Migrant Exploitation Protection Work Visa

Visa details

If you have reported exploitation while on an employer supported work visa, apply for this visa to leave your job while the exploitation is being investigated.

Length of stay
Up to

6 months


NZD $0

Processing time
is a
high priority
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 6 months depending on the time remaining on your current visa.
  • You cannot include your partner or dependent children in your visa application, but they can apply for visas based on their relationship to you.
    Dependent children

Who can apply

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

View All Evidence


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.

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


You must be in New Zealand

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


You must provide proof of your identity

Acceptable photos

  1. 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.


You must be in good health

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


You must be of good character

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

  1. 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

Your work visa

You must have a current work visa that specifies the name of your employer on it.

If you do not hold a work visa that is linked to your employer, you cannot apply for this visa. For example, if you hold an open work visa, a limited visa or an interim visa.

Process and costs

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.

Employment New Zealand assesses your report

If Employment New Zealand find your report credible, they will give you a Report of Exploitation Assessment letter.

You send us your visa application

You must complete a Migrant Exploitation Protection Visa application form (INZ 1370) and send it to us with a copy of the Report of Exploitation Assessment letter given to you by Employment New Zealand.

Immigration costs

Application cost – There is no fee.

We make a decision about your application

Your application for a Migrant Exploitation Protection Visa will be determined by immigration officers who have received specialist training on this category.

If there is anything else you need to do, we will be in touch.

Timeframes - Processing
is a high priority

You must apply for this visa in New Zealand. This visa is a priority for us.

How to submit

Payment methods and receiving centre details if applicable.

How to apply

Postal address

Immigration New Zealand
PO Box 76895
Manukau City
Auckland 2241
New Zealand

Courier address

Immigration NZ
DX Box: EP71514
20 Fairfax Avenue
Auckland 1061
New Zealand


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


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.