Last December, The Minister of Immigration has extended a number of temporary visas by Special Direction in order to retain the onshore migrant workforce given the limited number of migrants able to enter New Zealand due to the border closure.
Then late January 2021, media wrote an article that the partner and children will not get the automatic extension and the email was an error. Check the article here. Therefore there would have been some confusion about the extension.
Simon Park, the CEO of Immigration Trust, communicated with INZ to clarify the issues below.
1. If you received the your visa expiry email from INZ, even though you received an email that your visa will be extended.
According to INZ, "the email’s that are going out to clients that their visa is due to expire cannot be turned off. It is automated from the system".
2. Confusion about the partner and children's visas extension.
According to INZ, "If the main applicants work visa is extended and the partner and children were in New Zealand on 01/01/2021 and hold visas dependent on the main work visa holder, then their visas will also be extended for 6 months."
3. When will I get the visa extension letter?
According to INZ, "The confirmation letters that the visa’s have been extended will not be sent out until March 2021."