!!! IMPORTANT !!! Work Visa Changes effective 27 July 2020

!!! IMPORTANT !!! Work Visa Changes effective 27 July 2020

A new Essential Skills Work Visa system will take effect from 27 July 2020. This is part of a dramatic, multi-stage overhaul of the employer-assisted temporary work visa system, which the Government announced last year.

16 Jul 2020 • Richard Howard
Temporary Work Visas extended – and other short-term changes to visa settings

Temporary Work Visas extended – and other short-term changes to visa settings

This week the Government has announced changes to temporary work visa settings. One of these changes is an automatic extension to all existing employer-assisted temporary work visas for people who are in New Zealand and whose visas are due to expire from 10 July to 31 December 2020.

08 Jul 2020 • Richard Howard
Exceptions to border closure effective 18 June 2020

Exceptions to border closure effective 18 June 2020

From 18 June 2020, partners and dependents of New Zealand citizens and residents, who have been separated from their New Zealand-resident relatives, may travel to New Zealand unaccompanied by their New Zealand citizen or resident partners.

19 Jun 2020 • Heidi Thompson
COVID-19 Immigration FAQ

COVID-19 Immigration FAQ

Pathways NZ has compiled a repository of Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 and New Zealand immigration policy. As more questions and answers are added, this page will be updated.

22 May 2020 • Pathways
Work Visa Labour Market Tests even more stringent in response to COVID-19

Work Visa Labour Market Tests even more stringent in response to COVID-19

New Zealand immigration policy is, and will continue to be affected by COVID-19. Essential Skills work visa applicants should be aware – there will be even greater scrutiny around labour market tests from now on.

22 May 2020 • Pathways
Extension granted to residence applicants with an ITA

Extension granted to residence applicants with an ITA

Immigration New Zealand (INZ) have announced extensions for some residence applicants who have received an Invitation to Apply (ITA).

21 May 2020 • Richard Howard
Skilled Migrant and Parent Category EOI draws postponed due to COVID-19

Skilled Migrant and Parent Category EOI draws postponed due to COVID-19

INZ have announced the deferral of Expression of Interest (EOI) selections for Skilled Migrant Category and Parent Category residence visas.

08 Apr 2020 • Martin King
Expired and invalid visas: What to do if you are unlawfully in New Zealand

Expired and invalid visas: What to do if you are unlawfully in New Zealand

If you are unlawfully in New Zealand you should urgently seek advice on submitting a Section 61 request to regain your lawful status.

07 Apr 2020 • Charlotte Summers
Immigration and Protection Tribunal still operating – appeal deadlines continue to apply

Immigration and Protection Tribunal still operating – appeal deadlines continue to apply

Despite the current COVID-19 Level 4 Alert, the timeframes for lodgement of appeals to the Immigration and Protect Tribunal (IPT) have not changed.

30 Mar 2020 • Charlotte Summers
Border controls: closures,  exceptions and mandatory quarantine

Border controls: closures, exceptions and mandatory quarantine

NZ have announced immigration instructions, effective on and after 30 March 2020, to allow people not included, or exempt under the current travel ban, to be granted a visa or a Variation of Conditions to travel to New Zealand.

27 Mar 2020 • Charlotte Summers