Since moving into Level 2 Lock Down, Immigration New Zealand have been able to start to process more visa categories again. Currently 97% of onshore Immigration Officers are able to work, however all offshore offices remain closed.

As a result, INZ have been able to resume the processing of residence class visa applications from Thursday 14 May 2020 and are prioritising residence class and temporary entry class visa applications by the criteria below:

Residence visa applications

Applications where the applicant is in New Zealand will be prioritised over applications where the applicant is overseas.

For onshore applications priority will be given as below:

Skilled Migrant Category (SMC)

Residence from Work Category applications: Talent (Accredited Employer) and Long Term Skill Shortage List

Second priority will be given to residence class visa applications where the applicant is out of New Zealand.

Temporary visa applications

Priority will be given to

You can find information regarding INZ’s Limited travel ban exceptions on their website.

 

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