New Zealand

New Zealand is slowly starting to re-open its borders in the spring of 2022. From 1 May, tourists from visa waiver countries will be welcome again. Migrants who have previously obtained a visa can also travel to New Zealand again without having to quarantine.

INZ Visa Processing in 2022

INZ has processed a limited number of visa applications in the past two years. The focus has been on visa applications from people who were onshore in New Zealand. For applicants living offshore, only applications from people eligible for a border exception were assessed. A number of visa categories have even come to a complete standstill, such as the Skilled Migrant Category.

New Zealand will also gradually start to reopen for migrants who first need to apply for a visa:

  • The Working Holiday programme has opened again for a significant number of nationalities on 14 March 2022. Additional nationalities will be added between May and September 2022.
  • Employer Assisted Work Visa – from July 2022 this new visa category will be introduced to replace a number of other visa categories such as the Essential Skills and Work to Residence categories.
  • The Skilled Migrant Programme is currently closed.
  • The Entrepreneur Work Visa programme is still closed for offshore applicants.
  • Investor 1 and Investor 2 programmes are open for offshore applicants, but processing times are very long.

Please contact Marcel Booiman, Licensed Immigration Adviser at VisaVersa, to discuss your questions concerning a visa for New Zealand.