Updates To Immigration Routes

Published date16 December 2022
Subject MatterImmigration, General Immigration, Work Visas
Law FirmEnvoy Global, Inc.
AuthorMr Jessie Butchley

Key Points

  • New Zealand introduced changes to several immigration routes including eligibility under the Straight to Residence Green List and the Specific Purpose Work Visa
  • New Zealand will extend accreditation permissions granted to employers who apply under the Accredited Employer Work Visa route prior to 4 July 2023


The government of New Zealand introduced several changes to various immigration routeson 12 December 2022. These changes include:

  • Effective 15 December 2022, registered nurses, midwives and medical doctors will be moved from the Work to Residence scheme to the Straight to Residence Green List pathway.
  • Additional work categories will be added to the Straight to Work Green List pathway beginning in March 2023.
  • Foreign nationals who previously held a Post Study Work Visa but were unable to use it due to border closures and pandemic restrictions will be eligible for a 12-month Open Work Visa if they are currently outside of New Zealand or do not hold another visa type.
  • Streamlined measures will be introduced for Specific Purpose Work Visa for foreign nationals...

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