Currently, people who are overseas cannot make a temporary visa application until 10th November 2020. This is a 3 month suspension on applications from August 2020. It is not clear whether it will be renewed beyond 10 November. Those holding existing work visas were also unable to be granted border exceptions to return.
In September 2020 the Government announced it will allow some work visa holders who are overseas now but “normally live in New Zealand” to re-enter the country.
This applies to those who:
There are quite a few qualifications to meet here. For example those on unpaid leave because they were trapped overseas or who worked remotely from overseas when the visa gave a location should get advice. The above was up to date as at 9 October 2020 but could change at short notice.
The above is general information only. You should seek qualified advice based on your own circumstances before acting on it.
Pacific legal is very well-placed to assist with all Immigration related matters. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, by phone at +64 9 666 0440 or through our website www.pacificlegal.co.nz for more details.
Senior Associate Diana.Bell@pacificlegal.co.nz