Critical Workers can apply for a visa that will allow them to travel to New Zealand now, while the borders are still closed to most people.
When assessing a migrant for eligibility for a border exemption, this is relatively straight forward for health professionals.
It is a lot more difficult to determine if a migrant might qualify for a border exemption as 'Other Critical Worker'.
However, we have a number of clients who were able to move to New Zealand throughout 2021 after being able to secure a job offer and successfully obtain their border exemptions.
Critical workers included staff with unique experience and technical or specialist skills not readily obtainable in New Zealand, or those creating a significant benefit to the economy.
Criteria for exemptions also include migrants delivering major infrastructure projects and government-approved events or programmes.
There are 3 categories, each with their own criteria:
As these criteria are more or less subject to interpretation on a case by case basis, it might help to take a look at a few examples, where border exemptions were granted by Immigration New Zealand during the Covid pandemic.
General manager of border and visa operations Nicola Hogg says:
"The 848 approved workers in the entertainment/arts/film and television sector represent only 12 percent of the total.
The 848 entertainers and crew who met the critical worker criteria included a Queen tribute band, the Lion King stage show and the Wiggles.
They were among more than 7000 migrant workers allowed across the border.
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