Immigration Updates

August 12, 2021

Partners and Dependent Children of Workers

Effective from 5 August 2021, the following changes to immigration policies have been made for Partners and Dependent children of Essential Work Visa holder ONLY; as well as RSE applicants:

  1. partners and dependent children who are applying for a visa based on their relationship to an Essential Skills work visa holder or applicant, DO NOT have to provide police or medical certificates if they have provided these certificates with a previous visa application;
  2. Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) applicants, who have been working in New Zealand for a sustained period due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, DO NOT have provide police certificates with their visa application.

NOTE: Up to 29 August 2021, visa applications should be made using the updated paper form (INZ 1198, INZ 1012 or INZ 1017). From 30 August 2021 applications can be made online.

Source: Amendment Circular 2021-34

July 8, 2021

Refunding fees – offshore applications

The Minister of Immigration has agreed to lapse visa applications that cannot be approved due to the border restrictions. Immigration New Zealand will refund application fees and levies for applications being lapsed. Immigration New Zealand will refund and return temporary visa applications received from people OUTSIDE New Zealand who lodged applications before and after 10 August 2020, when offshore processing was suspended.

Immigration New Zealand currently has about 50,000 temporary visa applications on hand that will be refunded. These are mainly visitor, student and work visa applications.

Most applicants felt it was criminal of Immigration New Zealand to allow [offshore visas lodgement] and accept visa fees and “do nothing” with these applications. In our opinion, the immigration system was not equipped to handle the anomaly stop visa applications from being lodged. There was also a hope border restrictions would have been lifted by December 2020.

For further details on the refund process, read here

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