Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 and New Zealand immigration.
Despite the current COVID-19 Level 4 Alert, the timeframes for lodgement of appeals to the Immigration and Protect Tribunal (IPT) have not changed.
An epidemic notice has been issued under the Epidemic Preparedness Act 2006, in effect from Thursday 2 April 2020. This means temporary visa holders whose visas were due to expire between 1 April 2020 and 9 July 2020, will receive an automatic visa extension.
Pathways’ physical offices are now closed, but our immigration advisers will still be available to assist with your visa matters and enquiries.
The uncertainty around coronavirus intensifies uncertainty for New Zealand work visa holders.
Residence Visa applicants face continued wait times, as Immigration New Zealand (INZ) struggle to get through lodged applications.
INZ have released the new immigration instructions for the Parent Category visa, coming into effect on 24 February 2020.
On 24 February 2020, the remuneration or pay rate thresholds for the Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa (SMC) and the Essential Skills Work Visa will increase.
The new instructions make explicit that people who have entered into a culturally arranged marriage, in a wedding ceremony that took place outside of New Zealand, are eligible to apply for a visitor visa.
Changes to the skill level of 44 occupations in ANZSCO has opened the door to SMC Residence pathway for people in previously low skilled roles.