On 24 November, the Government indicated that:
The Minister of Immigration will report back to the Reconnecting New Zealanders Ministerial Group in December with proposals for staging and phasing the re-opening of visa categories and options for visa processing priorities for reopening the third step.
Under the reconnecting approach, the intent is that the entry pathways would remain stable, unless there are significant changes in the COVID-19 situation, such as a major new variant of concern or overwhelming pressure on our health system due to increasing case numbers.
More information about when international students will be able to return to New Zealand without staying in MIQ will be available in early 2022 once the Government has made decisions on the phasing of step three.
Until then the current border settings will remain in place.