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Below is a glossary of terms found in information on immigration to New Zealand.
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A visa is an endorsement by a visa officer in a passport or certificate of identity, or in the case of an electronically issued visa, an entry made and retained in the records of the Department of Labour, that indicates that the visa officer, at the time of issuing the visa, knows of no reason why the holder of the passport or certificate of identity should not be granted the relevant permit.
A visa merely entitles a person to travel to New Zealand and is not, nor does it have the effect of, a permit; nor does it entitle the holder to a permit as of right.
A temporary visa authorises the granting of a temporary permit until a specified date or for a specified time, provided that an application has been made and any conditions stipulated in the visa have been met.
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