Good News for partners, dependents and RSE workers

The Government has made short term changes to visa settings that will assist two more groups of migrants already in New Zealand to stay lawfully.

  1. Employer-assisted work visa extension aligned for partners and dependants

We will apply the same expiry date extension of employer-assisted work visas made in July 2020 to the partners and dependants of the principal visa holder if their visa is expiring from 17 August to 31 December 2020.

An email notification from Immigration New Zealand will be sent out confirming the visa extension by Tuesday 25 August.

NOTE: The extension does not apply if you have a new visa application and have been granted an interim visa. One may withdraw their application request a refund. Refunds are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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2. Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) Worker visa extension
Immigration New Zealand will extend Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme visas for six months for those expiring from 18 August to 31 December 2020. This allows workers the opportunity to stay and work in New Zealand and give employers more certainty about worker availability for the coming season.

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