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Six-month extension for employer-assisted work visas: the nitty-gritty

In what is widely thought to be the final act of this nature, the New Zealand Government announced, on 7 July 2020, that it will automatically be extending employer-assisted work visas expiring between 10 July 2020 and 31 December 2020, for a period of six months from the date of expiry.

As with any Government announcement of this nature, there will be winners and losers, but the key for both employers and migrant workers alike is to understand the difference that application timings may have on the outcome and plan accordingly.

The following employer-assisted work visas will be automatically extended:

  • Essential Skills work visa
  • Work to Residence visas
  • Special and Skilled work visas for China, Indonesia, South Korea, Philippines and Vietnam
  • Special category work visas for Japanese Interpreters and Thai Chefs
  • Work visas granted under section 61 of the Immigration Act 2009 that specify an employer

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