New Zealand (NZ) has moved to Alert Level 2 and Immigration New Zealand (INZ) has resumed the processing of both residence and temporary entry visa applications. Strict priorities continue to apply, but this is a step forward.
Priority order for visa processing
Immigration officers will process visas as follows, in the date order they are received by INZ.
Residence class visas
First priority will be given to applicants already in NZ with a job offer where:
Temporary entry class visas
First priority will be given to:
Second priority will be given to residence and temporary entry class visa applications where applicants are not already in NZ.
As NZ moves through the different alert levels, INZ's ability to process visas will continue to increase. Applicants are encouraged to apply for visas, but for the time being priority will be given to those already in NZ.
We will keep you updated of further changes.
Please get in touch if you have any questions.