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The New Border Exceptions Explained

The New Border Exceptions Explained

On 9 September 2020, the Minister of Immigration announced the decision to create a new border exception category for some work visa holders who have departed New Zealand. The immigration instructions were recently updated to reflect this announcement. In addition, Immigration New Zealand has also introduced instructions to include work visa holders who have been granted resident visas since departing New Zealand, but have not activated their resident visas by entering New Zealand, to make requests under this new border exception category. These instructions come into effect on 9 October 2020. This article will explain the process, the requirements, how to prove job retention, and how partners and dependent children are treated under this new border exception category.

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27 July 2020 Essential Skills Work Visa Changes Explained

27 July 2020 Essential Skills Work Visa Changes Explained

This article will explain the Essential Skills Work Visa changes that will come into effect on 27 July 2020. Immigration New Zealand will shift away from using ANZSCO codes to a New Zealand median wage-based classification system for Essential Skills Work Visas. Immigration New Zealand will reinstate the ability for lower-skilled/low-paid Essential Skills Work Visa holders to support their partners and/or child(ren).

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Covid-19 Labour Market Test Update Explained

Covid-19 Labour Market Test Update Explained

On 13 May 2020, Immigration New Zealand announced the new Covid-19 labour market test processing guidelines for immigration officers to follow. Now, immigration officers must be satisfied at the time of assessment that there are no suitable New Zealanders available. This means that immigration officers may request further information and evidence from the employer at the time of assessment.

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