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

Published: 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.

The Government is:

  • Extending temporary work visas due to expire by the end of 2020 by 6 months (16,500 workers)
  • Shifting the stand down by 6 months to February 2021 (600 workers)

New low-skilled work visas will only be granted for six instead of 12 months as our priority is to preserve and prioritise future job opportunities for New Zealanders and give the system more flexibility to respond to labour market developments.

Read the media release on the Beehive website(external link)

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