To assist with the devastation from Cyclone Gabrielle and other recent weather events, the NZ Government has announced the launch of the Recovery Visa (a Specific Purpose Work Visa). This short-term visa will allow employers to sponsor migrants to come to New Zealand to work on the emergency response.
This visa is intended for people coming to New Zealand for a short period for:
- Providing emergency response
- Immediate clean-up
- Assessing risk or loss
- Infrastructure, building and housing stabilisation and/or repair (including planning functions)
- Work that directly supports the recovery (e.g. producing relevant material for road rebuild, transport drivers etc).
The Government has identified that they particularly need specialists from overseas such as engineers, technicians and insurance assessors to support the New Zealand experts on the ground.
The Recovery Visa – Specific Purpose Work Visa process
Employers will need to confirm that the role supports the North Island response to the extreme weather events.
Migrant workers who are going to assist with the recovery efforts can apply through the Specific Purpose Work visa either themselves or with the help of a Licensed Immigration Adviser.
The visa will last up to six months.
The $700 fee will be refunded for successful applicants.
INZ aim to process applications for the Recovery Visa within a week.
If you wish to apply for the Recovery Visa, get in touch.