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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.

If your temporary entry class visa expires while in New Zealand, the processing of your residence application must be suspended 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. 

Explore visitor visas

Explore study visas

Explore work visas

There is a special process for work visa holders who are applying for an Essential Skills work visa and who have during this time submitted an Expression of Interest which has been selected or have been Invited to Apply for a Resident Visa under the Skilled Migrant category which will be considered for you. This is explained on our Invitation to apply page.

Invitation to Apply

On 17 September 2019, the Minister of Immigration announced changes to employer assisted temporary work visa categories that will take place over the next 18 months.

Changes to temporary work visas