Immigration (Visa, Entry Permission, and Related Matters) Amendment (COVID-19—Applications and Fees) Regulations (No 3) 2020

2020/323

Coat of Arms of New Zealand

Immigration (Visa, Entry Permission, and Related Matters) Amendment (COVID-19—Applications and Fees) Regulations (No 3) 2020

Patsy Reddy, Governor-General

Order in Council

At Wellington this 16th day of December 2020

Present:
The Right Hon Jacinda Ardern presiding in Council

These regulations are made under sections 400 and 401A of the Immigration Act 2009

(a)

on the advice and with the consent of the Executive Council; and

(b)

on the recommendation of the Minister of Immigration required under section 403A of that Act and made in accordance with section 401A(4) to (7) of that Act.

Regulations

1 Title

These regulations are the Immigration (Visa, Entry Permission, and Related Matters) Amendment (COVID-19—Applications and Fees) Regulations (No 3) 2020.

2 Commencement

(1)

These regulations come into force on 18 December 2020, except as provided in subclause (2).

(2)

Regulation 4(2) comes into force on 8 February 2021.

3 Principal regulations

These regulations amend the Immigration (Visa, Entry Permission, and Related Matters) Regulations 2010 (the principal regulations).

4 Regulation 9A amended (Suspension of ability to apply for certain visas)

(1)

Replace regulation 9A(1)(aa) with:

(aa)

is in, and intends to travel from, a COVID-19 safe travel zone; or

(2)

In regulation 9A(3) and (4), replace “8 February 2021” with “7 May 2021”.

Janine Harvey,
for the Clerk of the Executive Council.

Explanatory note

This note is not part of the regulations, but is intended to indicate their general effect.

These regulations amend the Immigration (Visa, Entry Permission, and Related Matters) Regulations 2010 (the principal regulations).

Regulation 4(1), which comes into force on 18 December 2020, amends regulation 9A(1)(aa) of the principal regulations to enable a person who is in, and intends to travel from, a COVID-19 safe travel zone to apply for a temporary entry class visa, whether or not that person is exempt from the requirement to be isolated or quarantined.

Regulation 4(2), which comes into force on 8 February 2021, extends, for a period of 3 months ending at the close of 7 May 2021, the suspension (with limited exceptions) of the ability of all persons who are outside New Zealand to apply for a temporary entry class visa.

Issued under the authority of the Legislation Act 2012.

Date of notification in Gazette: 17 December 2020.

These regulations are administered by the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment.