Regarding to boarding reopening. I am now in China and came back here in Aug last year. I am holding an open-work visa

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Customer: I am now in China and came back here in Aug last year. I am holding an open-work visa which is still valid. My question is when could I go back to New Zealand based on reopening boarding policy~ many thnaks
JA: What steps have you taken so far?
Customer: I bought a ticket to New Zealand on first of May, that's all
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Customer: I came to New Zealand in Apr 2018 to study for my master's program and I stayed till Aug 2021 which is 3year and a half years. If I could go back to New Zealand, is there any possibility to apply for the one-off resident visa?
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Hi My name is ***** ***** I am a New Zealand lawyer based in Wellington with more than 42 years of experience. I am here to help with your questions.
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2021 Resident Visa application process

The 2021 Resident visa will be open for applications in two phases, with the first group of people able to apply from 1 December 2021.

From 1 December 2021 you can apply if:

  • you have already applied for residence under the Skilled Migrant or Residence from Work categories on or before 29 September 2021, or
  • you have submitted a Skilled Migrant Category Expression of Interest, and have included your dependent child in the Expression of Interest aged 17 years or older on 29 September 2021.

Apply now for Phase 1

From 1 March 2022 all other eligible applicants can apply, including all others who have submitted a Skilled Migrant Category Expression of Interest.

All applications must be made by 31 July 2022.

Applications can only be submitted online.

As part of the online application process, Phase one applicants must enter their Skilled Migrant Category, Residence from Work application or Expression of Interest number before they can proceed with their application. The application number can only be used for one application.

Video — 2021 Resident Visa Phase One

2021 Resident Visa application checklist PDF 630KB

If you are eligible to apply from 1 December 2021 you will receive an email from Immigration New Zealand by the end of October with more information.

Customer
do I need to repeat my situation and questions?
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No, I have posted the requirements but I do not think you are eligible

Customer
is there no any exeptional situation that I can apply for ?
Customer
sorry, I am now in China, not convenient to use international call
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Chris The Lawyer, Expert

Dont worry about the phone call

Customer
ok, my another question is the boarding restriction
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If you have skills in the skill shortage list that would help

Customer
I saw the reopening policy
Customer
but I don't have any skills on the lists
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Chris The Lawyer, Expert

Then it is unlikely you can get a work visa

Customer
by this circumstance, when I could go back to NZ
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The borders are opening in May for the vaccinated people

Customer
I am fully vacicinated, so I could get into NZ May?
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If you have a valid visa you could travel here then

Customer
I saw there are five steps for reopening boarde, and I was confused which steps I should belong to
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STEP 3From 11:59 pm, Tuesday 12 April 2022

  • Open to current offshore temporary visa holders, who can still meet the relevant visa requirements,
  • Open to up to 5000 international students for semester two
  • Further class exceptions for critical workforces that do not meet the 1.5 times the median wage test will be considered
STEP 4By July 2022
  • Open to anyone from Australia
  • Open for visa-waiver travel
  • The Accredited Employer Work Visa will open, meaning the skilled and health worker border exception can be phased out
STEP 5October 2022
  • Border fully reopens to visitors from anywhere in the world, and all visa categories fully reopen.

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If you dont have a current visa then you are at Step 5

Customer
I have a valid open-work visa, so I belong to step 3
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Chris The Lawyer, Expert

That appears to be correct

Customer
is there totally no possibility for me to apply for one-off visa if I go back to NZ in Apr?
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Chris The Lawyer, Expert

No

Customer
Ok, thanks~
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Keep looking as the requirements are under change and it may become easier

Customer
Got it, Thank you for your help, Many thanks~
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It is a constantly moving situation so keep looking

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You would need to contact***@******.***

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