4 October 2018

NEW ZEALAND: Interim visa duration extended 

The duration of interim visas has been extended to continue after a visa decline or withdrawal for a further 21 days.

Interim visas are granted to employees whose current visa is soon to expire and who have applied for a further visa, but the application has not been decided yet. 

Previously, interim visas were valid up to 6 months until a visa was granted and ended upon denial of visa. This meant that employees whose application was denied became unlawful the day after. Now, the interim visa starts from the day after the current visa’s expiration date, and expires upon approval of the application, 21 days after a denial of the application, or six months if a decision has not been made.

How does this affect the client?

This is a positive change as it gives individuals whose visa application was declined 21 days to either challenge the visa decision or organise their affairs before departing New Zealand. It also allows a further 21 days to work, for those applicants who were granted work rights.





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