New Border Exceptions will allow some work visa holder to re-enter to New Zealand


From today, some workers stuck outside of the country will be able to come into the country.

Very broadly speaking, you must

✔ Have held an employer-assisted or entrepreneur work visa when you left NZ

✔ Have left NZ recently

✔ Still be working in the role that got you the visa

✔ Have lived in New Zealand long-term before you left the country

If you believe you are eligible, you can request permission to enter the border through the Immigration New Zealand website.

Note that partners and dependent children may be eligible to travel with you, if they hold a valid relationship-based visa now or held one at the time they left New Zealand, or if your child was born on or after 01/12/19.

Long-awaited news for migrants stuck offshore!!

INZ has announced the criteria for border entry for work visa holders. To be eligible 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:
o an entrepreneur work visa and operating a business in New Zealand (and operated it before departing New Zealand)
o their dependent children with them in New Zealand (for at least six months)
o parents or adult siblings who are ordinarily resident in New Zealand
o 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 Government is expecting up to 850 visa holders may be eligible for this category and it will monitor numbers!!