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Border Exception for Normally Resident Work Visa Holders: Conditions Attached

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The New Zealand Government had announced last month that it will allow some work visa holders who are overseas now but usually live in New Zealand to re-enter the country.

Consequent to the announcement by the Government Immigration New Zealand (INZ) has now put a process in place, and the revised instructions have come into effect from 09 October 2020.

Only those who departed New Zealand between 1 December 2019 and 9 October 2020 and held an Essential Skills Work Visa based on mid or higher-skilled employment or assessed as at or above the median wage, a Work to Residence Visa or an Entrepreneur Work Visa when they left are eligible to request for entry. INZ would grant entry to them as work visa holders who normally live and works in New Zealand.

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 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 clause of having lived in New Zealand for at least two years has a condition attached to it, which was not clarified before. This has only come into the picture when INZ released the online form for requesting border exception.

This condition stipulates that there is also a requirement for the applicant to have spent 273 days or more in New Zealand in each of the two 12-month periods immediately before their departure.

The Government is expecting up to 850 visa holders may be eligible for this category, and it will monitor numbers.

For any queries or clarifications please reach out to us:

– Phone: +64 9 379 0219
– WhatsApp: +6421 080 14228
– Email: [email protected]
– Visit our website: www.nzimmigration.info

Reference: https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/new-border-exception-normally-resident-work-visa-holders-0

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