On 30 April 2021, the New Zealand Government is introducing an exception to the border restrictions for the families of some temporary visa holders in New Zealand. This border exception is for the following three groups:
To be eligible for the new border exception, the person currently in New Zealand must have 12 months or more remaining on their visa.
The requirements vary for each group.
Partners and dependent children of temporary visa holders.
Partners and dependent children of temporary visa holders who are currently outside New Zealand may be eligible to travel to New Zealand under this border exception category, which will come into effect on 30 April 2021. The border exception is for these three groups:
To be eligible to enter New Zealand, partners or dependent children outside of New Zealand must hold a current visa based on their relationship to the person in New Zealand. The partner or parent must be currently in New Zealand and have 12 months or more remaining on their work or student visa when the request to travel is submitted.
Partners and dependent children of workers employed in critical health services.
To be eligible, you must:
Your visa application must include, evidence of your relationship with the primary visa holder. Evidence can include, but is not limited to:
Partners and dependent children of highly-skilled workers.
To be eligible to enter New Zealand, you must:
If your request is successful, you will be invited to apply for a visa. Your visa application must provide evidence of your relationship with your partner or parent who is in New Zealand.
This evidence can include, but is not limited to: