New Zealand's "Recovery Visa" Scheme to Expedite Skilled Workers Entry

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Samarpita Goswami
Updated on Mar 06, 2023 11:02 AM IST

To combat and rebuild the infrastructure after cyclone Gabrielle, New Zealand has introduced Recovery Visa to welcome skilled workers to contribute to providing assistance and support.

New Zealand's "Recovery Visa" Scheme to Expedite Skilled Workers Entry

A new visa scheme “Recovery Visa” has been launched by the New Zealand government to quicken the entry of skilled workers who can assist the country with the recent weather-related disasters it faced.

This visa is targeted at foreign specialists to enable them to come to New Zealand as soon as possible to provide support and assistance in different ways which include emergency response, risk assessment, cleanup, infrastructure and stabilisation and repair of infrastructure and housing. They must also intend to provide direct recovery support. 

The Recovery Visa has been announced in response to the disastrous impact of cyclone Gabrielle which has caused major flooding and left the countrymen with other problems. 

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However, this is not a standalone case. Earlier, after Christ Church and Kaikoura earthquakes such Recovery Visas were introduced. 

Michel Wood, the immigration minister said that the Recovery Visa calls for overseas specialists to come immediately to the country and contribute to the recovery efforts of New Zealand.

Here is a comprehensive detail of those who are eligible to apply and the application process for the Recovery Visa given below: 

Eligibility Criteria for New Zealand Recovery Visa

According to New Zealand immigration, the Recovery Visa will cover migrant workers who are able to provide the support given below: 

  • Provide emergency response

  • Assess the risk and loss

  • Help in immediate clean-up

  • Contribute to stabilising infrastructure, building and housing and repair that includes planning functions.

  • Help in work that directly will help in the recovery process for example it may include producing relevant materials for road building, transport drivers and others.

There will be no charge for the Recovery Visa and the application will be processed within seven days. Woods also confirmed that the visa will be valid for up to six months. 

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Application Process for New Zealand Recovery Visa

The steps to apply for New Zealand Recovery Visa are:

  • Under the work visa category, you need to select “Specific Purpose or Event” as the type of visa.

  • Select “Other” in the section for the type of specific purpose or event one is coming for in New Zealand. 

  • Also, write down “ Recovery Visa” in the box that appears.

  • For the length of stay in New Zealand, select “6 months or less”. 

  • In case of '’Evidence required for your Special Purpose or Event work visa“ upload the Employer Supplementary Form (INZ 1377) in the “Upload Documents” section. 

New Zealand Recovery Visa cannot be availed by industries providing indirect support to fill up vacancies where people are leaving their roles to participate in recovery services.

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