The New Zealand Immigration has automatically extending current onshore visitor visas that are due to expire between 4 September and the end of October 2020 by five months. Some visitor visa categories will not be extended such as; 1. Critical purpose visa holders, 2. Guardians of students, and 3. Partners or dependents linked to a work visa holder whose visa was extended previously.
Immigration New Zealand will contact all those eligible for the extension by mid-September.
COVID-19 Short-term Visitor Visa
Immigration New Zealand has introduced a new two-month COVID-19 short-term visitor visa which will allow stranded temporary migrants more time to arrange their travel home. Temporary migrants can-not undertake employment while holding this visa.
According to Immigration New Zealand, the COVID-19 short-term visitor visa is intended to help people reaching the end of their current visitor, work, student or partnership visa who may not meet the criteria for another visa and need time to arrange travel home.
Individuals can apply for the COVID-19 short-term visitor visa from mid-September. They will need to pay a fee when applying.
Applicants must show they: • hold a valid passport • are of good character • have a genuine reason for remaining in New Zealand • cannot leave New Zealand now but will leave at the end of their stay.
Temporary migrants do not need to show they have: • enough money to support their stay in New Zealand • existing onward travel arrangements • good health • met any time-limits for how long they are able to stay in New Zealand on a visitor visa
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