Conditions

These are the conditions that you must meet once you have your visa.

Sponsorship

You must have an acceptable sponsor for a period of 5 years from your first day as a resident in New Zealand.

Acceptable sponsors

You must be sponsored by a religious organisation that’s:

  • registered as a charity
  • main purpose is to advance religion.

Travel

You can travel in and out of New Zealand as often as you like for a period of 5 years from your first day as a resident in New Zealand, which is when your travel conditions expire.

To travel after that, you will need to apply for and be granted either:

  • a Permanent Resident visa
  • a variation of your travel conditions, which would allow you to return to New Zealand at a later date.

For information about applying for a permanent resident visa or a variation of travel conditions, read:

Guide for Resident or Former Resident Visa Holders (INZ 1176)

Application from a Resident or Former Resident Visa Holder (INZ 1175)

If you’re outside of New Zealand when your travel conditions expire, your visa will expire as well.

Keep your visa in a valid passport

If you want to travel, your visa must be in a valid passport.

If your passport expires, you must apply to transfer your visa to a new passport before you can travel.

Transferring my visa to a new passport

To transfer your visa, you must:

  • send us your old and new passports
  • complete an ‘Application for Transfer or Confirmation of a Visa’
  • pay a transfer fee.

 

Application for Transfer or Confirmation of a Visa (INZ 1023)

Fees, decision times and where to apply

Work

For 5 years from your first day as a resident in New Zealand, you can only do the specific religious work, for the specific sponsoring religious organisation, in the specific location detailed in the employment agreement and/or job description that was the basis for us to grant your resident visa.

After that, you can work in any employment for any employer.

You can apply for a variation of conditions to allow you to do religious work for another religious organisation, if:

  • it’s a registered charity
  • its main purpose is advancing religion
  • it can offer ongoing religious work
  • it is an acceptable sponsor
  • it agrees to meet all its sponsorship obligations by completing a 'Sponsorship Form for Religious Workers'.

Acceptable sponsors

Sponsorship Form for Religious Workers INZ 1190

Study

You can study in New Zealand.