New Zealand: Variation of Conditions (VOC) online form for work visas
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On September 3, 2021, Immigration New Zealand (INZ) announced that the new Variation of Conditions (VOC) form for work visas is now available online.
INZ has made efforts to add more online application options to its website to allow processing to continue even when staff are unable to access INZ offices. The most recent addition is a COV application form for work visas, which can be found here!
Online COV requests can be submitted for paper requests that were sent to INZ prior to the recent lockdown if an acknowledgment email has not yet been sent by INZ. Paper VOC requests submitted after containment can also be resubmitted via the online form.
No fees will be charged for these paper requests, and they will be returned once the INZ offices reopen.
Paper requests will continue to be processed. However, due to the recent lockdown, there will likely be delays.
This update is positive news for employers and employees. The online form will simplify and streamline the processing of VOC work visa applications. We encourage those who apply for a VOC on their work visa to submit through the online form, rather than submitting a paper application.
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