Christmas & New Year Holidays 2020-2021

TDA Immigration offices will be closed from 23 December 2020 until 04 January 2021. However, TDA Immigration will have limited staff working through the holiday period and will be contactable through our landline number +64 09 337 0380. TDA will not be contactable on the following statutory holidays:

  • Friday 25th December 2020
  • Monday 28th December 2020
  • Friday 1st January 2021
  • Monday 4th January 2021.

If you are an existing client and have concerns during this period please e-mail your adviser or contact TDA on the landline number. If you are a potential client please feel free to ring our landline number to make an enquiry. TDA Immigration will be available for ZOOM consultations subject to availability.

Immigration New Zealand onshore visa offices are closed during statutory holidays but will have limited processing capacity on 29, 30 and 31 December. PPI letters issued after 7 December 2020 will provide 20 working days for a response.

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

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.