Conditions on an Interim Visa

The conditions on an Interim Visa — that is, what you can do on that visa — depend on the type of visa you had before and the type of visa you are applying for next.

If your last visa was a visitor visa

Your Interim Visa has the same conditions as a visitor visa if you are applying for:

  • a new visitor visa, or
  • a work visa.

For example, you have a Visitor Visa and have applied for a work visa based on your partnership with a New Zealand resident. Your Interim Visa will have the same conditions as your Visitor Visa. You cannot work until you have a work visa.

Visitor Visa — conditions

If you are applying for a student visa, your Interim Visa will have the same conditions as a student visa with open conditions.

Example

You had a visitor visa and are applying for a student visa to study a diploma in business for Good College in Auckland. Your Interim Visa gives you the same conditions as an open student visa. You can start studying at Good College while you wait for your student visa application to be completed.

If your last visa was a student visa

Your Interim Visa has the same conditions as a visitor visa if you are applying for:

  • a Visitor Visa, or
  • a work visa.

Visitor Visa — conditions

If you are applying for another student visa, your Interim Visa will have the same conditions as a student visa with open conditions.

With open conditions you can study:

  • any course
  • at any education provider
  • in any New Zealand location.

If your last visa was a work visa and you want to visit

If you are applying for a Visitor Visa, your Interim Visa will have the same conditions as a Visitor Visa.

Visitor Visa — conditions

If your last visa was a work visa and you want to study

If you are applying for a student visa, your Interim Visa will have the same conditions as a student visa with open conditions.

With open conditions you can study:

  • any course
  • at any education provider
  • in any New Zealand location.

If your last visa was an employer-specific work visa

If you are applying for a new work visa, your Interim Visa will have the same conditions as a Visitor Visa if you:

  • want to work for a different employer, in a different job or location, or
  • are applying for an open work visa.

If you are applying for a Visitor Visa, your Interim Visa will have the same conditions as a Visitor Visa.

Visitor Visa — conditions

If you are applying for a new work visa and will stay in the same job and location, and work for the same employer, the conditions on your Interim Visa will be the same as your current work visa.

Example — changing location to work for a different employer

You had an Essential Skills Work Visa to work as dental assistant for Nice Smile Dentists in Hamilton. You applied for a variation of conditions and we approved it to allow you to work as a dental assistant for another employer, Good Teeth Dentists in Hamilton. You are now applying for a new Essential Skills Work Visa to continue working as a dental assistant for your new employer, Good Teeth Dentists in Hamilton.

Your Interim Visa conditions are Work (employer specific — same employer, position and location). You can keep working as a Dental Assistant for Good Teeth Dentists in Hamilton while we assess your new visa application.

Example — applying for an open work visa

You have an Essential Skills Work Visa that lets you work as a pattern-maker for Good Tailors in Christchurch. You have applied for an open work visa based on your partnership with your wife who holds a work visa. Your Interim Visa will have the same conditions as a Visitor Visa. You are not allowed to work until we approve your application for a new work visa.

If your last visa was an open work visa

If you are applying for the same type of open work visa as you already have, your Interim Visa conditions will be the same as your current visa.

If you are applying for another work visa, your Interim Visa will have the same conditions as a Visitor Visa if you apply for:

  • a different type of open work visa, or
  • an employer-specific work visa.

If you are applying for a Visitor Visa, your Interim Visa will have the same conditions as a Visitor Visa.

Visitor Visa — conditions

If your last visa was a military, diplomatic, consular or official visa

If you are applying for the same visa you already have, your Interim Visa conditions will be the same as your current visa.

Your Interim Visa will have the same conditions as a Visitor Visa if you apply for any other type of temporary visa to work, study or stay as a visitor.

If you varied the conditions of your last visa

If you varied the conditions of your last visa the same conditions will apply to your Interim Visa if you are applying for:

  • the same student visa
  • the same work visa, or
  • a Guardian of a Student Visitor Visa.

How to check the conditions of your visa