On 30th August 2020, Auckland moved back to Covid 19 Alert level “2.5” while the rest of New Zealand to level 2. This will be in place until at least 16th September 2020.
Our Newmarket office has re-opened on an appointments-only basis for existing clients to:
If you are coming in for any reason, please respect the safety of staff, other clients and yourself by observing the guidelines on our website:
Immigration New Zealand has recently announced extensions for:
Many New Zealand residents trapped offshore will have their travel conditions extended for 12-months. For more details see here
Pacific Legal has had success in supporting key projects such as Golf Course developments to bring critical workers into New Zealand. This exception has required proof of economic benefits to New Zealand and unique skills. The 2nd part of this test is being eased.
We offer a free appraisal service for employers. For details see here.
Unfortunately, for most applicants who are overseas, offshore temporary visa applications processing is on hold. For more details, see here.
If you have any further questions our friendly team will be happy to assist. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 09 666 0440
We are required to have these safeguards in place to “safely” open under level 2.5. Thanks for your understanding. We will return to more normal appointments at level 1. Our apologies for any inconvenience.
We remind clients that complying with Covid 19 level restrictions including contact tracing, social distancing and safe trading requirements are now a condition of all temporary visas. They are also important for your safety
Other temporary visa holders unable to leave New Zealand who are making genuine plans to leave. From mid-September 2020 they can apply for a special 2 month visa before their current visa expires. See here for more details.
If in doubt contact our office for advice.
Work visa holders who have
Note: All entry into New Zealand requires 14 days managed isolation.
There are quite a few conditions for this exception and we encourage you to contact our office if you think it might apply to you.
From October 2020, partners of New Zealand citizens or residents who do not hold current partnership visas and have never lived in New Zealand will no longer need their New Zealand partner to accompany them back to New Zealand.
Pacific Legal has been involved in a number of these cases. This will make a real difference to some partners who relocated back to New Zealand head of their offshore partner and were then separated. Until now the New Zealand partner has had to fly back and “fetch” the offshore partner. These partners will still need to prove that they are in a genuine and stable relationship.
The online border exception form has previously not allowed documents to be uploaded and we will wait to see whether this changes. The border exception process is very challenging and we find that clients often underestimate the level of evidence needed. Immigration New Zealand’s guidelines in this area are changing regularly and it pays to check first. If you are not sure if you qualify contact our friendly team for advice.
Individuals whose travel conditions expired on or after 2 February 2020 will be issued a new visa valid for 12 months.
Immigration New Zealand will advise relevant visa holders by email by the end of September 2020.
Individuals who have not been able to travel to New Zealand under the current border restrictions (including people granted residence offshore wanting to travel to New Zealand for the first time) will still need a border exception before they can travel to New Zealand. There are differences between various cases and it pays to check first.
To be eligible to bring in “other” critical workers and employer first needs to make a request and prove that:
(a) That the project will create jobs and economic growth for New Zealand and that,
(b) The worker has unique skills which are unattainable in New Zealand
There are some shortcuts for “shovel ready projects” listed by the government. There are also some rules around minimum salary depending on whether short or long-term visas are being sought.
We have found that employers are often surprised how difficult the testers compared with labour market tests and other normal immigration processes. It is at a whole different level: typically we would be providing economic analysis of the benefits of the project and endorsement at a national sector level for it. We would also have to provide proof that the proposed staff had skills that were absolutely unavailable in New Zealand.
Many employers struggle with both of the above tests even for very skilled employees. Many deserving roles cannot be filled.
On 11 September 2020, the government eased the above requirements. Currently, an individual must have unique experience and technical or specialist skills that are ‘not obtainable’ in New Zealand. This criterion will change to technical or specialist skills that are not ‘readily obtainable’ in New Zealand. A requirement that the experience be gained overseas has also been eased. This will help some employers. However, this remains a very challenging area.
Employers are welcome to contact us for an appraisal of their case without further obligation.
From 10th August 2020, people outside of New Zealand have not been able to apply for temporary visas for 3 months. Relationship-based visa applications for partners and dependent children of New Zealand citizens and residents can still be lodged.
The latest information we have (in September 2020) from immigration management is that these are still subject to a processing freeze while backlogs of onshore applications are cleared. The processing freeze may well be extended beyond November.
If you have any further questions our friendly team will be happy to assist. You can email us at email@example.com or phone 09 666 0440.