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My resident visa application is still in process but my temporary visa will expire soon.

Lodging a residence application does not mean you can let your temporary class visa expire.

You must be on a valid visa at all times while in New Zealand. If your temporary visa expires while your residence is in process, you are liable for deportation. An Interim visa will not be issued to you if you have only applied for a Resident visa. An interim visa is only issued if you are waiting for a decision on a temporary visa application.

If your temporary entry class visa expires while in New Zealand, we will suspend the processing of your residence application, under section 169(3) of the Immigration Act 2009.

View section 169(3)

Before your current visa expires, you can:

  • obtain a further temporary class visa to remain in NZ longer; or
  • depart New Zealand and wait for your resident visa decision offshore (please advise your immigration officer of your contact details in this case).

To obtain a further visa, you must meet the current policy requirements of the visa type you wish to apply for. Refer to the visit, study and work sections of our website for more information. 

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