Latest border reopening plan

Latest border reopening plan The New Zealand Government has widened the entry eligibility and eased isolation rules for travellers to New Zealand. From 12th April 2022 From 11:59pm Tuesday 12 April, the following groups who still meet the conditions of their visa can travel to New Zealand without a border exception: Work visa holders Holders […]

New Zealand borders to open earlier than planned!

New Zealand borders to open earlier than planned! The New Zealand government have announced that their borders will be re-opened to fully-vaccinated travellers earlier than planned. From 13th April, vaccinated tourists from Australia will be able to enter New Zealand without having to isolate. From 2 May vaccinated tourists from other visa-waiver countries, including the […]

UK Working Holiday Visa processing resumed

UK Working Holiday Visa processing resumed The UK working holiday scheme has reopened to applications on 14th March 2022. As there is no limit on the number of working holiday visas granted to people from the UK, applications can be made at any time. The following uncapped working holiday schemes have also reopened from this […]

New border exemption for skilled workers

Skilled worker border exemption As part of the easing of border restrictions, skilled workers who are offshore and have a job offer in New Zealand to earn at least 1.5 times the median wage (NZD $84,240 a year or NZD $40.50 an hour) for a role longer than 6 months, may now seek a border […]

Updated border reopening plan announced

Updated border reopening plan announced It was announced today that the New Zealand border will reopen to vaccinated Kiwis and other current eligible travellers from Australia at 11.59pm on 27 February 2022 and to vaccinated Kiwis in the rest of the world on 13 March 2022. The requirement for these groups to stay in MIQ […]

New border class exception for the technology sector

New border class exception for the technology sector The NZ Government has announced a new border exception for the technology sector which will enable 600 specialist tech workers and their partners and dependent children to come to New Zealand. The border exception targets the areas of the sector most in need of overseas skills, including […]

Restrictions on visa processing outside New Zealand

The NZ Government has extended the suspension of visa processing for most individuals who are outside New Zealand until at least 5th August 2022. This applies unless they meet the current border exception criteria or an in Covid-19 quarantine-free travel zone. The suspension can be lifted, however, if the border restrictions change. Immigration New Zealand […]

New Zealand borders to reopen!

Great news! We finally have the announcement that the New Zealand borders will start to reopen in 2022. The reopening will happen in 3 phases: Phase 1 Fully vaccinated Kiwis and other eligible travellers can travel to NZ from Australia without staying in MIQ from the end of February 2022 (as long as they have […]

Refunds for lapsed visa applications

The Minister of Immigration has recently agreed to lapse visa applications that cannot be approved due to the border restrictions. INZ has decided to refund application fees and levies for applications that are being lapsed. INZ will also refund and return temporary visa applications received from people outside New Zealand after 10 August 2020, when […]

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