2022 Special Ukraine Visa & Resources for New Arrivals

Special Ukraine Visa 2022 Information & Help
  • Check out the details on the Immigration NZ site here – 2022 Special Ukraine Visa and the Ukrainian version here.
  • If you have questions – download this visa guide from Lane Neave.
  • If you still have questions in relation to the 2022 Special Ukraine Visa, download this file with contact details of individuals and organisations in New Zealand (immigration advisers and law firms) who are willing to assist with your questions on a pro-bono basis (i.e. free of charge): Contact Details of Visa Assistants.pdf.
  • Additional questions can be referred directly to Immigration NZ. The best way to contact them for the 2022 Special Ukraine Visa is via a line set up at the Immigration Contact centre on: 0800 537 726 or 04 830 3599 (Wellington), 09 952 1695 (Auckland). If individuals or families have situation-specific questions, specialukraineeoi@mbie.govt.nz is the initial Inbox for 2022 Special Ukraine Visa inquiries. INZ asks that you do not share it widely to prevent the line from being clogged by inquiries for other visa categories.
  • Entry requirements to New Zealand  – Official vaccination requirements to enter NZ can be found here. Currently, Special Ukraine Visa holders and Ukrainian citizens do not need proof of vaccination to enter NZ. However, please be aware that your chosen carrier (airline) may still require either proof of vaccine or a negative test in order to allow you onboard their aircraft, depending on their policy at the time. So please confirm any specific airline requirements with them directly. 
  • Special Ukraine Visa holders are eligible for publically funded healthcare. Information on visa types that get access to publicly funded healthcare on arrival can be found HERE.

Useful Settlement Resources
for the Special Ukraine Visa holders arriving in NZ

 
  • If you are a Ukrainian who recently arrived or are soon to be arriving in NZ to escape the war and you are seeking support, please tell us about it by filling out THIS FORM, so that we can try and match you with the offers of help we are aware of, provided UANZ have a match available. This is on a first come first serve basis and is limited to the generous offers we and the UANZ receive from the New Zealand public (if any). This form and data, collected through it, is managed by the Ukrainian Association of New Zealand (UANZ), Mahi for Ukraine does not hold any of this information.

Consular assistance

  • Currently, there is no Ukrainian consulate/ honorary consulate or embassy located in NZ. On April 14, 2022, the Embassy of Ukraine in the Republic of Singapore transferred the honorable mission of maintaining bilateral relations with New Zealand to the Embassy of Ukraine in Australia.  All consular issues should be addressed to the Consular Section of the Embassy of Ukraine in Australia. Official embassy Facebook pageTwitter, Instagram: @emb_uainau | Contact embukraine.au@gmail.com

English language courses & language support

Help for Ukrainians seeking employment in NZ

  • Adecco Group – Jobs for Ukraine platform – How does it work? The Jobs for Ukraine platform is a free-to-post platform for any company looking to offer opportunities for displaced workers. An Adecco expert team of Ukrainian and English speakers is dedicated to supporting candidates and connecting them with companies. Please follow the provided link to find out more, and to look for opportunities if you’re seeking a job.
  • WorkForce Central Dunedin – you can register your interest in a career in construction whether you are seeking an apprenticeship, are a school, polytech, or university leaver, already in a trade or just looking for a change. While this particular site is specifically designed for construction opportunities in Dunedin, WFC can connect you with their teams in other regions (in your registration please indicate where you are based, and the location of interest for employment). If you do not have a CV, WFC team will contact you by phone or email and can help you develop one. Alternatively, please send us an email with your CV and skill summary in English, as well as the location of interest (to kate@mahiforukraine.com) noting the subject line “WorkForce Central opportunities“, and we will forward your details to the relevant regional WFC team, so they can connect you with potential opportunities if any are available.
  • CC Group and CC Workforce has established a relationship with Mahi for Ukraine to help support Ukrainians into employment across New Zealand.

    The Group can open many avenues for employment in the Construction & Trades, Forestry, Hospitality & Accommodation, and Agricultural/Primary production Industries through CC Workforce, as well as access to landscaping, gardening, and lawncare careers, are available through their national franchise Crew Cut, jobs in the Facilities Management and cleaning/maintenance industries are also available through CrewCare. Additionally, all sections of CC Group of companies offer paths to franchise ownership for individuals, groups, or families. 

    CC Group run their own training programs through CC Training Academy where they both train and certify people for the New Zealand workforce and upskill them as their career grows, as well as offer pathways to residency. CC Group aims to offer a ‘One-Stop Shop’ where people can enter their system and progress easily through into a career that is real, sustainable, and part of the New Zealand way of life.

    If you are interested in exploring opportunities with CC Group please email your CV in English to Elly Stone at elly@ccgroup.co.nz and CC Kate (kate@mahiforukraine.com) with the subject line – “Job Seeker | Mahi for Ukraine”.  IMPORTANT: While proficiency in English is not a requirement for the candidate themselves in many of these jobs, and CC Group understands that many Special Ukraine Visa holders will have limited to no ability to speak English, please ensure you provide contact details for the person who speaks English and can support you through the employment process, interviews & contract negotiations  (e.g. your visa sponsor or a friend).

Health & wellbeing resources

  • Public healthcare in New ZealandAs a 2022 Special Ukraine Visa holder you are eligible for publicly funded health care. Health care in New Zealand is a mixture of free and subsidised services.
  • Counseling and other support services for Ukrainian and Russian-speaking communities in Aotearoa New Zealand from Ministry of Ethnic Communities – Wellbeing service providers.
  • The Immunisation Advisory Centre and 0800 466 863 | Immunisation schedule | To book your COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Free health check service offered to those arriving under the 2022 Special Ukraine Policy Visa (available from October 17th via your GP or online via Healthline). As a 2022 Special Ukraine Visa holder are eligible for one free health assessment with a doctor at a general practice or by calling Healthline on 0800 945 375 or 09 306 8739. Free interpreter services (in any language) will be available for this assessment on request.
    Resources: Health Response – key messages and Q&As (pdf, Ukrainian) | Tuberculosis factsheet (pdf, Ukrainian) | Key information sheet (pdf, Ukrainian) | Invitation for the October 26 health information Zoom meeting (pdf, Ukrainian).

Other newcomers’ resources

Special Ukraine Visa 2022 Help

  • Check out the details on the Immigration NZ site here – 2022 Special Ukraine Visa and the Ukrainian version here
  • If you have questions – download this visa guide from Lane Neave
  • If you still have any questions in relation to the 2022 Special Ukraine Visa, download this file with contact details of individuals and organisations in New Zealand (immigration advisers and law firms) who are willing to assist you with your questions on a pro bono basis (i.e. free of charge): Contact Details of Visa Assistants.pdf

Useful settlement resources for the Ukrainians arriving in NZ

  • The NewZealand Now website – is Immigration NZ’s main source of information for people arriving in New Zealand.
  • For families with children, see information on school enrolment here.
  • Information for parents from the Ministry of Education: https://parents.education.govt.nz/.
  • If you are a Ukrainian who recently arrived or are soon to be arriving in NZ on the Ukraine Special Visa seeking support, please tell us about it by filling out THIS FORM, so we can try and match you with the offers of help we receive.

Help for Ukrainians Seeking Employment in NZ

  • Adecco Group Jobs for Ukraine platform – How does it work? The jobs for Ukraine platform is a free-to-post platform for any company looking to offer opportunities for you displaced workers. An Adecco expert team of Ukrainian and English speakers is dedicated to support candidates and connect them with companies. Please follow the provided link to find out more, and to look for opportunities if you’re seeking a job.
  • Work Force Central Dunedinyou can register your interest in a career in construction whether you are seeking an apprenticeship, are a school, polytech or university leaver, already in a trade or just looking for a change. While this particular site is specifically designed for construction opportunities in Dunedin, WFC can connect you with their teams in other regions (in your registration please indicate where you are based, and location of interest for employment). If you do not have a CV, WFC team will contact you by phone or email and can help you develop one. Alternatively, please send us email with your CV and skill summary in English, as well as location of interest (to kate@mahiforukraine.com), and we will forward your details to the relevant regional WFC team, so they can connect you with potential opportunities if any are available.
  • Other Job Search resources: Find New Zealand Jobs – Work In New Zealand: New Kiwis; Jobs on SEEK; Trade Me Jobs.
  • Careers advice and information including vocational guidance, accreditation etc. https://www.careers.govt.nz/

English language courses

Language Assistance Services | Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (mbie.govt.nz). How to use the TIS/VIS | Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (mbie.govt.nz)

Newcomers’ resources:

  • New Zealand Newcomers Network – Whether you’re new to New Zealand or just to your region, the New Zealand Newcomers Network helps you find community and connections. Ease your transition, meet people and make friends.
  • Settlement Centre Waikato (scw.org.nz) – The Settlement Centre Waikato helps newcomers to find their way to a successful settlement in Hamilton and the Waikato area.
  • Welcoming Communities | Immigration New Zealand – Welcoming Communities recognises that communities are healthier, happier and more productive when newcomers are welcomed and participate fully in society and in the local economy.

Volunteering New Zealand – The home for volunteering (volunteeringnz.org.nz) if you would like to consider volunteering with various New Zealand organisation

Citizens Advice Bureau (cab.org.nz); Where can I go for free budgeting advice? | Citizens Advice Bureau (cab.org.nz)

Getting help with your budget | New Zealand Government (www.govt.nz)

Ethnic Liaison Officers | New Zealand Police

DISCLAIMER: While every effort has been made to ensure the information in this publication is accurate, Mahi for Ukraine does not accept any responsibility or liability for error of fact, omission, interpretation or opinion that may be present, nor for the consequences of any decision based on this information.