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.
With this visa 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.
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 be valid from the day your current visa expires, up until the day we make a decision about your new visa application, or up to 6 months.
Immigration NZ only grant Interim Visas to people who have applied for temporary visas.
Extend the currency of interim visas (from 27 August 2018)
Interim visas are granted to people in New Zealand whose application for a further temporary visa has not been determined when their previous visa expires. Instructions about the currency of interim visas have been amended so that once an interim visa is valid, it will expire 21 days after the further temporary visa application is declined or withdrawn, or after 6 months if the application is not decided (or withdrawn) in that time.
What does this change mean?
Currently, while you are on an interim visa then your temporary visa application is declined, your interim visa will be automatically expired then you become unlawful.
With this change, you can have an extra three weeks. It means you can apply for a reconsideration which was not possible in the past.