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Penalties for employing a person without the appropriate visa Travelling to New Zealand on business What does a resident visa allow me to do? My resident visa application is still in process but my temporary visa will expire soon. I hold two passports. Which one should I travel on? I have a work visa but my job details are changing. What do I need to do? I was born in New Zealand, but I've been living overseas. Can I return to live in New Zealand? Can I choose between a permanent resident visa and a citizen endorsement? I wish to make a complaint What is Settlement Support New Zealand? Extending a work visa Do I need to travel with my family if we have all been granted visas for the same period? If I get a resident visa, how long do I have to move to New Zealand? Was my application received? Can I extend my Working Holiday visa? How do I send my documents to immigration, supporting my online application? How do I apply for a further visitor visa if I wish to stay longer in New Zealand? I am hearing impaired. How do I contact Immigration New Zealand? Who can be self-employed in New Zealand? Can I travel to New Zealand as a visitor, and apply for residence from there? My country is not on the list of working holiday schemes What information can the Immigration Contact Centre (ICC) release to an LIA or a lawyer? Can I extend my Working Holiday Visa to do seasonal work? How do I bring an adopted child to New Zealand? How long will my student visa be valid for, if granted? Options for Religious Workers What are travel conditions? Who can work in New Zealand? Is email the preferred way to communicate with immigration officers? What visa do I need to attend a job interview in New Zealand? Can workers from overseas bring their family with them? Who has the power to take statutory declarations? How can I give you feedback about your website? Can a visa application be prioritised? Using a Licensed Immigration Adviser Will I lose my New Zealand residence status if I travel abroad? Can a person who has an appeal in process with the Immigration and Protection Tribunal (IPT) wait in New Zealand? Who can be included in my permanent resident visa application? Can I use a certified copy instead of the original? Who can certify copies of my documents? Skilled Migrant Category - removal of section 49(1) conditions I submitted my Expression of Interest but my address has changed. Can I enter New Zealand on a one-way ticket? I applied for another visa, but my current one is about to expire. What can I do? What is the visa status of a child born in New Zealand? How do I apply online for a Working Holiday? Parent and Grandparent Visitor Visa Is my passport acceptable for travel to New Zealand? How do I know if a worker from overseas has the right to work in New Zealand? I am overseas and would like to visit New Zealand and look for a job Are there any special rules for Australian citizens and residents? Can I work while I am on a student visa? Can I offer a job to a worker from overseas? I already have a visa, can I travel in and out of New Zealand with it? Can Australians get a New Zealand permanent resident visa? Do we have to be married to qualify under the partnership instructions? I have been invited to apply for residence. What now? Willing Workers on Organic Farms (WWOOF) in New Zealand Can I look after a child in New Zealand who has a student visa? Pathway Student Visa How can I report someone to the immigration authorities? I hold a working holiday visa but want to enter New Zealand as a visitor - is this possible? Who can apply for a visa using Immigration Online? Will my Expression of Interest (EOI) be selected? I'm coming to New Zealand to participate in a sports event. What visa do I need? How long will my Skilled Migrant Category Expression of Interest remain in the pool after it is submitted? How do I obtain a New Zealand passport or citizenship? What are the character requirements for supporting partners? Do I have to use a Visa Application Centre (VAC)? Are printouts from the Inland Revenue website acceptable as original documents? When does my residence status become activated? I am visiting New Zealand but would like to do some fruit picking - is this allowed? Information for visitors travelling without a visa I filled out my working holiday visa application a while ago, but now the form has disappeared. What should I do? Can I add my newborn child to my existing visa application? I am a Tour Guide coming to New Zealand with a Tour Group Can my passport be returned while my visa application is being processed? How do I start an online Expression of Interest and submit it? If I am on a work or student visa, will my child have to pay foreign student fees to study here? I can't save details into my Expression of Interest What Fiji travel documents will Immigration New Zealand Suva Branch Accept? What can be used as evidence of residence status? Do I need to submit any documents with my Expression of Interest? Will I be eligible for a further student visa if I was absent from class due to illness? How long can I stay as a visitor? Can I use an old application form? I want to include my child in my online EOI, but they don't have a passport. What should I do? I'm working in New Zealand and want to have my partner and children with me How do I print my Working Holiday Visa letter? What type of work is seasonal work? Can I apply for a Working Holiday visa while in New Zealand? Can I be offered employment without a valid work visa? How do I employ Seasonal Workers? Child Supplementary form for Expression of Interest What is an 'open work visa', and how do I get one? My employee from overseas wants to work for someone else. Can I stop them? Biometric data for United Kingdom visas What can be used as evidence of work experience? Information on DNA testing Do I need to stay with my parent or guardian while studying? Can I take a short course while in New Zealand? What is the difference between a resident visa and a permanent resident visa? Can I apply for a permanent resident visa while overseas? What do ‘return/onward ticket not required', ‘evidence of financial support not required’ and ‘multiple entries’ mean? How do I get a New Zealand passport? Providing full birth certificates with applications What should I do if I frequently need to hire skilled people from overseas? How do I contact Immigration New Zealand? Can I come to New Zealand to volunteer or volunteer once I am in New Zealand?