Alert Level 3 – Auckland

Due to Auckland entering Alert Level 3 please note until further notice the TDA Immigration Auckland Office at 441 Queen Street will be closed until the restrictions are lifted.

TDA Immigration staff are currently working from home and if you are a client we recommend e-mailing your adviser directly if you have any concerns. If you are not a TDA client please e-mail enquiries@tdavisa.nz with your query.

TDA Immigration will continue to hold consultations with clients and potential clients through phone call or ZOOM video conference. Prior appointment is necessary.

New Visa Extensions Announced

The government has announced 6 month visa extensions to all employer-assisted work visas due to expire before the end of 2020. This includes those work visas which were previously extended under the Epidemic Management Notice and also includes work visa holders whose visa is due to expire after July 9.

An employer-assisted work visa is a work visa that specifies a particular employer as a condition of the visa. The policy is expected to benefit around 16,500 Essential Skills and Work to Residence visa holders.

A delay to implementing the stand-down period for some low-skilled essential skills visa holders has been announced, as well as a reduction from 12 months to 6 months for low-skilled work visas over the next 18 months.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/122062686/coronavirus-government-extends-migrant-work-visas-for-six-months-but-cuts-timeframe-for-new-essential-skills-visas

COVID-19 ALERT LEVEL 1

Congratulations New Zealand on beating COVID-19! TDA Offices are now open for business but please note some operations have changed:

  • Our office is open to the general public 9AM-5PM Monday through Thursday.
  • If you need to visit on a Friday you will need a pre-arranged booking.
  • TDA is continuing to encourage all clients to hold appointments via ZOOM.
  • Starting 9 JUNE 2020 TDA will resume taking bookings for 30 minute in-person consultations.  Please note there is a surcharge of $50 per booking.
  • Consultations conducted through ZOOM or via the phone remain free of charge.
  • There are no toilet facilities available to the general public.  We apologize for any inconvenience.  There are public toilets located in Myers Park and on Pitt Street.

If you are sick, please do not come to the TDA office under any circumstances as we still want to take precautions against the potential re-emergence of COVID-19. Please contact reception 09 337 0380 if you are sick and require assistance.

Immigration (COVID-19 Response) Amendment Bill

The government has introduced a bill to Parliament to amend the Immigration Act 2009 to help deal with the effects and consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill provides enhanced time-limited powers to help deal with the crisis:

http://www.indiannewslink.co.nz/temporary-amendment-to-immigration-law-proposed/

https://www.parliament.nz/en/pb/bills-and-laws/bills-proposed-laws/document/BILL_97675/immigration-covid-19-response-amendment-bill

Minister of Immigration to answer your questions

The Minister of Immigration, Hon. Iain Lees-Galloway, is holding a public ZOOM meeting this Thursday night at 7 P.M (23 April). The Minister is expected to discuss the latest policies and answer questions online.

Grab this rare opportunity to put your questions to the Minister. To join the meeting follow the link below:

https://parliamentnz.zoom.us/j/7832618997

If you do not already have ZOOM installed, follow the link and it will guide you through the setup process.

If your question isn’t answered by the Minister, post it to the TDA Immigration forums afterwards.

Update: Alert Level 3

The government has announced that the country will be moved to alert level 3 at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, 27 April. The TDA Immigration offices will remain closed to the public during alert level 3. TDA Immigration will continue to provide services remotely. Consultations with advisers will be held through Zoom.

During alert level 3 physical documents may be delivered to TDA Immigration by dropping them into a secure dropbox on the Lower Ground Floor, 441 Queen Street, AUCKLAND 1010. You may also courier documents to TDA Immigration at: TDA Immigration, Lower Ground Floor, 441 Queen Street, AUCKLAND 1010.

UPDATE 6 MAY 2020: Please note that during alert level 3 there is restricted access to 441 Queen Street and therefore you may not be able to access the drop-box outside our office as previously advised. Please courier documents to TDA Immigration, PO Box 68-761, Victoria Street West, AUCKLAND 1142. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.