The Recovery Visa, set up in February for the initial urgent clean-up and emergency response to the January and February 2023 extreme weather events, is now closed to new applications.
Existing visa holders already in New Zealand will be able to apply for a three-month extension to the Recovery Visa from 23 September, to give them time to transition to longer term work visas if desired.
INZ will contact visa holders as their visas approach expiry to inform them of their options. Eligible visa holders can apply for the extension using the existing online form for the Specific Purpose Recovery Visa. If an application is still under assessment when a Recovery Visa holder’s current visa expires, INZ may grant them an interim visa.
Recovery Visa holders who can apply for an extension can continue working on an interim visa if INZ grants them one.