Home » News & Articles » The 2021 Interim Visa’s Limitations Explained

The 2021 Interim Visa’s Limitations Explained

by | Feb 17, 2022 | Articles, Employers, Individuals & Families, News & Articles

Estimated Reading Time: 3 mins

The Update

Recently, Immigration New Zealand confirmed that 2021 Interim Visas will be issued to most of those who have applied for their 2021 Resident Visa before the expiry of their current temporary visa, are currently in New Zealand, but have chosen not to apply for another temporary visa.

This article will explain the limitations of the 2021 Interim Visa.

The 2021 Interim Visa Is Not Guaranteed

The 2021 Interim Visa cannot be applied for, nor is it guaranteed. This is because the Minister of Immigration (or Immigration Officer with the delegated authority) has absolute discretion. This means that there is no right of appeal against a decision not to grant a 2021 Interim Visa. Often visa holders with existing immigration compliance actions underway or warnings against their name in Immigration New Zealand’s system will not be automatically granted an interim visa in general. The 2021 Interim Visa is no different.

A Holder Of A 2021 Interim Visa Cannot Apply For Another Visa

A holder of a 2021 Interim Visa cannot apply for a visa of any other class or type. For example, if a closed work visa holder (where the job title, employer, and location are listed on the work visa) is subsequently granted a 2021 Interim Visa, the same closed work conditions will apply. This effectively means that the applicant cannot apply for another visa while on the 2021 Interim Visa and will likely need to remain in their job (with the same employer and location) until their 2021 Resident Visa has been approved.

The 2021 Interim Visa Has An Expiry Date That Is Outcome Dependent

If the 2021 Interim Visa holder’s 2021 Resident Visa is approved, then the 2021 Interim Visa will be cancelled upon the approval of the holder’s 2021 Resident Visa. If the 2021 Interim Visa holder’s 2021 Resident Visa is declined or withdrawn, the 2021 Interim Visa will expire 2 months after the date the 2021 Resident Visa is declined or withdrawn. If the 2021 Interim Visa holder’s 2021 Resident Visa is still under consideration 12 months after the 2021 Interim Visa’s start date, the 2021 Interim Visa will still expire 12 months from the 2021 Interim Visa’s start date.

As 2021 Interim Visa holders cannot apply for a visa of any other class or type, if their application is declined or withdrawn, they will either need to leave the country before their 2021 Interim Visa expires or become unlawful.

The 2021 Interim Visa Will Expire If The Holder Leaves New Zealand

The 2021 Interim Visa is a ‘bridging visa’ to allow for most 2021 Resident Visa holders to stay in New Zealand lawfully while they await their 2021 Resident Visa decision in New Zealand. If the 2021 Interim Visa holder leaves New Zealand, the 2021 Interim Visa will expire upon the holder’s departure. This means they then have to either wait for their 2021 Resident Visa to be approved from offshore or apply for another temporary visa (possibly a border exemption too, depending on the border restrictions in place at the time of their intended return to New Zealand) to re-enter New Zealand.

Think Before Accepting A 2021 Interim Visa

Overall, any 2021 Resident Visa applicant should think carefully before they accept the 2021 Interim Visa. It will suit some applicants, but not all applicants.

How We Can Help

This article was written to provide general guidance only. It is correct at as the date of this article and is subject to further updates. Stay Legal is always happy to provide immigration guidance and solutions. If you have any questions about the 2021 Interim Visa, please do not hesitate to contact us. Please call us +64 7 575 2882 or email hello@staylegal.co.nz.

A Guide For Employers: The Accredited Employer Work Visa Job Check Explained

Background From 4 July 2022, employers who have gained Employer Accreditation and completed the relevant Job Check(s) will be able to start supporting migrant workers on Accredited Employer Work Visas. This includes new migrant workers (including ones from offshore)...

A Guide For Employers: The Accredited Employer Work Visa Compulsory Employer Accreditation Explained

Background From 4 July 2022, employers who have gained Employer Accreditation and completed the relevant Job Check(s) will be able to start supporting migrant workers on Accredited Employer Work Visas. This includes new migrant workers (including ones from offshore)...

Recent Key Border & Accredited Employer Work Visa Updates Explained

The Announcement Immigration New Zealand has recently made a number of key announcements. This article will examine the recent 1.5 times the median wage ‘Other Critical Worker’ border exception and explain the recent Accredited Employer Work Visa announcements. 1.5...

Stay Legal Presents At The Auckland District Law Society’s Immigration Law Seminar

Stay Legal’s Principal Immigration Lawyer, Lauren Qiu, was invited to present at the Auckland District Law Society's ‘2021 Resident Visa & Other Immigration Changes: A Practical Guide For Lawyers & Advisers’ seminar, held on 16 February 2022. The seminar was...

New Zealand’s 5 Stage Border Reopening Plan Explained

The Update On 3 February 2022, the Government announced New Zealand’s 5 Step Border Reopening Plan. This article will explain the announcement. Please note that the full policy has yet to be released, therefore we strongly recommend that applicants wait for the full...

Let's Talk

Phone: +64 7 575 2882
Email: hello@staylegal.co.nz
Visit: Ground Floor,
Room 4/36 Cameron Road,
Tauranga Central,
Tauranga 3110
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
Share This