Interim visa conditions

The conditions of your interim visa will depend on the kind of visa you had before we granted your interim visa, and the kind of visa you applied for.

Your last visa Visa applied for Interim Visa conditions
Visitor Visitor Visitor
Visitor Work Visitor
Visitor Student Student (open)
Student Visitor Visitor
Student Work Visitor
Student Student Student (open)
Work Visitor Visitor
Work Student Student (open)
Work (employment specific) Work (employment-specific - same employer, position and location) Same work conditions as  your last visa
Work (employment specific) Work (employment-specific - different employer, position and location) Visitor
Work (employment specific) Work (open) Visitor
Work (open) Work (open - same kind of open visa) Work (open)
Work (open) Work (open - different kind of open visa) Visitor
Work (open) Work (employer-specific) Visitor
Military, Diplomatic, Consular, Official Same kind of Diplomatic, Official, Consular, or Military Visa Same conditions as your last visa
Military, Diplomatic, Consular, Official Any other kind of temporary entry  visa Visitor

 

Employment- specific work conditions

Employer-specific work visas allow you to work:

  • in a specific job 
  • for a specific-employer 
  • in a specific location.

Work (open) conditions

Open work conditions allow you to work:

  • in any job
  • for any employer 
  • in any New Zealand location.

You may be granted a visa with open work conditions if you:

  • are an asylum seeker
  • have a post-study work visa – open
  • are the partner of someone who has a New Zealand Work Visa 
  • are the partner someone who has  a New Zealand Student Visa
  • are a victim of domestic violence
  • came to New Zealand as part of a mass arrival group
  • are a victim of people trafficking
  • are in New Zealand on a Working Holiday Visa and you’re applying for an extension for the balance of time you’re allowed to stay in New Zealand  on your scheme  (Canada and United kingdom only).

Student (open) conditions

Open student conditions allow you to study:

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

Visitor conditions

You can’t work on a visitor visa.

You can study for up to 3 months in any 12-month period.

Variations of conditions

If you varied the conditions of your last visa you apply for the same kind of visa and that visa is a student or work visa, the variation will apply to your interim visa too. 

If you varied the conditions of your last visa and that visa was a visitor visa, the variation will only apply to your interim visa if it was granted on the basis of your guardianship of a student.

Examples
You hold a Visitor Visa and have applied for a Student Visa to study a diploma in business for Good College in Auckland. 

Your Interim Visa conditions are Student (open) and allow you to study at any course in New Zealand.

You can start studying at Good College while you wait for your Student Visa application to be completed.

You have an Essential Skills Work Visa that allows you work as a Patternmaker for Good Tailors in Christchurch. You have applied for a Work Visa based on your partnership with your wife who holds a Work Visa. Your Interim Visa conditions are ‘Visitor’. You’re not allowed to work until your new Work Visa application is approved.
You have a Working Holiday Visa and have applied for a Work Visa based on your partnership with a New Zealand resident.

Your Interim Conditions are Visitor. You’re not allowed to work until your new Work Visa is granted.

You had an Essential Skills Work Visa to work as dental assistant for Nice Smile Dentists in Hamilton. You applied fora 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’re 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) and allow you to keep working as a Dental Assistant for Good Teeth Dentists in Hamilton while we assess your new visa application.