INZ have announced immigration instructions to allow people not included, or excepted under the current travel ban, to be granted a visa or a Variation of Conditions to travel to New Zealand. You can request travel to New Zealand for the following reasons:
- essential health worker
- other essential worker
- Tongan or Samoan national requiring essential travel to New Zealand
- partner or dependent child of student or work visa holder
- partner or dependent child of a New Zealand citizen or resident
- Australian citizen or permanent resident that normally resides in New Zealand
The threshold for exceptional circumstances is extremely high. As at 3 July 2020, INZ have received 21,341 requests from people who believe they are eligible to be granted an exception to the border closure. Of the 20,922 requests decided so far, only 4,029 have met the criteria and have been invited to apply for a visa.
Please contact Pathways if you would like to discuss the process and the requirements for making a travel request.