New Zealand’s government intends to reunite Trans-Tasman couples who remain separated amid the Coronavirus outbreak, through new changes to the border and visa controls, from early October, the New Zealand government has announced.

According to the Minister of Immigration Kris Faafoi, the country is in a position to permit a small number of persons in New Zealand, VisaGuide.World reports.

“Many of these visa holders and their families have lived in New Zealand for years and have built lives here with the hope and expectation that they would be able to stay longer-term in New Zealand. It is only fair to let these visa holders return given their long-standing and ongoing connections to this country,” Faafoi pointed out.

Australian partners will be required to prove they are in a “genuine and stable relationship” in order to apply for the latest visa exemption. They will also need to pay NZD $45 for the entry request; however, they will not need to pay a fee for filing a visa application. If the application is approved, Australian partners will grant a visa to travel to New Zealand.

When filing an application, Australians are also eligible to request to travel with dependent children.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, up to 40,000 New Zealanders stranded abroad have returned to their homes.

The current priority up to this point has been for Kiwis and permanent residents to be given enough space to return.

The Minister of Immigration Faafoi stressed that there is now space “in managed isolation facilities to accommodate for people who fit these criteria, alongside returning citizens and permanent residents.”

“In order to manage flows of returnees into managed isolation, they will also be expected to use the managed isolation allocation system when it goes live.”

New Zealand’s government expects more than 850 visa holders may be able for this kind of category.

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