Trusthaven Immigration Services

We are a team of Licensed Immigration Advisers who are dedicated and committed to the migrant community in New Zealand and the employers who hire migrant workers.

We have a combined experience of more than 22 years in the immigration industry.

The New One-off 2021 Resident Visa

A new one-off residence pathway means a large number of work visa holders will be able to remain in New Zealand permanently.

The 2021 Resident Visa recognizes the immense contribution migrants have made to New Zealand during COVID-19 and the uncertainty they’ve faced with closed borders and necessary changes to immigration settings.

It will also allow employers to retain settled, skilled and scarce migrant workers, reflecting their critical part in New Zealand’s economy.

It will be available to those who have already submitted a resident visa applications under the Skilled Migrant Category (SMC) and Residence from Work (RfW) category and those who have submitted an SMC Expression of Interest, as well as many other work visa holders who may not have been eligible through the current skilled residence pathways.

Walking the Dog

Employer Accreditation becomes mandatory in New Zealand

The Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) is a new temporary work visa being introduced on 4 July 2022 which will replace 6 work visas:

  • Essential Skills Work Visa

  • Essential Skills Work Visa — approved in principle

  • Talent (Accredited Employer) Work Visa 

  • Long Term Skill Shortage List Work Visa 

  • Silver Fern Job Search Visa 

  • Silver Fern Practical Experience Visa 

Employers must be accredited to hire migrant workers on an AEWV.

All accreditation types have the same minimum requirements, and for most employers, accreditation will be simple and not require a lot of documentation. Some business models will need to meet additional requirements.

Different Accreditation types:

  • Standard Accreditation

  • High-Volume Accreditation

  • Accreditation for employers placing migrants with controlling third parties

  • Franchisee accreditation


Reopening the NZ border


Who can travel to NZ now

You can travel to New Zealand now if you are:

  • a New Zealand citizen

  • a New Zealand permanent resident or resident visa holder

  • the partner or dependent child of a New Zealand citizen or resident, and you hold a visa based on this relationship

  • an Australian citizen or permanent resident visa holder

  • a working holiday visa holder

  • a work visa holder and you still meet the visa conditions

  • a student visa holder and you still meet the visa conditions

  • a visitor visa holder

  • a visa waiver traveller who holds a New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA)

  • someone who met a critical purpose reason to travel and was granted a visa as an exception to the border restrictions

  • a transit visa holder.

Reopening the NZ border


Critical purpose reasons to travel


You can travel to New Zealand while the border is closed if one of these critical purpose reasons applies to you.

  • Partners and dependent children of temporary visa holders who are teachers

  • Nationally significant travel re-entry permissions

  • Official visits and diplomatic reunions

  • Partners and dependent children of temporary visa holders 

  • Partners who are Australian citizens or permanent residents

  • Partners from visa-waiver countries

  • Family members of New Zealand citizens or residents who do not hold relationship-based visas

  • Normally resident work visa holders

  • Critical health workers. These are:

    • registered health practitioners as set out in the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003​

    • internationally qualified nurses who:

      • are invited to come to New Zealand by the Nursing Council of New Zealand, and

      • are enrolled in a Competence Assessment Programme

    • a worker that installs, operates or maintains medical equipment

    • paramedics and ambulance workers (including air and road)

    • technical and support staff working in:

      • theatre

      • laboratory

      • radiology

      • pharmacy services

      • cardiology blood service

      • nuclear medicine

      • oncology

      • haematology

      • pathology

      • hyperbaric medicine

      • mortuary

      • research staff

    • workers delivering mental health and addictions services, aged care, respite, home care and support, child health, palliative and hospice care, forensic health, and disability support,

    • Physician Associates

  • Other Critical Workers - If you are an employer or a supporting agency, you can request to bring workers into New Zealand based on them being ‘other critical workers’.

Border exception for other critical workers

  • Travel to and from Pacific Islands

  • Compassionate entry

  • Entry for students

Study in New Zealand

  • Ship Crew

  • Nominated for entry under the Global Impact Visa scheme




“This is just to say thank you very much for assisting us with our visas. All your help is much appreciated. You were always willing to help us no matter what. We couldn't have done this without your help!!!”

The Viljoen family