Immigration New Zealand offers many types of visas that will allow you to work in New Zealand. One of them is Work to Residence Visa, which is a great way to move from a temporary work visa to a residence visa. The objective of this visa category is to enable the grant of residence visas to people whose talents are needed by New Zealand employers, people with exceptional talent in a field of art, culture or sport and people working in areas of identified absolute occupational shortage in New Zealand.
However, due to the circumstances arising due to COVID-19, holders of Work to Residence visa were left wondering what the future held in store for them.
INZ taking cognizance of this has issued an amendment to the relevant immigration instructions on 25 September 2020 and announced that these changes apply to those who have a Residence from Work application in progress.
The amendment to the relevant immigration instruction has brought about changes that will allow applicants to be granted a subsequent Work to Residence visa in order to maintain their eligibility for residence and will provide some flexibility for South Island Contribution work visa holders.
The changes to immigration instructions allow, in cases where a residence from work visa has been lodged:
– a subsequent Work to Residence visa to be granted where the applicant is aged over the 55 year age limit
– a subsequent Work to Residence (Accredited Employer) visa to be granted where the applicant’s employer is no longer accredited
– South Island Contribution work visa holders to vary the industry or region specified on their visa to another industry or region in the south island.
These instructions are effective on and after 28 September 2020.
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