A lot has been happening with immigration over the last week or so. Here are a few of the most important changes:
– BORDER CLOSURE – The New Zealand border is closed to most travellers from overseas. There are only a few limited exceptions to this. All arrivals from overseas must self-isolate for 14 days on arrival.
– EXTENSION OF VISAS – If you are currently in New Zealand and hold a temporary visa (work, student, visitor, interim, limited) that expires between 2 April and 9 July 2020, your visa will be automatically extended to 25 September 2020. You will be sent an email directly about this if you are affected.
– INZ OFFICES CLOSED – All INZ offices are closed. This means that lengthy delays can be expected with any applications that are currently pending with INZ.
– SUPERMARKET EMPLOYEES – Visa conditions for certain student and work visa holders have been relaxed. Student and work visa holders who were employees of Woolworths or Foodstuffs on 23 March will be able to do any role, for as many hours as required for their employer from 25 March to 25 April 2020.
All of the latest INZ and COVID-19 information is available on the INZ website.
Take care everyone.