Border restrictions exception category for some work visa holders with ongoing employment connection to New Zealand open.

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NORMALLY RESIDENT WORK VISA HOLDERS

ISSUED: FRIDAY 09 OCTOBER 2020 / 10:20 AM NZDT

Border restrictions exception category for some work visa holders with ongoing employment connection to New Zealand open.

Only those who departed New Zealand between 1 December 2019 and 9 October 2020 and held an Essential Skills Work Visa based on mid or higher-skilled employment or assessed as at or above the medium wage, a Work to Residence Visa or an Entrepreneur Work Visa when they left are eligible to request entry as a work visa holder who normally lives and works in New Zealand.

Applicants must be able to show they have the same job (complying with their existing visa conditions) or continue to operate a business here.