An interim New Zealand Visa is now available for those waiting to have their visa application processed.
08 February 2011
Interim New Zealand Visa now in effect will aid migrants
The new interim visa policy is now in effect in New Zealand, allowing migrants waiting for their visas to be renewed to continue working and stay in the country.
New Zealand Immigration Minister Jonathan Coleman said previously there had been issues with people having their immigration status lapse while waiting for a New Zealand Visa to be processed.
“The new interim visas mean that if they have an application in with Immigration New Zealand, they are still legally allowed to remain in the country on the terms of their original visa while that application is being processed.
“Of course this provides certainty for the individual involved, but it also works for their employer, as an applicant is allowed to work legally while the paperwork is completed.”
Dr Coleman said the interim visa would also benefit fee-paying foreign students by allowing them to continue studying while applying for visas to further their studies.
The validity of police and medical certificates was also being extended from two years to three years.
Dr Coleman said these changes would smooth the enrolment process for education providers and help boost the $2 billion a year export education market.
The New Zealand Visa Bureau is an independent consulting company specialising in helping people with their New Zealand Visa applications to the New Zealand Embassy.