Government to address immigration ‘quirk’ in new one-off residence visa

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The Government says it will look at a “quirk” in immigration policy that means some workers have to leave the country and fly back in to be eligible for next year’s one-off residence visa.

Some overseas medical staff in hospitals and aged-care facilities are among those whose visa type exclude them being one of next year’s 165,000 new residents.

People already working in New Zealand had to fulfil the criteria the day before the policy was announced, at the end of September.

But they would qualify if they arrived in the country on critical worker visas between now and July, prompting some to consider the unusual option of leaving New Zealand in order to become residents.

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