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When will the border reopen?

Not anytime soon is the short answer. The Prime Minister recently said that her government is considering allowing people who are fully vaccinated to enter to boost tourism and foreign investment. However, there is more science to pass under the bridge before any decision is made.

17/05/20211 min read
When will the border reopen?


Not anytime soon is the short answer.

The Prime Minster recently said that her government is considering allowing people who are fully vaccinated to enter to boost tourism and foreign investment. However, there is more science to pass under the bridge before any decision is made, including whether people already in New Zealand must first be fully vaccinated (scheduled to be completed by the end of 2021).

As the pressure comes off places in managed isolation the government has opened a small number of places to construction workers, international students, and fruit pickers.

The government is set to review immigration policy settings. The Productivity Commission is due to report back in April 2022 on an immigration enquiry. But expect more changes in the meantime including new categories of border exemptions.

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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