Further to our article announcing the NZ Government’s issuing of the Epidemic Management Notice, Immigration NZ have now clarified that:
Temporary visa holders (those holding for example work, student and visitor visas) who have a visa expiring before and on 1 April 2020 and are unable to leave New Zealand must apply online for a new visa before their current visa expires.
If temporary visa holders can’t provide certain information required by the online form, such as a new medical certificate, they can upload an explanation instead in order to complete the online application.
Normally, following a submission of an online application, visa applicants are grated an interim visa automatically when their current visa expires.
An interim visa allows people to remain lawfully in New Zealand for up to a maximum period of 6 months.
We have been advised that all of Immigration NZ’s overseas offices are closed for the foreseeable future as a result of COVID-19. A small number of staff are currently operating from Immigration NZ’s Head Office in Wellington, their priority is dealing with any COVID-19 requests. No other visa applications are being processed at this time.
We will update you as further information comes to light.
If you hold a temporary visa please contact us if you require immigration advice or assistance with your current circumstances.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this publication is of a general nature and is not intended as legal advice. It is important that you seek legal advice that is specific to your circumstances.