Work visa extensions for some partners and dependants

In July 2020 some employer assisted work visa holders had their visas extended for six months. Yesterday Immigration New Zealand announced that partners and children holding a visa based on their relationship with those work visa holders, will also have their visas extended. Some conditions apply.

For example, if an Essential Skills work visa holder held a work visa which originally expired on 1 September 2020 and this was extended to 1 March 2021, their partner holding a Partner of a Worker work visa to 1 September 2020 will also now have their visa extended to 1 March 2021.

Read more about the announcement here:



Essential Skills work visa requirements

Over the last few weeks there have been a number of changes to temporary entry policy. Currently, when applying for an Essential Skills work visa the rate of pay offered will determine the duration of the visa, the labour market test requirements and whether or not the Essential Skills work visa holder can support their partner and children for visas. The table below summarises the current requirements.

Some other key points:

  • All Essential Skills work visas will be issued for six months or three years. It is no longer possible to be issued a five year Essential Skills work visa.
  • ANZSCO will still be used to determine whether or not the visa applicant is suitably qualified or experienced to do the job.
  • The New Zealand borders are still closed and INZ is not processing any visa applications for those outside of New Zealand.

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