We had broken the news of the bill to be introduced to provide temporary visa powers to the New Zealand Government on May 4th, 2020.
Today, we bring better news for New Zealand migrants and visa seekers. Due to the country moving to COVID-19 Alert Level 2, which has also resulted in increased visa and immigration processing for the INZ (Immigration New Zealand), new general instructions have been issued to the immigration officers by the Deputy Chief Executive, Immigration on May 13th, 2020.
The following general instructions are effective from May 13th, 2020 for the order and manner of processing of visa applications under Government residence instructions:
1. You get first priority if you are already in New Zealand. The following categories get preference under this bracket:
2. You get second priority if you submit your residence class visa application while being outside New Zealand.
Note that in addition to the priorities set below, the visa applications will generally be picked up in the order they were submitted. Also, these immigration instructions do not stop the immigration officers from processing any specific visa application as per the emergency warranted by individual circumstances.
The previous section 26(4) general instructions of the Immigration Act 2009 are also revoked for these instructions.
1. You will get first priority for the following types and categories of temporary New Zealand visas:
2. You will get second priority if you have a valid visa but not currently in the country.
Professional Visa Solutions is a dedicated team of immigration experts serving all your New Zealand visa needs from their Auckland office. Our licensed immigration consultants understand the challenges you must be facing in these difficult times.
We are monitoring the COVID-19 developments closely and have our fingers on the latest New Zealand resident and temporary visa processing changes. Book a consultation to discuss your situation with our highly experienced and immensely qualified immigration advisers.