New Zealand NZ borders open for the world in July 2022

:loudspeaker: [Breaking] A big announcement has been made by the Prime Minister, the Minister of Education, and the Minister of Immigration today.

Some key points are:
:point_right: Border fully open two months early from 11:59pm 31 July
:point_right: Full resumption of international education from 31 July
:point_right: Significantly simplified immigration processes that provide faster processing for businesses
:point_right: New Green List that includes over 85 hard to fill roles created to attract and retain high-skilled workers to fill skill shortages
:point_right: Green List will provide streamlined and prioritised pathway to residency incentivising high skilled healthcare, engineers, trade and tech sector workers to relocate to New Zealand long term
:point_right: Visa extensions for around 20,000 migrants already in New Zealand to ensure skilled workers stay in country

There will be changes for post-study work rights:
:point_right: Students in non-degree level courses will not get post-study work rights except where they are studying and then working in specified shortage and skilled occupations
:point_right: For degree-level and other eligible international students the length of time they can work after their studies will mirror the time they study in New Zealand.
:point_right: Masters and PhD students will retain the right to work in New Zealand for up to three years after their studies
:point_right: Students will also not be able to apply for a second post-study visa in New Zealand.

Our team is working on understanding the new policies.