Border exceptions for 'other critical workers'.

Requests for critical workers are considered on a case-by-case basis by Immigration New Zealand officials.

There are 3 categories, each with its own criteria, where you can bring employees into New Zealand:

  • worker needed for a short term role — less than 6 months in total

  • worker needed for a long term role — more than 6 months

  • worker for an approved class.

Holding an Essential Skills work visa is not enough to qualify as an ‘other critical worker’.

Applications for seasonal workers will generally not be approved by Immigration New Zealand.

Partners and dependants of other critical workers may be included in the request.

Requests are generally processed within 2 weeks.