Update & Current status

Update & Current status

Last updated 20 January, 2022 (We will continue to update this page with new information)

Current Status:

NZLC Auckland – Open.

NZLC Wellington – Open.

New Zealand Alert Level – New Zealand moved into the new traffic light system (the “Covid-19 Protection Framework”) at 11.59pm on Thursday, 2 December 2021. All regions of the country will be at “Orange” from 11.59pm on Monday 20 January 2022. In order to carry out classes onsite under this new framework, all students are required to show proof of vaccination.

• New Zealand Border – Closed. Recent changes to entry are as follows:

1. Pre-departure test requirement is 48 hours before travel.
2. Temporary change to the current length of stay at MIQ from 7 to 10 days.
3. The start of non-MIQ travel is pushed out until the end of February 2022 to slow Omicron’s spread.
4. The phased border re-opening will be revisited by the end of February.
5. All countries from the very high-risk country list have been removed.
6. More details on Omicron and the Government’s plan at www.covid19.govt.nz

• Onshore Visa Applications – Check the Immigration New Zealand website for details on visa extensions for onshore students.

• Offshore Visa Applications – Immigration New Zealand has outlined the below information concerning students who are outside of New Zealand.

  • Immigration New Zealand has suspended visa processing for temporary visas (e.g. visitor, work and student visas). As of 29 October 2021, the Government has extended this suspension to at least 5 August 2022. The suspension can be lifted if the border restrictions change. (Note, the above announcement about the opening of the NZ borders was made later on 25 November 2021 so a new announcement on the suspension may follow).
  • As the border is closed, students will not meet entry requirements and as a result, Immigration New Zealand are unable to process and make decisions on offshore applications. Immigration New Zealand will contact those who qualify for a refund for any visas applications that had been submitted and paid previously. Refer to the INZ refund page for details.
  • As INZ is unable to process offshore applications, any documents submitted to INZ in support of an application will quickly become out of date. When processing resumes, the applicant will face additional costs and effort to update essential information (such as chest x-rays which are required where there is a TB risk).
  • While INZ generally processes in date order, this is not always the case. A General Instruction can be issued that determines the order and manner of processing, and this may not be in date order. Applying now is not a guarantee that the application will be first in line when processing resumes. INZ will be processing according to the priorities set by the Government.

Please refer to the following website for full details and updates from New Zealand Immigration: https://www.immigration.govt.nz/about-us/covid-19/coronavirus-update-inz-response

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