New Zealand has extended the "special Ukrainian visa" for another year
New Zealand announced the extension of the "special Ukrainian visa" for another year. The government has also extended the travel period from nine to 12 months for prospective applicants.
Immigration Minister Michael Wood said in a statement that according to the government's decision, the benefit for Ukrainians has now been extended until mid-March 2024.
"We recognize the impact of the conflict in Ukraine on its people, as well as the efforts of the New Zealand Ukrainian community to support their family members," Wood said.
"The special Ukrainian visa was supposed to be closed to new applicants on March 15, 2023, however, given that the conflict continues, it is appropriate that New Zealand continues to resolve this pathway for Ukrainian families in New Zealand," he added.
The government has also extended the travel period from nine to 12 months for prospective applicants.
The statement also said that the government has decided to extend the waiver of immigration fees for Ukrainian applicants to ensure that immigration costs are not a barrier to those who qualify.
Holders of a special visa to Ukraine also have access to public health care and their children can attend school as homeschoolers, and adults can attend free English lessons in the country.