Up until now, due to the New Zealand border restrictions, critical health workers and other critical workers could apply for border exceptions to enter New Zealand.
The 2021 Resident Visa announcement by Immigration Minister of New Zealand has created huge ripples and given pathway to live permanently in new Zealand.
A critical health worker is a person who works in an occupation needed to deliver essential health services in New Zealand for certain employers.
Critical health and disability workers may work in any of the following:
A request can be made by an employer or a supporting agency to bring workers into New Zealand if they are deemed ‘other critical workers’
Critical workers can come to New Zealand for short term (less than 6 months) or long-term (6 months or more) durations.
To qualify as a short-term critical worker’, you must have unique experience, technical or specialist skills that are not easily available in New Zealand. Also, you must be undertaking a time critical role for an approved major infrastructure or government approved event/ programme or be engaged in work that will benefit the national or regional economy.
Seasonal workers are generally not approved unless they are highly skilled or uniquely specialized like highly specialist domestic veterinarians, vendor appointed engineers required to install major equipment and any actor in a key film role.
Long term critical workers need to meet one of the short-term critical worker requirements in addition to meeting other requirements like the pay being twice the median salary and have an essential role for the completion or continuation of a science programme partially or fully funded by the government and supported by the Science Innovation and International Branch of MBIE.
Apply for this visa if you have a critical purpose for coming to New Zealand and Immigration New Zealand has invited you to apply for visa. With this visa you can travel to New Zealand even though the border is currently closed.
To gain a better understanding of the above changes to the immigration instructions and to learn more about them kindly get in touch with us.
Please do not hesitate to contact Immigration Advisers New Zealand Ltd. at [email protected] or call on +64 09 3790219. Our experienced team of Licensed Immigration Advisers will be happy to guide you.
Vandana Rai is a Senior Licensed Immigration Adviser and has built a reputation around her rare set of skills, which could be considered ideal for her legal profession.