Information about Migrant Exploitation Protection Work Visa

You can apply for this visa if you have an employer supported work visa and have reported exploitation. This visa allows you to leave your job quickly while the exploitation is being investigated. 

Overview

Overview

Length of stay

Up to 6 months


With this visa you can

  • Leave your current job quickly while the exploitation is being investigated. 
  • Work anywhere in New Zealand for any employer.

Things to note

  • Before you can apply for this visa you must have your report of exploitation assessed by Employment New Zealand and have been given a Report of Exploitation Assessment letter.
    Report migrant exploitation.
  • You should apply for this visa within 1 month of receiving a Report of Exploitation Assessment letter.
  • You do not have to pay fees or supply medical or police certificates to apply for this visa.
  • This visa will be granted for up to six months depending on the time remaining on your current visa.
  • You cannot include dependent children in your visa application, but they can apply for visas based on their relationship to you.

Dependent children

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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Exploitation

You have reported exploitation

You must have your report of exploitation assessed by Employment New Zealand. You can report exploitation by calling 0800 200 088 or filling in the form on their website.

Report Migrant Exploitation

Employment New Zealand will give eligible migrants a Report of Exploitation Assessment Letter which must be submitted when you apply for this visa.

You should apply for this visa within 1 month of receiving your Report of Exploitation Assessment Letter.

Location

You must be in New Zealand

We will check our records to confirm you are in New Zealand.

Identity

You must provide proof of your identity

Acceptable photos

You may provide your original passport or a certified copy when you submit your application. If you provide a certified copy, we may request your original passport to complete your application.

Health

You must be in good health

We may ask you to complete a medical examination after you have submitted your application.

Character

You must be of good character

We may ask you to provide further information after you’ve submitted your application.

When we review your application, we will ignore breaches to your visa conditions, or false, misleading, forged or withheld information if it happened as a result of the exploitation we are investigating.

Genuine intentions

You must genuinely intend to meet the conditions of your visa

When we decide if your intentions are genuine (bona fide), we consider all the information:

  • you provide to support your application
  • we have about your personal circumstances, and
  • you provided in any previous applications.

Genuine intentions to visit, study or work in NZ

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 once you have your visa.

Travel

You can travel in and out of New Zealand until your visa expires.

Work

You can work in any employment you like, as long as:

  • the work you do is legal
  • you do not provide commercial sexual services
  • you do not invest or operate in a business that provides commercial sexual services
  • you have any occupational registration that is needed to do that work in New Zealand.

Occupational registration

Visa expiry

You must leave New Zealand before your visa expires.

If you want to stay longer, you can apply for another visa.