The government of New Zealand has introduced a new 2022 Special Ukraine Visa for family members of Ukrainians in New Zealand.

Key Points:

  • Applications for the 2022 Special Ukraine Visa are open now and until March 15, 2023.
  • In order to apply, a family member in New Zealand must nominate an applicant for the visa by competing an expression of interest (EOI) form. To be eligible to sponsor an individual for the 2022 Special Ukraine visa, sponsors must:
    • Be a New Zealand national or resident visa holder, live in New Zealand regularly, have been born in Ukraine or held citizenship or permanent residence in Ukraine and meet the requirements to sponsor a temporary-class visa.
  • Individuals who receive the 2022 Special Ukraine Visa will be able to live and work in New Zealand for two years.

Additional Information: Eligible family members in New Zealand can sponsor their parents, grandparents, siblings and adult children for the visa. Each of those sponsored individuals can include their spouse and dependent children in the visa application. More information regarding the application process is available here.

BAL Analysis: The government of New Zealand continues to consider other immigration concessions for Ukrainian nationals and their family members. Employers and employees are reminded that actions taken as a result of the invasion of Ukraine may change with little or no notice.

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