Message from Immigration NZ for those on work visas and international student visas
Relaxing visa conditions
The Government has agreed to relax visa conditions for a short period to allow temporary migrants and international students to further assist with our essential services during the COVID-19 response.
This decision – which comes into effect tomorrow – will help businesses better respond to changed circumstances and enable continuity of essential services while New Zealand remains at Alert Level 3 or 4 and also enable temporary migrants and international students to move into the aged care workforce.
Temporary migrants already employed in essential services will be able to vary their hours and be redeployed to do other roles within their current workplaces. They can also do their current role in different workplaces to help essential businesses keep operating while New Zealand remains at Alert Level 3 or 4 and six weeks after that.
International students who are already employed in an essential services role will be able to work longer hours while New Zealand remains at Alert Level 3 or 4 and for six weeks following. Students who are employed in an essential services role and wish to work more than 20 hours must still meet their study requirements and should discuss their plans with their education provider.
It is anticipated this will help employers in essential industries to maintain their labour pool as we understand hiring would be very difficult while New Zealand remains at Alert Level 3 or 4. The six week period following a reduction in the New Zealand Alert Level to Level 2 or below will enable employers to recruit local staff or retrain existing staff to meet changes in demand.
Any amendment to an employee’s conditions of work must be compliant with normal New Zealand employment law and the individual or collective employment agreement relevant to the employee.
Businesses that are considered essential to support New Zealand during Alert Level 3 or 4 can be found on MBIE’s home or MBIE’s information for essential sectors.
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