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    Default Extensions for visitor visa due to COVID 19 situation

    Hi there,
    My wife on GVV was due to travel on 25th this month. Her last day to travel is 30april.

    Looking at this covid 19 situation, It doesn't look like border restrictions are going anywhere anytime soon.

    I tried calling INZ and due to high call volume can't get to them.

    Anyone who can advice what to do? Can we expect any exceptions on visa validity? Any help!

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    How long has your partner been here on a GVV?

    If I refer you to this section of the operations manual:

    https://www.immigration.govt.nz/opsmanual/#41521.htm

    It says you can get up to 9 months stay in an 18 month period. If your wife hasn't used that, then ask for whatever time she can get up to the nine months described in there.

    If she has already used her 9 months, say there are circumstances beyond her control and ask for the three month extra that they can grant or just ask for any extension they can give currently to help out.

    Alternatively, if you meet the requirements for a partnership visa you could consider applying for that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nzs View Post
    How long has your partner been here on a GVV?

    If I refer you to this section of the operations manual:

    https://www.immigration.govt.nz/opsmanual/#41521.htm

    It says you can get up to 9 months stay in an 18 month period. If your wife hasn't used that, then ask for whatever time she can get up to the nine months described in there.

    If she has already used her 9 months, say there are circumstances beyond her control and ask for the three month extra that they can grant or just ask for any extension they can give currently to help out.

    Alternatively, if you meet the requirements for a partnership visa you could consider applying for that?

    She hasn't been here yet. She yet to come to nz and got 9 month visa and last date to travel to nz is 30april.

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    Quote Originally Posted by perry1234 View Post
    She hasn't been here yet. She yet to come to nz and got 9 month visa and last date to travel to nz is 30april.
    Does anyone know what to do here?

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    It doesn't appear that she'll be able to travel as only residents, citizens, and essential workers are able to enter the country. Maybe call the airline she is looking to fly with. They may be able to tell you if she can book a flight. https://www.immigration.govt.nz/abou...e-inz-response
    "New Zealand citizens, permanent residents, residents with valid travel conditions and their immediate family (partner or spouse, legal guardian and dependent children under the age of 24) can still come to New Zealand. Immediate family must have a valid visa or NZeTA and travel with the New Zealand citizen or resident family member on the same flight to New Zealand. "

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    You can apply for a Variation of Travel Conditions by completing the INZ1020 form, paying the fee and explaining exactly what you want. Given that you don't know how long the borders will be closed for, you should ask INZ to push the first entry date out as far as possible.

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