2021 Interim Visa

If you apply for a 2021 Resident Visa and your current visa expires while you are waiting for the resident visa to be processed, you can get a 2021 Interim Visa so you can stay in New Zealand.

How to get a 2021 Interim Visa

If you have applied for a 2021 Resident Visa and your current visa expires in the next 7 days, we will process a 2021 Interim Visa for you which will come into effect the day after your current visa expires. You do not need to apply.

We will send you an eVisa with the appropriate duration and conditions.

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Once you have a 2021 Interim Visa you cannot apply for other visas. If you think your 2021 Residence Visa might be declined or you may withdraw, you may want to apply for a further temporary visa instead so you can remain in NZ on a temporary visa.

Conditions

If you have a work or visitor visa the 2021 Interim Visa will let you stay in New Zealand with your current visa conditions.

If you have a student visa you will get open student visa conditions, allowing you to study any programme at any educational institute at any location.

How long the visa lasts

The 2021 Interim Visa is valid for 12 months unless your 2021 Resident Visa application is declined or withdrawn within this 12 month period.

In this case the interim visa will expire 2 months from the date of the decision to decline or withdraw.

If you want to apply for a further temporary visa

If your current visa is about to expire you may want to apply for a further temporary visa rather than getting a 2021 Interim Visa. You may want to do this because:

  • the temporary visa's conditions are more suitable for you — for example, you may want to move from work to study
  • if your 2021 Resident Visa application is declined or you withdraw, you will still have a valid, temporary visa and can apply for further visas.

You must apply for further temporary visa before your current visa expires.

If you have applied for both a temporary visa and a 2021 Resident Visa

If you have applied for both visas and your current visa expires, you will receive an interim visa based on your temporary visa application.

If you want an interim visa based on your temporary visa application, you should apply for a further temporary visa at least 7 days before your current visa expires, otherwise we may give you a 2021 Interim Visa instead.

The 2021 Interim Visa will expire if you travel overseas

The purpose of a 2021 interim visa is to allow a visa applicant to maintain their lawful status in New Zealand while their application for a 2021 Resident Visa is being considered.

If you travel overseas the interim visa will expire and you will need to apply for a new visa to return to New Zealand.

Processing of your 2021 Resident Visa will continue while you are overseas.

Changing employment conditions

If you hold an employer-specific work visa your 2021 Interim Visa has the same employment conditions. If you wish to change employment you can apply for a variation of conditions using the form below:

INZ 1020 Application for a Variation of Conditions or a Variation of Travel Conditions PDF 287KB

You should complete sections A, F and I. You should also complete section G and H, if applicable. Include a cover letter stating that you hold a 2021 interim visa and wish to change employment.