R7.1 When confirmation is required
People in New Zealand who hold, or are deemed to hold, a residence class visa may need to confirm their residence class visa if, for example:
- they have lost their original passport and wish to have a residence class visa label placed in their new one; or
- they are applying to the Department of Internal Affairs for New Zealand citizenship; or
- they never obtained a visa or permit on arrival; or
- they hold a permit granted under the Immigration Act 1964 or the Immigration Act 1987.
R7.1.1 Applicants who arrived before 2 April 1974
See also Immigration Act 2009 s 415
See also Immigration Act 1987 s 44
Applicants who arrived lawfully before 2 April 1974 for the purpose of permanent residence and did not receive residence permits, and who need to satisfy an immigration officer that they are deemed to hold a resident visa under section 415 of the Immigration Act 2009, may have their resident visa confirmed if they:
- were not issued a permit or entry authority under the Immigration Act 1964 or any earlier corresponding Act; and
- have been in New Zealand continuously from 2 April 1974 and until at least 31 October 1987, apart from any period or periods spent in:
- the Cook Islands, Niue or Tokelau; or
- Australia (if during any such period they were Commonwealth citizens or citizens of the Republic of Ireland, and were able to live in either New Zealand or Australia without restriction); and
- were in New Zealand at midnight on 31 October 1987; and
- were not exempt under the Immigration Act 1987 from having to hold a residence permit.