- May 11, 2022
- Posted by: visasabroad
- Category: New Zealand
Wednesday, 11 May 2022, The Government has set a new timeline to reopen the border and connect New Zealand with the rest of the world. The New Zealand border will be fully reopened by July 31st, three months earlier than previously planned.
As entry to New Zealand from Pacific Island Forum countries is a priority Government priority, visitors from these countries will be able to apply for visas starting on 16th May. All work visa categories, including Accredited Employer Work Visas, will be available for application starting 4th July. Applications will also open for student and visitor visas beginning 31st July. On 31st July, the maritime border will reopen.
Additionally, all Work to Residence visa holders who arrived onshore on 9th June and were due to expire on or before 31 Dec have their visas extended by six months. Two-year open work visas granted to Essential Skills, Postgraduate Work, and Partner of New Zealander visa holders who arrived onshore on 9 Mai and are due to expire on or before 31 Dec.
The Government also announced changes to make it easier for high-skilled migrants to be hired and attract them. Some sectors will continue to shift away from lower-skilled workers.
The Immigration Rebalance Plan aims to improve working conditions and career opportunities for New Zealand and encourage businesses to increase productivity and resilience in line with our plans for economic recovery under COVID-19.