Visa holders are not allowed to stay in New Zealand after their visa expires. They are under an obligation to leave New Zealand and are liable for deportation under the Immigration Act 2009. A person who is unlawfully in New Zealand has no lawful ability to make an application for a further visa.
If you are currently in New Zealand without a valid visa because it has expired, you could explore the option of applying for a visa under section 61 of the Immigration Act as a special case. However, this should be considered a last resort as it is typically intended for situations where all other visa options have been exhausted. Additionally, once you are served with a deportation order, you can NOT apply for this.
Your chances of success may be higher if you have compelling reasons for needing to stay in New Zealand. In such cases, Immigration New Zealand has complete discretion and is not bound by any specific rules when making a decision. If your application is rejected, you do not have the right to appeal. It's important to note that Immigration New Zealand is not obligated to consider your application, although in practice they generally do give it some consideration.
If you're currently living in New Zealand unlawfully and feeling overwhelmed, you've come to the right place.
The Section 61 Service by Immigration Trust can help you conquer your immigration battles and thrive with proven results. Our team of experts understands that every case is unique and requires a customized approach. We have an exceptional track record of understanding each case holistically and devising tailored strategies to deliver successful outcomes.
Here's what you can expect from our Section 61 Service:
- Unrivalled Expertise: We are the undisputed leaders in Section 61 expertise, with vast experience and knowledge in dealing with unlawful cases.
- Rapid Results: Time is crucial in resolving an unlawful case, and our well-crafted strategies deliver desired outcomes with unmatched speed.
- Empathetic Support: We understand how emotionally challenging unlawful cases can be, and our compassionate team provides personal, empathetic support to guide you through the process.
- Complete Transparency: We believe trust is everything, and our commitment to transparency ensures you're always in the loop with clear communication and updates on the progress of your case.
Don't let your immigration case shatter your dreams. Take charge and fight back with the Section 61 Service by Immigration Trust. Your future and everything you've worked for are on the line, so act now and contact our team of experts for a consultation. Let's reclaim the future you deserve in New Zealand!
"I was referred to Simon for help with a S61 request. I had become unlawful after a situation beyond my control. Simon explained we had a lot of work to do, it wasn’t going to be easy but we will do everything we can, and will work as a team. In just over 2 weeks I’ve been approved a 6 month work visa and I’ll be engaging later this week to progress my residency/further visa applications."