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Key Points

  • The government will resume processing offshore residence visa applications that were filed before March 2020


The government of New Zealand will resume processing offshore residence applications received before the border closure in March 2020. This will allow the processing of approximately 2,300 offshore residence applications filed before March 2020. Travelers who reside outside the country but already hold a residence visa will enter New Zealand so long as they adhere to the Air Border Order requirements. Some of these requirements include:

  • Holding a voucher for Managed Isolation
  • Undergoing quarantine upon arrival
  • Undertaking pre-departure COVID-19 testing

What are the Changes?

The government of New Zealand has already resumed processing applications filed within the country. However, this latest change to begin processing applications filed offshore will facilitate faster decisions once border restrictions are lifted.

Looking Ahead

Continue to check the government of New Zealand’s website for additional updates and information.

Source: New Zealand Immigration

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