apply to enter New Zealand if they are Australian citizens or Australian residents or from visa free countries. Take advice from Malcolm Pacific Immigration.
  • Looking for a visa to another country. Talk to Global Visas. Connect with Global at www.globalvisas.co.nz
  • Do you have family, friends or colleagues interested in keeping up with the latest immigration news? Refer them here

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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