Information about Interim Visa

An interim visa allows you to stay in New Zealand while we assess your application for another temporary visa. You must have applied for another temporary visa before your previous visa expired. You don't need to apply for an interim visa - we usually grant them automatically. An interim visa may allow you to continue working or studying – it'll depend on the visa you've applied for and the visa you had before.

Overview

Overview

Length of stay

Up to 6 months


You can

  • Stay in New Zealand while we assess your application for another visa.
  • Depending on your situation, you may be able to continue working or studying too.

Things to note

  • You can’t apply for an interim visa, it will be granted automatically if you’re eligible.
  • Your interim visa will be granted electronically. There won’t be a physical visa label in your passport.
  • Your interim visa will start when your current visa expires.
  • We only grant interim visas to people who have applied for temporary visas.
Criteria

Meeting the criteria

The criteria and evidence below will provide you with the information you need to meet the requirements.

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Current temporary visa

You must have a current work, student or visitor visa

We’ll use our records to check you have a current visa.

New visa application

You must have applied for another work, student or visitor visa

We must receive your new visa application and have accepted it for processing before your current visa expires. For us to accept it for processing, you must make sure you include all the documents we ask for with your application.

If we don’t receive your completed visa application before your visa expires, you won’t be eligible for an interim visa.

If you’ve applied for a resident visa, and you think your visa may expire before we make a decision about your residence application, you should apply for a temporary visa too. That way you’ll be eligible for an interim visa if you need one.

Outside New Zealand

You must be in New Zealand

We’ll check our records to confirm you’re in New Zealand.

Process

Process

The information below will help you understand the process so you can plan ahead and have the best chance of submitting a complete application.

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Fees & receiving centre

Fees & receiving centre

The information below will help you understand the process, timeframes and costs involved in applying for this visa, so you can plan ahead and have the best chance of submitting a complete application.

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Conditions

Conditions

These are the conditions that you must meet.

Travel

If you leave New Zealand, your interim visa will expire.

No new visa applications

You can’t apply for another visa while in New Zealand on an interim visa.

If you want to apply for a different visa from the one you’ve already applied for, you can only apply for it:

  • after we’ve made a decision about the application we’ve accepted for processing
  • if you still hold a valid visa.

Work or Study

You can only work or study if allowed by the conditions of your interim visa.

Your interim visa conditions will depend on the kind of visa you had when you were granted your interim visa and the kind of visa you applied for.

Interim Visa Conditions

Visa expiry

You must leave New Zealand before your visa expires.

Your interim visa will expire:

  • if we approve your application and grant you a visa, or
  • 21 days after your application is declined, or withdrawn, or
  • after 6 months, if no decision has been made in 6 months.

If your visa expires and you are not granted an interim visa, you must leave New Zealand.

If your interim visa expires and you haven’t been granted a new visa, you must leave New Zealand