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600 border exceptions now available for tech workers

The process to apply for 600 border exceptions for tech workers is now underway and businesses can apply for an industry nomination through NZTech or IT Professionals NZ, the leading tech industry groups.

New Zealand is desperate for top experienced tech staff globally and this system will boost the New Zealand economy at a time it desperately needs it.

These roles are critical to accelerate access to much needed skills by the fast growing New Zealand tech sector and businesses across the economy, NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller says.

The border exception is available for specific roles that are in the highest demand, including software developers, security specialists, ICT managers and multimedia specialists. 

There are multiple sub-roles or job titles that fall within these broader role categories and more information can be found on the nomination application page, Muller says.

Given the need to balance immigration and domestic skills development, employers seeking industry nomination are expected to be engaged in a programme to support domestic skills development and are working together as a member of a relevant industry body, IT Professionals chief executive Paul Matthews says.

“It is important that the industry demonstrates it is serious about ensuring a growing pipeline of local talent into the sector alongside immigration.”

Companies wishing to bring workers in, the role being offered and the worker must meet certain requirements and industry expectations which are detailed in the nomination guide, available at

Organisations wishing to apply for a border exception must check the eligibility of the role – is it an approved role and does it meet minimum salary requirements. The company then applies for an Industry Nomination which will be checked and validated by the team at IT Professionals NZ.

If the application meets the requirements and expectations, the company will receive an industry nomination which will then be placed on an approved nomination list that will be provided to Immigration NZ.

The nominated employer then completes a request for travel with Immigration NZ. If the request is approved, Immigration NZ will issue an invitation to apply and the worker will be eligible to apply for the critical purpose visitor visa to come and work in New Zealand through the other critical worker border exception.

Importantly, successful applicants through this pathway are currently eligible to apply for the 2021 Resident Visa if they are in the country and submit an application before 31 July 2022.  Details on eligibility for the 2021 Resident Visa are available here.

More details, a guide explaining the process, and the nomination application process itself can be found at

For further information contact NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller on 021 02520767, IT Professionals chief executive Paul Matthews on 021 705212  or NZTech’s media specialist, Make Lemonade editor-in-chief Kip Brook on 0275 030188

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