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Want to get back to work in NZ?

The Minister of Immigration announced a pathway for a small number of people caught overseas when the border closed in March to get back to work in New Zealand. It is only going to help around 850 people out of the 10,000 or so who held work visas and were overseas when the border closed.

16/09/20201 min read
Want to get back to work in NZ?


The Minister of Immigration announced a pathway for a small number of people caught overseas when the border closed in March to get back to work in New Zealand. It is only going to help around 850 people out of the 10,000 or so who held work visas and were overseas when the border closed.

Border exceptions still need to be applied for as well as booking space in managed isolation once the online booking system goes live. Expect this up and running in October.

To qualify for a border exemption a person must:

  • Still have a valid job in NZ; and
  • Hold a work to residence visa or essential skills work visa not expiring before the end of 2020 OR already applied for a further visa on or before 10/08/2020; and
  • Left NZ on or after 01/12/2019; and
  • Lived in NZ for two years or more OR lived in NZ for a year or more and had their dependent children with them in NZ for at least 6 months or have parents or adult siblings ordinarily resident in NZ or had applied for residence on or before 31/07/2020.

The border exemption process is complex and decline rates are high. Take specialist advice.

Work visa rules have had several recent changes with more to come. Keep up to date at work visa changes.

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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