INZ update on family violence visa applications.
INZ have two special visa categories for victims of family violence – a temporary work visa and a resident visa.
1. Victims of Family Violence Resident Visa: https://www.immigration.govt.nz/…/victims-family-violence-r…
2. Victims of Family Violence Work Visa: https://www.immigration.govt.nz/…/victims-family-violence-w…
NOTE: Visa processing under COVID-19. All INZ offices are currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While some staff are working remotely, visa processing capacity is currently limited.
How to make New Zealand visa applications during the 4-week country lock-down
All Immigration New Zealand processing centres in New Zealand will be closing as of tomorrow, with only a few staff working remotely.
There will be process delays for both online and paper-based applications currently lodged or [in the process of being] lodged to them.
There will be no distinction between temporary visa or a resident visa applications as these applications will be placed on HOLD most likely the entire lockdown period.
It is advisable to use the online system for ALL temporary visa applications as these applications can be transferred remotely to offshore processing offices (such as Beijing which is likely to come back on line in a few weeks).
Epidemic Management Notice
This will see all temporary visa holders (work, student, visitor, interim and limited) expiring from 02 April 2020 and 9 July 2020 (inclusive), automatically have their visas extended to 25 September 2020.
However, those people whose temporary visas (work, student, visitor, interim and limited) are expiring between now and o1 April 2020, are expected to apply for new visas using the online system. This will grant them a 6-month interim visa [while the decision is been made] on the temporary visa. It is VERY important that these visa holders remain lawful at all times.
NZQA will also be closing tomorrow at 13.30. Staff will be working remotely and endeavour to meet their committed timelines. You can review your application through the NZQA portal.
- Remuneration threshold changes for Skilled Migrant Category and Essential Skills Work Visa Holders – effective 26 November 2018
- Post-study work rights for international students – effective 26 November 2018
- New Immigration New Zealand Visa Fees – effective 5 November 2018
- Minimum Income Threshold changes to Samoan quota scheme, Essential skills and Religious workers, and Tier One Parent Category – 31 May 2018
- Seasonal Labour Shortage – Bay of Plenty – 7 May 2018
- 3 Day Processing for Indian Visitor Visas – 3 May 2018
- Remuneration Threshold – Changes to the Skilled Migrant and Essential Skills policy – effective 15 January 2018
- Part 2 – Tom and Sophia’s Journey
- Essential Skills in Demand List – Effective February 2018
If you have concerns on your current work visa status or would like to talk to us about your pathway to residence, feel free to contact us.