Epidemic Management Notice and Temporary Visa Holders

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.

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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.

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