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Work Visa categories about to close and visas that expire

Anyone in New Zealand needs to keep their visa valid at all times. This includes work, student, visitor, and resident visa holders. Why? Anyone holding a temporary visa (work, student, or visitor) is at risk of deportation liability if their visa expires.

28/10/20212 min read
Work Visa categories about to close and visas that expire


Anyone in New Zealand needs to keep their visa valid at all times. This includes work, student, visitor, and resident visa holders.

Why?

Anyone holding a temporary visa (work, student, or visitor) is at risk of deportation liability if their visa expires. Immigration NZ is still deporting people despite the pandemic. Applying for residence does not waive the responsibility to keep your visa valid. In fact, immigration law requires Immigration NZ to stop processing a residence application when a temporary visa expires.

For people holding Resident Visas, they do need to keep travel conditions valid. In the event of urgent overseas travel (e.g. family illness, death) knowing you can get back to New Zealand will give you peace of mind. Trying to renew travel conditions after you leave New Zealand takes a long time. Be prepared – apply now.

The Accredited Employer Work to Residence (WTR) and Long Term Skill Shortage List (LTSSL) visa categories close on Sunday, 31 October 2021. If you already hold one of these visas you can continue on a pathway to residence if the 2021 Resident Visa is not right for you. If you applied for one of these visas before 31 October 2021 Immigration NZ will still process your application. You cannot apply for one of these visas after the categories close this weekend.

Anyone holding a WTR or LTSSL visa who wants to change employers (whether the new employer is accredited or not) or change jobs should take advice before committing to a new employment offer.

Keeping up with all the visa changes rolling out in 2021 can be confusing. Talk to the friendly team at Malcolm Pacific Immigration who will be happy to discuss in confidence your personal visa situation and offer solutions.

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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