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Seasonal work visa available to more people 24 September 2020

The Government is putting in place a range of immigration policy changes to help fill labour shortages in the horticulture and viticulture industries while ensuring New Zealanders, who have lost jobs due to COVID-19, have the chance to find new employment.

More border exceptions for critical roles 24 September 2020

The Government has established class exceptions for border entry for a limited number of veterinarians, deep sea fishing crew, as well as agricultural and horticultural machinery operators.

New border exception for normally resident work visa holders 10 September 2020

The Government is creating a new border exception category to enable the return of some temporary work visa holders who are overseas and have strong, ongoing links to New Zealand

Border changes to help reunite New Zealanders with their loved ones 10 September 2020

The Government is making changes to current border exception rules to allow some partners of New Zealand citizens and residents to be able to reunite in New Zealand.

Addressing temporary migrant worker exploitation 27 July 2020

A range of policy, legislative and operational changes will be made over the coming years to address temporary migrant worker exploitation in New Zealand.

Supporting stranded seasonal workers to keep working with more flexible options 09 July 2020

Recognised Seasonal Employers and migrant seasonal workers stranded in New Zealand will be able to continue working and supporting themselves with more flexible hours and roles.

Relief for temporary migrants, employers and New Zealanders who need work 09 July 2020

The Government is making immediate short-term changes to visa settings to support temporary migrants already onshore in New Zealand and their employers, while also ensuring New Zealanders needing work are prioritised.

Pragmatic changes to Immigration Act to respond to COVID-19 passed 14 May 2020

Parliament has today passed legislation to ensure that the Government can respond quickly, appropriately and efficiently to immigration issues arising from the COVID-19 outbreak.