If you are unable to leave New Zealand

Visa options if you are in New Zealand and your visa is about to expire.

Supplementary Seasonal Employment (SSE) Work Visa

For the 2020/21 season, you can apply for an SSE visa if you have previously held or hold a current work visa. You can also apply if you have previously held an SSE or Transitioning to Recognised Seasonal Employer visa (TRSE). For this season you will be granted a visa until 30 June 2021. You will not need to provide evidence of a return ticket or sufficient funds to return home.

SSE visa holders will be able to work in seasonal horticulture and viticulture roles where there are not enough New Zealanders available to do this work. An SSE visa will enable the visa holder to be employed by any of the following:

  • an employer with an approved SSE Approval in Principle (AIP)
  • a Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) with an approved Agreement to Recruit (ATR) where places have been unable to be filled by RSE workers
  • any employer in a role, region and period of time specified by the Ministry of Social Development (MSD).

Current student and visitor visa holders can apply for this visa to work for one of the listed employers and may be granted an SSE up to 6 months, or until 30 June 2021 — whichever is longer.

Supplementary Seasonal Employer (SSE) visa | Ministry of Social Develoment list of roles and regions

Supplementary seasonal employers list

Recognised seasonal employers list

Visa Verification Service

COVID-19 short-term visitor visa

Temporary visa holders in New Zealand can now apply for the new COVID-19 short-term visitor visa. You will need to pay a fee when applying. You can apply more than once.

Applicants must show they:

  • hold a valid passport
  • are of good character 
  • have a genuine reason for remaining in New Zealand
  • cannot leave New Zealand now but will make plans to leave at the end of their stay.

Temporary migrants do not need to show they have:

  • enough money to support their stay in New Zealand
  • existing onward travel arrangements
  • good health
  • met any time-limits for how long they are able to stay in New Zealand on a visitor visa.

COVID-19 Short-term Visitor visa

If your visa is about to expire and you are in New Zealand

If you hold an open work, student, visitor, limited or interim visa that is due to expire you need to:

  • leave the country before your visa expires, or
  • make an application for a new visa.

If you are in New Zealand and your visa has expired

If you do not have a current visa or are unable to apply for a visa before your current one expires, you will be unlawful in New Zealand. 

You cannot apply for another visa in New Zealand while you are unlawful. You can either:

  • leave the country immediately if possible, or
  • make a request for a special temporary or resident visa under Section 61 of the Immigration Act.

Making a section 61 request