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Immigration Update

12 June 2020

Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, Immigration and particularly the ability to enter New Zealand – is now profoundly different. Some in our industry expect the closure of our borders to remain in place for at least the next 12 months.

Only New Zealand residents and citizens (and their children and partners) are permitted to enter New Zealand.

There will be some exceptions, on a case by case basis, for example for essential health workers, humanitarian reasons, and others.

The New Zealand Government’s epidemic management notice relating to immigration matters is in effect from Thursday 2 April 2020. Holders of a work, student, visitor, limited or interim visa with an expiry date of 2 April to 9 July 2020 inclusive who were in New Zealand on 2 April 2020 will have their visas automatically extended to 25 September 2020. Confirmation of extensions will be emailed to all visa holders.

If your visa has been extended you should have received a confirmation email from Immigration New Zealand.

We recommend you confirm your visa expiry date by checking the Visa Verification Service on the Immigration New Zealand website or contact us for help.

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