For many people, the holiday season is a time to spend with family and friends. However, during the past couple of years, restrictions related to COVID-19 have made it difficult for many people to travel. The New Zealand Government understands the challenges this has created, and they have made some changes to immigration instructions that will help people reunite with their loved ones.
Immigration New Zealand (INZ) is making changes so that 2021 Interim Visa holders can travel overseas. INZ has announced that applicants will now be able to travel on Interim Visa by requesting a new temporary visa to travel overseas while their 2021 Resident Visa application is being processed.
If granted a temporary visa to travel overseas, the applicant will be able to leave and re-enter New Zealand as many times as they want for the duration of the visa.
If you hold a 2021 Interim Visa, you can request a visa to travel so you can leave and return to New Zealand on the same visa. Your request will be considered under section 79(5) of the Immigration Act 2009. INZ will continue to process your 2021 Resident Visa while you are overseas.
Source: Immigration New Zealand website
It is important to know that if the applicant does not request a new visa before they leave, their 2021 Interim Visa will expire. To return to New Zealand for work or study, one would need to apply for a new visa or wait until your 2021 Resident Visa is approved.
Immigration New Zealand is committed to helping people stay connected with their families, and this update is one way of doing so.