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Immigration Central: New Zealand’s revised Partner of a Worker Work Visa will be effective from May 31

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New Zealand has revised conditions for work visa of those who wish to accompany or visit their partner who holds an Accredited Employer Work Visa or Essential Skills Work Visa.

From May 31, 2023, partners of New Zealand’s Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) and Essential Skills Work Visa (ESWV) holders who apply for a new Partner of a Worker Work Visa may have new work conditions in the visa. These changes are part of the government’s plan to rebalance the immigration system to support a higher-productivity, higher-wage economy. This change, however, will not affect the partner’s current work visa.

The changes do not affect current work visa conditions or people who apply before May 31, 2023. These conditions will only be applied to new applications. There are no changes to visa conditions for partners of those holding other work visas (such as a Post Study Work Visa).

Some Work visa holders are not eligible to support applications for this visa. From May 31, 2023, you can check the eligible categories as well as list of accredited employers on the official website of New Zealand immigration.

What is a Partner of a Worker Work Visa?

The visa fee is NZD 700 (around Rs 36,330) and the average processing time is 49 days.These exceptions include migrants who did not meet these requirements when they received their visa, but have since met them through a pay increase or their role being added to the Green List. Evidence of eligibility will be needed as part of the Partner of a Worker Work Visa application, or through a Variation of Conditions request.

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