Border exemptions for some skilled workers seems like a quick fix, but with no clear plan, it could be a disaster. Read immigration lawyer Aaron Martin’s opinion on the latest announcement from INZ.
Immigration New Zealand as announced that the Expression of Interest (EOI) Selection Process for the Skilled Migrant Category has been put on hold for 6 more months.
The Immigration New Zealand website is stating that everyone who has a visa (including interim and Limited Visas) is due to expire between now and 1 April needs to immediately apply for a new visa using the online system.
People may currently be unable to leave the country due to restricted airline services, other countries preventing arrivals, and a deteriorating position internationally.
We need to consider the impact of this crisis on migrant workers and think about what provision we can make to protect our skilled labour pool into the future.
Potential migrants to New Zealand should act fast to apply for visas as New Zealand closes its borders to migrants from countries with outbreaks of the deadly COVID-19 virus.