Skilled Migrant Category - removal of section 49(1) conditions

If your Skilled Migrant Category resident visa was granted subject to section 49(1) conditions, you will need to meet the stated requirements. Once the conditions are met, you can apply to have them removed. You may then be eligible to apply for a permanent resident visa.

To remove section 49(1) conditions, you will need to provide the following

  • A cover letter requesting the removal of section 49(1) conditions.
    • This letter must also include all your current contact details. 
  • Copies of valid passports for all applicants included on the resident visa application.
  • A letter from the principal applicant's employer, printed on letterhead paper.
    • This letter should confirm your position and that you have been in full-time employment for the period required by your section 49(1) conditions. 
    • The letter must contain the contact details of the company, and be dated and signed by a person authorised to confirm the status of your employment.
  • Copies of two recent payslips and a recent bank statement confirming your employment, or an Inland Revenue Department (IRD) summary of earnings (which can be obtained directly from IRD). 

There is no fee charged for the removal of section 49(1) conditions.

If further information is required, your immigration officer will contact you directly.

Where do I send the request?

Postal address

Immigration New Zealand
PO Box 76895
Manukau City
Auckland 2241
New Zealand


Immigration New Zealand
DX Box: EP71514
20 Fairfax Avenue
Auckland 1061
New Zealand

Drop box

Ground floor
20 Amersham Way
Auckland 2104