Zoom Meeting – Covid19 Immigration Update with Migrant Centre (14 May 2020)

  • Immigration Visa Processing Update (as at 13 May)
    • All INZ offshore Immigration offices remain closed, no news when will it open
    • Onshore offices were closed except for Wellington office at level 4
      then Documentation branch at level 3.
    • Only few are able to Work from home due to computer system issues.
    • Level 2: 70% immigration officers return to work
  • Priority list issued 13 MayToday Immigration resumes the processing of Temporary and residence visas
    according to priority.Temporary Visa

    1.Covid19 related applications and onshore applications
    2.Offshore applications

    Residence Visa

    1.Onshore applications SMC and WTR
    Priority – applicants with occupational registration or an hourly rate of $51 or more
    2.Offshore applications

  • Changes to processing visa applications
    1. Strict labour market test and sustainability

     

    Labour market test –  required for Essential Skills Work Visa. It means genuine attempt to
    recruit New Zealanders before offering the job to a migrant.

    Sustainability – the ability of the company to keep trading for the entire duration of
    the visa.

    1. Delays in the processing of visa applications
  • Epidemic Management Notice – Automatic Extension of Visas
    • Temporary visas expiring between 2 April and 9 July have now been automatically extended until 25 Sep 2020
    •  If temporary visa expired before 2 April and did not apply for a new visa before then, request for a new visa through section61, email: s61@mbie.govt.nz
  • Essential services – short term variation of visa conditions (VOC)
    Employers must be providing essential services (as they are defined on the www.covid19.govt.nz website) and be operating during the COVID-19 Alert level 4  and 3.  The VOC is valid for only at level4 or 3 and 6 weeks  at level 2.o Student visa holders to work full time for that employer.

    • Workers can have their visa conditions varied to work in any occupation for their current employer (as stated on their existing visa) and the same regions
    • Workers can change employers but must work in the same occupation as  stated on their existing visa and the same region.
  • Immigration Amendment Covid19 Response Bill 2020
    • Enable the government to quickly and efficiently manage visa changes during covid19.o Likely to be a law on 15 May 2020
    • Brings 8 new powers and will be available for 12 months
  • Why is the bill needed?

    • To enable INZ to deal with visas on classes/groups of people instead of individual
    • To manage INZ capacity overload INZ
      – Prior to lockdown there is already a backlog in INZ.
      – Bulk number of regular applications plus applications/variations due to Covid19 impact.
      There are approximately 350K temporary visa holders onshore

    200K+ work visa holders may need to vary their employment visa conditions

    70K+ student visa holders may need visa conditions relaxed to enable them to change their course or work extra hours

    55K+ visitor visa holders may need to continue to have the expiry date of their visas extended if

    commercial flights out of New Zealand continue to be unavailable

    Sheila Hernandez
    Licensed Immigration Adviser
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UPDATE: Immigration COVID-19 Response Amendment Bill (5 May 2020)

Target Implementation: May 2020
 
This Bill aims to ensure that the Government can respond appropriately and efficiently to the COVID-19 outbreak by providing additional flexibility in the immigration system.
 
It does so by introducing 8 time-limited powers (12 months), as follows:
 
1. Impose, vary or cancel conditions for classes of temporary-entry visa holders
2. Vary or cancel conditions for classes of resident-class visa holders
3. Extend the expiry dates of visas for classes of people
4. Grant visas to individuals and classes of people in the absence of an application
5. Waive any regulatory requirements for certain classes of application
6. Waive the requirement to obtain a transit visa
7. Suspend the ability to make applications for visas or submit expressions of interest in applying for visas by classes of people
8. Revoke the entry permission of people who arrive either on private aircraft or marine vessels (to align them with people who arrive on commercial flights, who can already be refused entry)
 
These powers will enable the Government to:
 
• amend visa conditions for large groups of people,
• extend visas of large groups of people for varying periods of time (enabling processing to be staggered),
• stop people overseas from making applications while it is not possible to travel to New Zealand due to border restrictions, and
• refuse entry to certain people with deemed entry permission to prevent them from entering New Zealand while border restrictions are in place.
 
Examples how these powers could be used:
 
• making changes to visa conditions allowing workers to be redeployed to a different employer or location;
 
• allowing visa holders currently offshore more time to travel to NZ within the validity of their visa;
 
• suspending new application for particular visa categories until global border restriction loosened and visa holders are able to travel in New Zealand.

COVID-19 Response (Further Management Measures) Legislation Bill – First Reading – Video 15 from New Zealand Parliament on Vimeo.

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COVID-19 Summary of Policy Changes (2 May 2020)

Covid19 Immigration Update as at 2 May 2020

 

Border Closure

  1. The border is effectively closed to all but NZ citizens and residents.
  2. Non-NZ citizens and residents may apply for exception to travel restriction if you have a critical purpose for travel to NZ such as humanitarian reasons, Health and other essential workers, dependents of NZ citizens and visa holders who usually reside here.

 

Epidemic Management Notice – Extension of Visas

  1. All temporary visas held by onshore workers, students and visitors that were due to expire between 2 April and 9 July have now been automatically extended until 25 September 2020.
  2. If your temporary visa expired before 2 April and you did not apply for a new visa before then, you can email your details and an explanation of why you did not apply for a new visa to s61@mbie.govt.nz and Immigration New Zealand (INZ) will decide if a new visa can be granted to you.

 

Varying conditions to support the Healthcare Sector (Health and Aged Care)

  1. Student visa holders who have held employment on 3 April 2020 in healthcare roles are now allowed to work for more than 20 hours per week for up to 3 months (3 Apr 2020 to 3 July 2020).

 

  1. Low-skilled work visa holders currently working in healthcare roles can work for an additional 12 months before they will be subject to the stand-down period (after they have worked in NZ for 3 years).

Relax visa restrictions for Supermarket employees

 

  1. From 25 March Up to 25 April, those visa holders working in a supermarket are allowed to work in a supermarket role different to that which is stated on their visa. And Student visa holders working in a supermarket are allowed to work more than 20 hours per week in a supermarket.

Essential services – short term variation of visa conditions (VOC)

 

  1. Employers may now apply for their employees Variation of Visa Condition. The employer must be providing essential services (as they are defined on the www.covid19.govt.nz website) and be operating during the COVID-19 Alert level 4 and 3.   The VOC duration is from the date of approval to six weeks after NZ first moves to level 2 of the Covid19 Alert system.
  • Student visa holders to work full time for that employer
  • Workers can have their visa conditions varied to work in any occupation for their current employer (as stated on their existing visa) and the same regions
  • Workers can change employers but must work in the same occupation as stated on their existing visa and the same region.

 

INZ Visa Processing Update at level 3

 

  1. At level 4, only Immigration Wellington Head Office is open with limited staffs focus in processing Covid19 related applications.
  2. At level 3, a limited number of staff will be able to enter onshore INZ offices, starting with the Documentation branch (where the mailroom is located and where paper applications get lodged in the system). No decision has been made as to when staff will be able to re-enter other INZ onshore offices but when they do, numbers of staff back at work in the office will be very limited. Some staffs are working remotely but with limited capacity due to IT issues.
  3. INZ staffs may begin returning to work under Alert Level 2, but INZ probably won’t be operating at full capacity until Alert Level 1 at least.

 

Priorities for Visa Processing

 

  1. COVID-19 related applications continue to be prioritised plus the following categories as Immigration increase their capacity.
  • Temporary visa applications for Victims of Domestic Violence
  • Partnership category temporary visas (including reassessments)
  • Full fee paying student visas
  • Post study work visas
  • Exceptions to border restrictions
  1. Paper-based applications will only be able to be processed under Alert Level 2.
  2. Offshore applications are currently not being processed unless they meet the Covid19 exception criteria.

 

Migrant Hardship (Visa Compliance)

  1. Compliance action will not be taken in the immediate future against migrants who have lost their jobs/had their hours or pay reduced and are no longer meeting with their visa requirements. INZ has promised that they will take into account any impacts on an individual’s employment history as a result of COIVD-19 during the assessment of any future applications and decisions will be made on a case by case basis based on their individual circumstances.

 

Programs Deferred

The Government has decided to defer the following visa programs.

  • selections for Expressions of Interest (EOI) in the Skilled Migrant Category (SMC) and the Parent Category
  • ballot registrations for the Samoan Quota (SQ) and Pacific Access Category (PAC)
  • 19 capped Working Holiday schemes due to open in the next 6 months. They are: Estonia, Hong Kong, Slovenia, Spain, Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, Luxembourg, South Korea, Taiwan, China, Malta, Thailand, Turkey, Vietnam, Croatia, Peru, Brazil, and Argentina.

 

Sheila Hernandez
Licensed Immigration Adviser
201700443

Sheila@sdhvisa.com
03 929 2980

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COVID19 IMMIGRATION UPDATE (22.4.2020)

COVID19 IMMIGRATION UPDATE
22 April 2020

 

Message from Immigration New Zealand

Immigration New Zealand is preparing operationally to move in to Alert Level 3 next week on Tuesday 28 April.

As of today we have received 4,545 expressions of interest (EOI) from people who believe they meet exceptions to the border closure. Of the 4,356 EOIs decided so far, 883 meet the criteria and have been invited to apply for a visa.

Please note the following information has also been provided to employers.

Alert Level 3 impact on INZ

Staff will continue to work out of our head office in Wellington or remotely, focusing processing efforts on urgent COVID-19 related applications including applications from individuals who have a critical purpose for coming to New Zealand. We are currently working through the logistics of some staff working on additional visa processing for categories that have been prioritised at our New Zealand offices during Alert Level 3.

INZ is also prioritising the processing of some visa categories for applicants who are already in New Zealand, including temporary visa applications for Victims of Family Violence, partnership category temporary visas (including reassessments), full fee paying student visas, and post-study work visas. More information about visa processing priorities can be found on our website.

Essential services – short term variation of conditions request form online

From 16 April, employers or advisers who are acting on behalf of an employer can request a variation for a short period. This is to help businesses continue essential services and allow temporary migrants and international students to further assist with our essential services during the COVID-19 response.

      –          Advisers who are acting on behalf of an employer may complete the request form. The adviser details can be recorded in the additional details section of the form.

      –          It is really important that advisers ensure that employers read and understand the declaration included in the form as it relates to the employers operations during alert level 4 and employment standards.

    –          If an immigration adviser is representing a migrant (in addition to the employer) the adviser details can also be recorded in the spreadsheet for employee details.

    –          If an adviser is representing the migrant and not the employer the form must be completed by the employer. The adviser details can be recorded against the migrant in the employee detail spreadsheet that the employer will be completing.

Request a variation of conditions for essential workers

Medical care for unlawful migrants

It is imperative that anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19 should contact Healthline for free on 0800 358 5453 or their doctor immediately. Immigration status will not impact on people’s ability to receive health care. People unlawfully in New Zealand should seek medical advice if they are unwell. They can rest assured that their treatment will be in complete confidence and their information will not be passed on to other agencies.

Visa processing FAQ 

As mentioned in an email we sent to you last week, INZ is focusing on processing applications that are a priority and can be processed within current operational constraints. The assessment of these applications or requests may take longer than usual. Along with applications for those who meet exceptions to the border closure, the visa types we are currently processing are:

  • Temporary visa applications for Victims of Domestic Violence
  • Partnership category temporary visas (including reassessments)
  • Full Fee Paying student visas
  • Post Study work visas

I have an application in one of the categories being prioritised. How do I request my application to be processed?

Applicants in this situation do not need to contact Immigration New Zealand. Applications in these categories will be allocated to an Immigration Officer as soon as practicable. Applicants will only be contacted if further information is required or once a decision on your application has been made.

I have an application in one of the categories being prioritised. How long will it take for my application to be processed?

Due to Immigration New Zealand’s limited visa processing capacity, the assessment of these applications may take longer than usual. As such, we are unable to provide you with an indicative timeframe and request your patience and understanding in the current processing environment.

 

I have an application in one of the categories being prioritised. Can you expedite my visa application?

Applications will generally be processed in date order and will be allocated to an available Immigration Officer as soon as it is practicable to do so.

 

I have an application in one of the categories being prioritised. Will my family’s dependent visa applications also be progressed?

Yes. If you have family who have applied for visas dependent on your application, their applications will also be processed.

 

My application is not in one of the categories being prioritised. When will Immigration New Zealand start processing other applications?

Due to our limited processing capacity during COVID-19, INZ will not be processing application types outside of this list at this time. INZ will be regularly reviewing our processing priorities and any changes will be updated on our website.

 

My application is not in one of the categories being prioritised. Can I change my current application type to one of the application types listed?

If you believe you meet the criteria to be granted a visa under one of the listed categories and are currently on a visa type that allows you to submit a new application online, you are welcome to do so. Applications will generally be processed in date order.

 

I have applied for a General Visitor Visa on the basis of my partnership to a NZ citizen / resident / temporary Visa Holder. Will my application be progressed?

No. Only applications relating to COVID-19 and the application types listed above are currently being progressed.

 

My partnership visa application relies on my partner’s application being completed first. Will my partner’s application be completed even if it is not in one of the above categories so my application can be processed?

No. Only applications relating to COVID-19 and application types listed above are currently being progressed.

 

What happens to me if my current application is declined and I cannot leave the country?

INZ is sympathetic to individuals who are impacted by the current travel restrictions in place around the world and applicants’ individual circumstances will be taken in to account during the assessment of an application.

 

Why is INZ progressing only certain application types only?

The health and safety of INZ staff is our top priority.  With all INZ offices currently closed and limited processing capacity, we need to focus our available resources on COVID-19 related applications. Alongside this, we now have the capacity to prioritise some other applications where the applicant’s eligibility is unlikely to have been significantly impacted by COVID-19.

 

I submitted a paper application for one of these categories recently, but INZ offices have closed. Will INZ be able to progress it?

Paper based applications are currently unable to be processed due to INZ offices being closed. INZ is currently looking at options to assist applicants who submitted paper-based applications.

 

My previous application in one of these categories was declined and I have submitted a reconsideration application. Will it be progressed?

Paper based applications are currently unable to be progressed due to INZ offices being closed. INZ is currently looking at options to assist applicants who submitted paper-based applications.

 

Will work visas for asylum claimants be processed under the new prioritisation framework?

Under the Epidemic Management Notice (which took effect on 2 April 2020 in relation to immigration matters), asylum claimants with expiring visas had their visas extended until 25 September 2020. Work visas for asylum claimants are paper based and these applications will begin to be processed when staff are able to resume working from Immigration New Zealand offices.

 

Are some residence applications still being prioritised?

No. Only applications relating to the Government’s COVID-19 response (such as applications for essential health workers or other essential services and applications for critical humanitarian reasons) and application types listed above are currently being progressed.

 

What are general instructions and why have these been issued now?

The Deputy Chief Executive – Immigration is able to direct immigrations officers what order to process visas in. They do this by issuing general instructions to immigration officers. This allows Immigration New Zealand to prioritise visas consistently.

 

Varying conditions for essential workers FAQ

Why has this decision been made to create a variation of conditions (VOC) process for exceptional cases?

The Variation of Conditions process will provide certainty to essential workers or suppliers of essential goods by enabling them to retain staff in redeployment of duties where the need arises. It will also allow students currently employed by an essential service or supplier of essential goods to work full time. The Variation of Conditions will be valid while New Zealand is at Alert Level 3 or 4, and for a period of 6 weeks after.

 

What employers are eligible to request a VOC for their employees?

Businesses that are currently operating during Level 4 lockdown as an essential service are eligible to request a VOC for their employees.

 

What variations can be made to a work visa?

Workers can have their visa conditions varied to work in any occupation for their current employer (as stated on their existing visa) or workers can change employers but must work in the same occupation as stated on their existing visa.

 

Can I vary the region on my work visa?

No. Variation of Conditions to change regions of employer will not be considered under these instructions due to public health considerations.

 

What types of work visas can be varied?

Work visas which specify an occupation and employer may be varied.

 

I am on a Student visa – is this applicable to me?

Student visa holders (who were already employed on 16 April) can increase the hours they can work for their current employer operating during Level 4 lockdown.

 

I am currently on an interim visa – can I apply for a Variation of Conditions under this specific category?

No, the variation of conditions is not available to people on interim visas at this stage.

 

I have a work visa but haven’t arrived in New Zealand. Can I apply for a VOC?

No, the VOC is for visa holders already in New Zealand who are employed by essential service businesses.

 

I am currently working for an essential employer as admin staff. Can I work in a different role for the same employer?

Yes, your employer can make a request for a Variation of Conditions via the INZ website. The form is available at www.immigration.govt.nz/formshelp/request-vary-conditions-for-essential-services

 

Do I have to pay a fee?

There is no fee for a Variation of Conditions under this special category.  However, if you apply for a Variation of Conditions outside of this specific criteria, you may have to pay a fee.

 

Do I need to complete a form?

There is an online form that your employer will need to complete. See www.immigration.govt.nz/formshelp/request-vary-conditions-for-essential-services.

 

What documents do I need to provide?

The documents that your employer completes and submits to Immigration New Zealand are sufficient.  You do not need to provide anything additional.

Your employer must get your agreement to the Variation of Conditions before they submit the request.

 

How long will the Variation of Conditions last for?

The Variation of Conditions will be valid until six weeks after we return to Alert Level 2.

 

How will I be notified of the decision?

We will email you individually to inform you of changes to your visa status.

 

Can I change employer as my current employer has no work for me?

Work visa holders can perform their current role in a different workplace in the same region to help essential businesses keep operating while New Zealand remains at Alert Level 3 or 4 and six weeks after that.

International students with visas that allow work may already work for any employer for up to 20 hours a week. This will not change.

 

Can I get my request for a Variation of Conditions reconsidered if it is declined?

No, there is no right of reconsideration or appeal for this request.

 

How long will it take to process my request for a Variation of Conditions?

We will endeavour to inform you within seven days. However requests will be prioritised to support the areas of greatest need (for example in health and aged care sectors).

 

What if I want to change employers permanently?

At the end of this specific Variation of Conditions, you will need to apply for a new visa or variation of conditions to permanently change your employer.

 

I have a Student Visa limited to 20 hours working per week. Can I now work full time for the same employer?

Your employer will need to request for a Variation of Conditions via the INZ website. The form is available at www.immigration.govt.nz/formshelp/request-vary-conditions-for-essential-services

INZ will take off the restrictions on hours of work, if all requirements are met.

This will allow you to be employed by an essential business to enable full time employment in any occupation for that same employer.

At the end of the VOC do the conditions revert back to the original visa?

Yes, the Variation of Conditions is only for a specified period (until six weeks after the date New Zealand returns to Alert Level 2).

 

Sheila Hernandez
IAAA 201700443

www.sheilahernandez.net
admin@sdhvisa.com
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COVID19 IMMIGRATION UPDATE

COVID19 IMMIGRATION UPDATE
5 April 2020

Recent changes to Immigration Policies in response to Covid19 pandemic.

  1. Border restrictions

New Zealand (NZ) Border is closed to all travellers except for:

  • New Zealand citizens,
  • Permanent residents’,
  • Residents who have been in New Zealand as a resident (i.e. not someone travelling to New Zealand for the first time after being granted residence offshore).,
  • Australian citizens and permanent residents who normally live in New Zealand,
  • Diplomat accredited to NZ and currently resident in NZ.

 

  1. Exceptions to border measures

Holders of Temporary Visa must be refused entry in NZ except for people who have a critical purpose for travelling to NZ.

Exception Categories:

  • Humanitarian reasons;
  • Health and other essential workers;
  • Citizens of Samoa and Tonga for essential travel to New Zealand; and
  • Visitor, student or work visa holders who normally live in New Zealand, and who are the partner or dependent of a temporary work or student visa holder who is currently in New Zealand.
  • Partners, dependent children and legal guardians of, and who are traveling with:
    • New Zealand citizens or permanent resident visa holders
    • New Zealand resident visa holders where the resident visa was granted in New Zealand
  • New Zealand resident visa holders where the resident visa holder is arriving in New Zealand for a second or subsequent time where they are travelling with that New Zealand citizen or resident visa holder
  • Visitor, student and work visa holders who are ordinarily resident in New Zealand and who are the partner or dependent child of a temporary student or work visa holder who is in New Zealand.

 

How to apply for Exception for the Border Restrictions?

  1. Submit Expression of Interest using INZ website. https://www.immigration.govt.nz/formshelp/request-for-travel-to-new-zealand
  2. INZ assess whether application meets exceptional and justify critical purpose of travel to NZ.
  3. INZ will email Invitation to apply (ITA) or vary existing visa to allow applicants to travel.

Only those with ITA may apply within 1 month of the date of the ITA

  1. Granted visa or VOC will have a condition that the holder has a critical purpose while in NZ.

Note:

  • Applicants must meet the immigration criteria
  • Travellers can still attempt to check-in and be referred to a border officer to make an individual exception, though there is no certainty that a particular person will be approved under that process.
  • Before submitting a request, people should consider the availability of flights to New Zealand and travel restrictions for any country they may need to transit on the way to New Zealand.

Exceptions based on humanitarian factors

Exceptions based on Humanitarian factors are for extreme cases only. You must have a compelling Humanitarian circumstances.

For exceptions based on humanitarian reasons, factors that an immigration officer will consider include:

  • Strong connection(family) to New Zealand and to the place they are currently located
  • Whether New Zealand is their primary place of residence, and how long they have been away from New Zealand
  • Other options available to the person
  • The impact of not giving an exception
  • Whether the Ministry of Health or a District Health Board supports the provision of any medical treatment that may be required by an applicant.

Exceptions for those working in the Health sector travelling to New Zealand

Visa applications will be prioritised for key roles necessary for the health response in New Zealand.

An essential health care worker is defined as a current or new employee with a signed offer of employment from one of the listed agencies and who has a commencement date from March to June 2020.

Listed Agencies:

  • A District Health Board
  • The New Zealand Blood Service
  • Hospice or palliative care
  • A primary care practice such as urgent care or a medical or healthcare centre
  • Aged residential care, respite or continuing care facility.

Positions:

  • Medical Doctors
  • Nurses
  • Midwives
  • Psychologist, Physiotherapist
  • Technical and Scientific staff working in theatre, laboratory, radiology, cardiology, blood service, nuclear medicine, oncology, haematology, pathology, hyperbaric medicine and mortuary and Research staff.
  • Care and Support Workers; Aged Care, Child Health and Palliative/hospice care workers; Mental Health and Forensic care workers.

Partners and dependent children of essential health workers who will accompany them may also be included in the request.

Any other essential workers agreed by the Government

Exceptions will be decided by the Government following advice from officials. Only people specifically identified as essential workers by the COVID-19 All of Government Officials will be granted visas under this exception type.

Partners and dependent children must be invited individually to apply under this exception. This will only happen when it is appropriate to do so based on the circumstances of the essential worker.

Varying conditions to support the Healthcare Sector (Health and Aged Care)

Who: worker in Health and Aged Care Sector

  • 1 year extension for lower skilled Work visa holders subject to stand down this year
    – worker who were subject to a stand down period this year, will now be able to continue working here for another year.
  • International students in healthcare roles

– Student visa holders may work from part time (20 hrs) to full time for 3 months.

– Students must still meet their study requirements.

  1. Relax visa restrictions for Supermarket employees

Effective: 25 March 2020

  • work visa holders to allow them to work in roles other than specified on their visa;
  • student visa holders to allow them to work more than 20 hours per week

 

Work are duties associated with the supply of goods to, from, or within a supermarket undertaken by a student or work visa holder who was an employee of a supermarket on 23 March 2020.

 

‘Supermarket’

is a retailer selling food and groceries affiliated with one of the following:

  • Woolworths New Zealand Limited (owners of Countdown, Super Value and FreshChoice supermarkets)
  • Foodstuffs Limited (owners of New World, Pak n Save and Four Square)
  1. Extension of Visas under the Epidemic Management Notice

Epidemic Management Notice (EMN) has been enforced. This means all temporary entry class visas can be extended for people who are currently in New Zealand.

Who: Temporary Visa holders (work, student, visitor, interim and limited) who are in NZ
How: Automatic, no need to apply.

If the expiry date stated in a worker’s visa is on or before 1 April 2020 they must apply for a visa online before their current visa expires.

If a worker’s temporary visa expires between 2 April and 9 July 2020, it will automatically be extended to 25 September 2020. Immigration will advise visa holders by email before the end of Friday 3 April.

Extended visas can be verified using Visa Verification Service is on the INZ website

Visas expiring before 2nd April – Section 61 requests

Who: holders of expired visa before 2 April 2020 directly impacted by the COVID-19

How: send an email outlining their circumstances to s61@mbie.govt.nz

  • Personal details — full name, date of birth – and Immigration New Zealand (INZ) client number if known
  • A copy of the personal details page in the applicant’s passport.
  • Applicant contact details — email address, phone number and postal address
  • An explanation of the applicant’s circumstances
  • What type of visa the applicant would like — for example a visitor visa — and how long they believe they might be required to extend their stay in NZ.

Approved requests will be granted temporary visas valid at least until September 2020, in line with the S78 of the Immigration Act.

  1. Visa processing update
  • Immigration New Zealand offices
    – Visa processing offices in New Zealand are closed.
    – All INZ’s overseas offices are closed.
    – Head Office in Wellington is operating with small number of staffs for priority applications.
  • INZ priorities

– Responding to Government priorities around border measures has been their immediate priority. Head Office             in Wellington’s priority is dealing with any COVID-19 requests.

– Responses are being prioritised based on the direction of Government for exceptional cases.

– Section 61 requests and temporary visa holders who expire on or before 1 April 2020 are prioritise

  • Submitted Application

– Except for priorities, No visa applications are being processed at this time.  It is logical to assume that these applications will be held until the Immigration offices re-open.

  • Online Applications– Online applications for temprary visas (work, visit, student) can still be submitted, however, expect processing delays.- Expression of Interest (EOI) under Skilled Migrant Category can still be lodged. There is no information that the fortnightly selection will be stopped. Though expect delays in the issuance of Invitation to Apply (ITA).

 

  • Paper Applications

– Paper applications for residence or variation of visa conditions (VOC) can still be submitted, however, this will not be received or entered into the system for allocation and processing. It is unclear at this time, whether Immigration will consider it to have been lodged on the date received by the postal office.

For more information you may refer to – https://www.immigration.govt.nz/…/visa-conditions-epidemic-….

 

Sheila Hernandez
IAAA 201700443

www.sheilahernandez.net
admin@sdhvisa.com
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Teachers Wanted in New Zealand

In New Zealand(NZ), there is currenly a high demand for Teachers.  It is included in the Imigration list of Regional Skill Shortage List which NZ identified as one of the occupations with shortage of skilled workers.

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South Island contribution visa

South Island Contribution Visa – One off Opportunity

This is it! the long awaited immigration opportunity that should not be missed.  Find out why???

What is the South Island Contribution Visa?

This is a new visa type announced by the government on 19 April 2017.  It is a one-off opportunity for long-term, low-skilled temporary migrants in the South Island to apply for residence visa, who would have been unlikely to gain residence visa under the existing residence pathways.Continue reading

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Change to VAC location in Manila and Cebu, the Philippines

Source: www.immigration.govt.nz
Tuesday, March 22, 2016

On 30 April 2016, the existing Visa Information and Application Centres (VIAs) in Manila and Cebu, which are operated by PIASI, will cease the provision of services on behalf of Immigration New Zealand (INZ).

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2016 New Zealand Working Holiday Visa opens on 5/Feb/2016

Working Holiday Visa passportThe easiest pathway to New Zealand will again open on February 5, 2016. Under this scheme, 100 slots are available annually for young Filipinos wanting to stay in New Zealand for up to 12 months.

Requirements

  • 18-30 yrs old
  • Tertiary qualification of at least three years’ full-time university study
  • Meet health and character requirements

              Chest X-ray certificate

  •  for the length of your stay
  • English Proficiency

            Letter from University that language used was all in English, or
            International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 4.5 average score in four moduleContinue reading

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