New Zealand

Offshore Applicants

The processing of residence visa applications has stopped for the time being.

Of the number received 20,922 EOIs, 4,029 meet the criteria for boarder exemption and have been invited to apply for a visa.

If you have already submitted a residence application, it will remain in the queue and be processed once the border restrictions have been lifted.

If you have not submitted a visa application but wish to, you still can. However, Immigration New Zealand suggests that most applications will not meet the criteria and are unlikely to be processed at this time.

If you have been granted a border exception, a visa application can still be submitted. Again, due to stricter border restrictions exceptions are unlikely to be granted in this instance.

Onshore Applicants

GHS has successfully arranged visa extensions to ensure that our international recruits can travel. This is an everchanging situation so please contact ghs@globalhealth.com.au for more information.

Visit Immigration New Zealand for additional details.


Student Visa Holders

Certain student visa holders may be permitted to work more than 40 hours a fortnight if;

  • They are employed in the health sector.
  • Enrolled in a health-related course (nursing or medicine).
  • They are employed by an approved provider or Commonwealth-funded aged care service provider.
  • They are employed by a registered National Disability Insurance Scheme provider.

For more information see Temporary relaxation of working hours for student visa holdershttps://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/student-500/temporary-relaxation-of-working-hours-for-student-visa-holders

Working Holiday Maker Visa Holders

Working holiday makers in the agriculture, food processing, health care, aged care, disability care and child-care industries can now work longer than six months with a single employer and will not be in breach of the 8547 Visa Condition.

A Working Holiday Maker (WHM) visa will not be extended but you can apply for a 2nd or 3rd WHM visa. See specified work conditionshttps://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/what-we-do/whm-program/specified-work-conditions for more information.

WHM visa holders working in the critical sector, who are not eligible for a 2nd or 3rd WHM visa, with a visa that expires in 28 days or less and cannot return home, may apply for a Temporary Activity Visa (subclass 408) Australian Government Endorsed Agreement Event stream (COVID-19 Pandemic event visa)

Please see https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/temporary-activity-408/australian-government-endorsed-events-covid-19 for additional information.


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