Here are the latest updates from INZ:
Primary sector border exceptions
As previously announced in July, the final steps of the Reconnecting New Zealanders Strategy have been brought forward, allowing Immigration New Zealand to phase out the border exceptions system.
Expressions of interest (EOIs) for most primary sector class exceptions close at 23:59 (NZST) on 1 September 2022. EOIs in draft cannot be submitted after this date.
EOIs for deep-sea fishing crew class exceptions will close at 23:59 (NZST) on 30 October 2022, unless the cap is filled sooner. EOIs in draft cannot be submitted after this date.
Seafood processing workers
The cap for the seafood processing workers border exception has been increased from 200 to 300 workers. Employers can submit an EOI for the seafood processing workers class exception until the cap is filled or sector agreements come into effect, whichever is soonest.
The final entry dates for some deep-sea fishing crew have been updated to 31 May 2023.
As previously announced, during the transition back to standard visa processing there will be parallel entry pathways for workers:
Invitation to Apply timeframe reduced
The timeframe for those invited to apply for most border exceptions has been reduced from four months to two. This will support the transition back to usual visa processing.
The timeframe to apply for those who submitted an EOI before 8 July remains four months.