NEW ZEALAND: Immigration Updates

September 30, 2022

Newland Chase brings you a summary of the recent changes in New Zealand.

Removal of Vaccination Requirement for Entry

New Zealand has removed the requirement to be vaccinated to be able to travel to the country as of 12 September 2022 at 11:59 pm.

Faster Processing Time for Offshore Applicants

With the New Zealand borders now open, the authorities expect to clear a backlog of applications.  Sending of physical passports to a visa application center is temporarily removed to streamline the review of applications even though applicants may still receive an automated email request to complete the process. This temporary removal of this requirement will help process applications faster. Applicants should still keep a look out for non-automated emails from officers regarding additional requests.

Partners of Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV)

From December 2022, partners of AEWV holders will no longer be able to work in New Zealand unless the following exemptions apply:

  • AEWV holder meets the Green List requirements; or
  • AEWV holder has a salary twice the current median salary (NZD 55.52 per hour)

Open Partnership Work Visa can no longer be supported by AEWV holders who don’t meet the exemptions once this change takes effect.

As always, don’t hesitate to reach out to your Newland Chase dedicated contact or submit an inquiry here should you have any specific questions regarding this announcement.

This immigration update is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for legal or scenario-specific advice. Furthermore, it is important to note that immigration announcements are subject to sudden and unexpected changes. Readers are encouraged to reach out to Newland Chase for any case- or company-specific assessments.