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10 September, 2020

New border exceptions in New Zealand

Update from Immigration New Zealand for work-to-residence/Essential Skills visa holders.


On 09 September 2020, the Minister of Immigration, Kris Faafoi, has announced new border exception.

That visa holders, who have retained their job or business in New Zealand, plus their partners and dependent children, will be able to apply for this exception from early October when the new category opens.

To be considered for the new border exception and to demonstrate a strong and ongoing connection to New Zealand with realistic prospects of remaining here long-term, visa holders must:

still hold their job in New Zealand, or continue to operate a business in New Zealand

hold either a work to residence visa, or an essential skills visa that is not subject to the stand-down period, or an entrepreneur visa
have departed New Zealand on or after 1 December 2019
have lived in New Zealand for at least two years, or, if living in New Zealand for at least one year, have one of the following:
♢ an entrepreneur work visa and operating a business in New Zealand (and
operated it before departing New Zealand)
♢ their dependent children with them in New Zealand (for at least six months)
♢parents or adult siblings who are ordinarily resident in New Zealand
♢ submitted an application for residence by 31 July 2020
have held a visa at the time of departing that does not expire before the end of 2020, or, if expiring before that date, have applied for a further visa by 10 August 2020.

The most important for you, our clients information was underlined by JPC LTD team.

If your situation meets underline conditions, then please approach Luz Cu, our Licensed Immigration adviser for further info or ask for assistance with your application..

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