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Work Visas – don’t delay extending

Life is busy. Many people leave renewing the car warrant of fitness, paying bills or fixing a leaky tap until the last minute. A work visa that is due to expire (or any other visa for that matter) is something that needs to be treated seriously and not left to the last minute.

27/08/20211 min read
Work Visas – don’t delay extending


Life is busy.

Many people leave renewing the car warrant of fitness, paying bills or fixing a leaky tap until the last minute.

A work visa that is due to expire (or any other visa for that matter) is something that needs to be treated seriously and not left to the last minute.

Once a visa has expired the clock is ticking towards liability for deportation. Getting a new visa once it has expired is like buying a lottery ticket – no guarantee you will be the winner!

We reported last month the government delayed rolling out the new employer accreditation process until mid-2022. Read that article here.

There is a limited window open right now to renew work visas for a longer than normal period. If your work visa expires in the next 1 to 12 months it will pay to apply now for a new work visa. Malcolm Pacific Immigration can cut through the red tape for you and your employer by making the complex really simple.

Take advantage of this limited period of flexibility before the government cracks down on temporary workers as part of their immigration reset.

For those wanting to get onto a Work to Residence Visa, the deadline to apply remains 31 October 2021. Don’t delay.

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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