New Zealand moved to Alert Level 1 on Tuesday 9 June 2020… but our border didn’t

80 days after the government announced the alert system on 21 March 2020 New Zealand had achieved no new cases of COVID-19. We moved down to Level 1 on 9 June 2020. There are very few restrictions at this level. Domestically the focus is on basic hygiene and a contact tracing. Our office is now operating as normal but it’s good to know that we have the systems to operate remotely as well. The vast majority of our enquiries our online and after a reduction in March and April in June enquiries numbers have shot up to pre-Covid levels in May and June to date.

…but our border didn’t

But it’s anything but business as usual at the border! On 19 March the border was closed to all but citizens and residents already based in New Zealand, and their immediate dependents travelling back with them to New Zealand. It is likely to remain closed until a treatment or vaccine is available. A local bubble with Australia and Pacific neighbours as possible before then. Beyond that only a small number of exemptions for COVID-19 related essential workers, a tiny number of other essential workers in New Zealand’s national interests exceptional humanitarian cases. We have been inundated with queries about border exceptions from employers and businesses urgently needing the unique skills of well-qualified migrants to partners and extended family members. We have also received inquiries from skilled migrants and investors offshore who see New Zealand as a safe haven in a very uncertain world.

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6-month extension for employer-assisted work visa holders….

On 7th July 2020, Immigration New Zealand announced that those who are in New Zealand with employer-assisted work visas expiring before 31st December 2020, will automatically be extended for a further 6-months.

An employer-assisted temporary work visa includes:

  • Essential Skills
  • Work to Residence
  • Special and Skilled work visas for China, Indonesia, South Korea, Philippines and Vietnam
  • Special category work visas for Japanese Interpreters and Thai Chefs
  • Work visas granted under section 61 of the Immigration Act 2009 that specify an employer

This extension does not apply the employer-assisted work visa holders partner or dependent child who holds a visa based on their relationship and their expiry date will remain the same.

All your other original visa conditions stay the same, including the job title and location. If the conditions of  employment have changed or employment has ended, applicants will need to apply for a variation of conditions or a new visa if required.

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