If your temporary (work, study, visitor) visa expires, and you have not yet left New Zealand or received a new visa then technically you are unlawfully in New Zealand.
Even if you had an interim visa while you were waiting for the outcome of your visa application, as soon as your visa is declined your interim visa expired and you are unlawful in New Zealand. Then what do you do?
Two possible options you have. The first one is to leave New Zealand voluntarily without having been issued the deportation order. The other one is applying for Section 61 which refers to the Immigration Act 20019’s section 61.
A person who became unlawful in New Zealand which means he or she has no valid visa, the person can apply to Immigration NZ under section 61. However, once you are served with a deportation order, you cannot apply Section 61.
Your section 61 application will be assessed by the minister of immigration or senior managers who were given the discretionary power by the minister. Immigration NZ will accept the application but has no obligation to consider the request nor provide reasons to approve or decline the request under the name of absolute discretion.
As you can see from the table below the number of approval of section 61 cases has been declining.
If you are in this situation, please do contact us who are specialised in this area. In your life, you have a moment which requires an expert advice, and this is the time as you only have one chance.