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The impacts of Covid-19 on the New Zealand Immigration system and border have been significant and immigration policy and operational instructions have updated at a speed not seen before. Offshore temporary visa processing remains suspended in most cases and the New Zealand border remains closed unless you are exempt or have been granted a Border Exception. For the latest information on the current New Zealand immigration landscape, please feel free to contact us.

Immigration New Zealand intend to implement a new Employer Supported Work Visa framework from mid-2022. The framework was due to be implemented in 2021 but has since been deferred.

The new framework includes the replacement of six existing work visa streams with a single new Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) and the mandating of Employer Accreditation for employers who wish to support migrants with employer supported work visa applications.

The new framework will also mean a change to the work visa application process and the introduction of a three-step application process. The three steps or gateways are, the Employer Check, the Job Check and the Migrant Worker Check. You will find a detailed overview of the intended new framework in our article published on 7 May 2021.

Further detail will follow as operational policy is released.

Please refer to some of the articles below which relate to recent changes to be implemented or are currently being reviewed.

Confirmed Essential Skills Work visa changes
Summary of the confirmed changes to the Essential Skills work visa category, to take effect from 28 August 2017

Investor Visa Changes
Summary of changes to the Migrant Investor Program effective 22 May 2017

Review of Work Visas
Summary of the proposed changes to the Essential Skills work visa category - May 2017

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