Changing the conditions of a temporary visa

If the conditions of your work, student or visitor visa no longer suit your situation, you may be able to apply for a variation of conditions.

Temporary visas such as work, student or visitor visas are granted with conditions telling you what you are allowed to do while you’re on the visa. These conditions can be things like working in a particular job or studying at a particular education provider.

If your visa conditions no longer match your circumstances, you may apply to change your conditions. We call this a variation of conditions. However, in some situations, you may need to apply for a new visa instead.

Criteria for a variation of conditions

We can only vary the conditions of your visa if the new conditions you are asking for align with the reason your visa was originally granted. For example, we may be able to vary the conditions of your student visa to study a different course, but if you want to stop studying and start working full-time you must apply for a work visa.

The information you need to provide with your variation of conditions application depends on your circumstances.

Applying for a variation

Send your variation of conditions form, the appropriate fee and any supporting evidence to the branch recorded in the Fees, decision times and where to apply tool.

If you applied for your visitor visa using enhanced Immigration Online you can use your Immigration Online account to apply for a variation of conditions.

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

Fees, decision times and where to apply