Interim visas for foreign nationals affected by earthquake
Following Tuesday's earthquake the Minister of Immigration, Jonathan Coleman, has announced that interim visas will be issued to any foreign national whose work, visitor or student visa application is lodged at Immigration New Zealand's Christchurch office.
More than 2000 temporary visa applications are currently lodged at the office in the Crystal Plaza building, which is unable to be accessed for safety reasons.
The interim visas will be valid for six months or until a person's substantive temporary visa application has been decided – whichever date is earlier. The affected foreign nationals will be granted open work, student or visitor conditions depending on the type of temporary visa they applied for:
Affected foreign nationals will be sent individual correspondence on this as soon as possible.
For the most up-to-date source of information on the earthquake, people should go to www.civildefence.co.nz or www.canterburyearthquake.org.nz.