Announced Friday, 31 July 2020
IMMIGRATION HAVE ANNOUNCED FURTHER CHANGES DUE TO THE CONTINUED EFFECTS OF COVDI-19. THESE CHANGES CAME INTO EFFECT FROM 10TH AUGUST 2020 AND ARE AS BELOW:
“From 10 August 2020 Immigration New Zealand will be charging fees for border exception Expressions of Interest (EOIs), and temporarily suspending overseas visa applications.
Border exception Expression of Interest (EOI) requests now incur fees
From 10 August 2020, we will be introducing fees for all border exception EOI requests.
The fees are:
NZD $380 for employers who request exceptions for ‘other critical workers’ (or organisations or agencies that sponsor requests), and
NZD $45 for individual requests under all critical purpose categories.
Over the last few months, Immigration New Zealand (INZ) has received more than 27,000 EOI border exception requests and around 5,400 visa applications from people invited to apply. While these requests have been free of charge it is not feasible to continue to process border exceptions and requests for visa applications free of charge. We must start charging a fee that covers processing costs.
You must pay the fee when you submit the EOI form online.
Employers will be able to make requests for an exception for ‘other critical workers’ online, replacing the existing manual process.
Temporary visa suspensions for overseas applicants
From 10 August, people outside of New Zealand will not be able to apply for temporary visas for 3 months.
The following offshore temporary entry class visa applications are not affected:
relationship-based visas for partners and dependent children of New Zealand citizens and residents
visas for diplomatic, consular, and official staff and accompanying dependants
Antarctic Traveller Visitor visas and Antarctic Work visas
Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) Limited visas.
Since the border closure, we have not been processing visas for overseas applicants unless they meet the strict border exception criteria. This is because legally INZ is unable to grant visas to people who are unlikely to meet entry requirements. However, people have continued to submit visa applications expecting their applications to be processed.
Temporarily suspending visa applications means:
we will be in a better place to process new applications when border restrictions change, and
applicants will not lose money on paying for applications that cannot be processed at this time.
This suspension does not apply to residence class visa applications as these applications take longer to process and may be less impacted by border restrictions.
If you intend to apply for a temporary class visa, do not undergo a medical examination unless you have been advised to do so by Immigration New Zealand.”
IF YOU THINK YOU MAY BE AFFECTED BY THESE CHANGES OR NEED HELP, PLEASE CONTACT EITHER DOREEN ON DOREEN@NZIMMIGRATION.NET OR TIM ON TIM@NZIMMIGRATION.NET
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