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Family Reunification: Critical Purpose Visitor Visa

Family Reunification: Critical Purpose Visitor Visa

Critical Purpose Visitor Visa

This immigration policy update related to new border exceptions will enable many families to reunite after months of separation. The New Zealand borders are currently closed to most travelers unless they enter New Zealand from a Quarantine-Free Travel Zone or hold a Critical Purpose Visitor Visa (CPVV).

Changes have now been made to immigration instructions for a new border exception. This exception will reunite partners and dependent children with temporary visa holders in New Zealand.

As per these changes, The Minister of Immigration has expanded the CPVV category to include three categories (mentioned below). Applicants who fall under these categories may now be eligible for a CPVV provided they meet the eligibility requirement and are still in a genuine and stable relationship with their New Zealand partner.

  1. Partners and dependent children who hold a current visa based on their relationship to the person in New Zealand or have held a valid visa on 19 March 2020 but it has now expired because they were unable to enter New Zealand by the arrival date listed on their visa.
  2. Partners and dependent children of workers employed in critical health services.
  3. Partners and dependent children of highly skilled workers.

For detailed information on the eligibility criteria for the categories mentioned above, please visit our INZ Update dated 19 April 2021.

It is important to note that Immigration New Zealand is still keeping the CPVV alternative closed for the partner and dependent children of the Open Work Visa holders who may have occupations or critical health jobs. The prerequisite for CPVV at this time is that the visa should reflect that you are working in an occupation in critical health services.

If you have any questions or require information regarding your situation, contact Immigration Advisers New Zealand Ltd at contact@nzimmigration.info or call on +64 09 3790219

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