We know some farmers have been frustrated by delays to paper based visa applications due to ImmigrationNZ staff not been in offices during Covid-19 Alert Level 4 and 3 lockdown. Some staff are now in most offices processing priority temporary visa applications and are backdating applications.
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Latest visa information
The visa process varies depending on the type of vacancy and applicant you have. Visas are classed as short or long term and have their own criteria and wage expectations.
Immigration changes due to Covid
Keep up to date with changes and current immigration policy due to Covid
Employing migrant workers during Covid
Information for employers on employing migrants during Covid
Existing visa holders
For migrants already in NZ, or employers wanting to know about visa extensions, etc. up-to-date visa information.
Skills match reports
To support a work visa application, you may need a Skills Match Report from MSD
It is worth considering using a licensed immigration adviser to assist with the application process. It can save time and money by getting the application right the first time. Advice can only be given by licensed immigration advisers, lawyers, MPs and their staff. The government immigration website has more information on giving immigration advice.
Helping migrant staff settle
After all the cost and effort involved in getting migrant workers here, it makes sense to do all you can to help them settle and thrive. Immigration New Zealand has excellent resources for supporting your migrant staff.