Great news for migrant families who have been separated due to the border closures! On 30 April 2021, the New Zealand Government is introducing a further exception to the border restrictions for the families of some temporary visa holders in New Zealand. This covers the following groups:

  1. Partners and dependent children who held (and continue to hold) a visa for New Zealand, but were unable to join their partner or parent in New Zealand before the border closed.
  2. Partners and dependent children of workers employed in critical health services.
  3. Partners and dependent children of highly-skilled workers.

Please note, to be eligible for the new border exception, the person currently in New Zealand must have 12 months or more remaining on their visa.

Partners and dependent children who held a visa before the border closure

To be eligible:

Partners and dependent children of workers employed in critical health services

To be eligible, you must:

The person in New Zealand must:

If your request is successful, you will be invited to apply for a visa and provide evidence of your relationship with the visa holder employed in a critical health service role.

Partners and dependent children of highly-skilled workers

To be eligible to enter New Zealand, you must:

The person in New Zealand must:

If your request is successful, you will be invited to apply for a visa and provide evidence of your relationship with your partner or parent who is in New Zealand.

If you have any questions regarding your eligibility for a border exception, get in touch with us.

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