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    Lightbulb SMC Residence Visa Job Search Visa

    Hi,

    Scenario:

    1. Job search visa (nine months) as a result of resident visa application under SMC approved
    2. Visited New Zealand in Feb 2020, NZ gets into lock down in March 2020
    3. Can't exercise the job search, border control getting strict and most of the countries were closing borders
    4. Wife gets infected by COVID-19, left with no choice but to travel back to home land for family


    Any grounds to request INZ to approve the nine month job search visa and give a fair chance to exercise the job search now or after few months when economies start reviving after Pandemic situation?
    Please suggest/advise. Thank you.

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    You have heavily implied that you have failed to find an offer of ongoing skilled employment within the currency of your Work Visa issued under Skilled Migrant Category Job Search Instructions, and therefore your application under the Skilled Migrant Category must be declined under SM3.20.5(b). INZ has no discretion to act outside of immigration instructions, and the COVID-19 pandemic does not change this fact.

    The only way that this may have a favourable ending to you is if the Minister of Immigration issues a special direction.

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    It's probably little consolation, but you're not alone in having had all your plans disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic. The NZ borders are still closed to all except a very few categories of people https://www.immigration.govt.nz/abou...to-new-zealand, and they are not going to be opened until the pandemic is under control in other parts of the world, so no visa applications made from overseas are currently being considered. Probably because the timing is completely unpredictable, the government haven't directed INZ to make any statements about what arrangements will eventually be put in place concerning those who would have applied sooner, or who had had visas issued which they couldn't then get to NZ to use. Any announcements will appear on the INZ News and notifications page. https://www.immigration.govt.nz/abou...-notifications

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    Thank you JandM and Kelerei for your comments. As mentioned it was not practical to exercise job search by staying nine months under the given circumstances. Lockdown ceased every activity and border controls were making it difficult to travel. It was important to reach to the family as wife get infected by Covid. During the stay of about two months, the market response was very good, was interviewed and shortlisted for some potential jobs but the pandemic halted everything. If it were all normal there was no chance that I couldn't get the right job.

    Just asking if INZ can consider the request to reissue the visa for nine months when visa restrictions are uplift? What could be the best option to formally pursue on this to INZ?

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    As I said in my last, the New Zealand government does not yet know what they will do when the borders reopen. It will partly depend on how long the country will have been closed, and what the situation is by then. That being so, members of the public, like we are, can't guess what rules will come into force, as the government won't instruct INZ until just before any change is made. There is no precedent here, as the pandemic is more widespread than anything seen in the lifetime of most of us.

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    Thank you, JandM. Yes I do agree with you. Appreciate if someone on the forum in the similar situation and share their experience later.

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    There won't be anyone yet, not until the NZ government feel they can open the borders, then tell INZ what steps they must take about all the people waiting in the different categories. You are just as likely to be among the first to raise this issue.

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