Border Exemption

Jia made this Official Information request to Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment

Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment did not have the information requested.

From: Jia

Dear Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment,

Please bare with me with this question, this is very personal and I’m asking this because I’m so desperate and writing this with tears. Let me explain a bit about my scenario,

I lost my grandfather who raised me from the childhood during covid and I wasn’t be able to meet him for the last time because of the border closure for visa holders, now my grandmother is also in same position, she is terminally ill now, I would like to visit her as per her last wish for a short time period, maybe a week and come back to New Zealand to continue my job.

I haven’t seen my fiancé, parents and siblings from past 2 years, it is so heartbreaking for myself and my family members.

I know it’s not possible for people who are currently in New Zealand to grant a border exemption, however is there any way that I could get a border exemption please. Following is my visa status

- I’m an Essential Skill Work visa holder valid for another 3 years.
- On going Employment in long term skill shortage Position.
- Applied for my SMC and waiting for my CO to be assigned(lodgement date May 2020).
Please let me know if there’s any possible way for
get a border exemption. Or INZ reviewing this process?


Yours faithfully,


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From: Stefan Knops
Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment

Good Morning Jia

My name is Stefan Knops and I work for Immigration New Zealand

First and foremost may I offer my condolences for the passing of your grandfather

I've reviewed your request below and it does not appear to be an official information request

If you did intend to make an official information request could you please provide clarity over what information you are requesting from the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment

If you are seeking clarity regarding a personal circumstance I would be happy to provide this for you in private correspondence

Could you please send an email to [email address] with a copy of your passport and any additional details regarding your circumstances you wish to provide

Once I have that information I will be able to provide clarity for you in regards to your situation

Kind regards,
Stefan Knops

Henderson Area Office | Immigration New Zealand
Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment

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