A lot has happened since COVID-19 first struck our beautiful country in March 2020. COVID-19 impacted immigration settings, travel, movement, businesses, and above all, our daily lives.

In the frenzy of the constantly evolving situation, our migrant community has been impacted significantly. The New Zealand border has been closed since March 2020 and temporary visa processing from offshore suspended since August 2020 with only very limited exceptions. These exceptions include partners and dependent children of New Zealand citizens or residents, eligible “normally resident” work visa holders, critical health workers, “other critical workers” supported by their New Zealand employers, and eligible returning students. People who do not automatically have border exemption status must first request, and be approved for, a border exemption before being allowed to travel to New Zealand and everyone on arriving in New Zealand must undergo 14-days of quarantine in a Government managed facility.


Pathways continues to be very successful in obtaining border exemption requests for a range of applicants. These include partners of New Zealanders, critical workers required for key roles and projects in New Zealand, and a large number of doctors and health professionals who are urgently required to work in our District Health Boards and other primary care providers to support New Zealand’s health system at this critical time.

Immigration policy has been constantly evolving and changing over the past year in response to the pandemic. More changes are expected in the future and the team at Pathways is focused on keeping you informed and updated about these changes. With over 135 years of combined immigration experience the Pathways team is well placed to provide the necessary guidance during these challenging times.

If you are wanting to know about your border entry eligibility, or for a potential employee, let's talk!

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Immigration Updates

Border exceptions will see more families reunited

19 Apr 2021

Hundreds more families who were separated by the border closure will be reunited under new border exceptions announced today, Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi said.


Glimmer of hope for GP practices in New Zealand

15 Mar 2021

Overseas doctors with offers of employment to commence after 31 March 2021 can now apply for critical purpose visas and make travel plans to take up their employment.


Visas for families of returning students

9 Mar 2021

Eligible returning students may be able to bring partners and dependent children along with them to New Zealand.


Government eases visa restrictions for visitors in New Zealand

19 Feb 2021

Visitor visa holders will be able to stay in New Zealand a little longer as the Government eases restrictions for those still here.


Border exception for normally resident work visa holders comes into force

9 Oct 2020

From 9 October 2020, some temporary work visa holders who normally live in New Zealand, and have strong, ongoing links to the country, will be permitted re-entry.


More border exceptions for critical roles

22 Sep 2020

The Government has established class exceptions for border entry for a limited number of veterinarians, deep sea fishing crew, as well as agricultural and horticultural machinery operators.


Seasonal work visa available to more people

22 Sep 2020

The Government is putting in place a range of immigration policy changes to help fill labour shortages in key industries while ensuring New Zealanders, who have lost jobs due to COVID-19, have the chance to find new employment.


Changes provide certainty for offshore resident visa holders

9 Sep 2020

The Government is making changes to help new residents stuck offshore keep their residency status while COVID-19 travel restrictions remain in place.


Border changes to help reunite New Zealanders with their loved ones

9 Sep 2020

The Government is making changes to current border exception rules to allow some partners of New Zealand citizens and residents to be able to reunite in New Zealand.


Suspension of offshore temporary visa applications

4 Aug 2020

From 10 August 2020 to 9 November 2020, persons who are outside New Zealand will no longer be able to apply for a temporary entry class visa. There are some exceptions though.