In the recent Amendment Circular INZ has outlined that certain types of work visas can now be granted for a period exceeding the expiry date of the applicant’s passport so that eligibility to publicly-funded health care is easier to establish.
If an applicant has been approved a work visa for 24 months or longer, they may be granted the full duration of their visa, regardless of the applicant’s passport expiration date. If a visa is granted beyond the expiry of the passport, the holder must be informed in writing that their visa must be transferred into their new passport if they wish to travel in or out of New Zealand on their new passport.
All immigration officers dealing with immigration applications should read the amendments and operate in accordance with the amended instructions on and after 17 November 2014.
The amendments described in this circular will be published in the Immigration New Zealand Operational Manual in due course.
Any enquiries about these amendments should be directed to the Immigration Contact Centre on 0508 558 855 or 09 914 4100 (Auckland only).
Remember, if you have received a letter from INZ about your visa application or think your visa may be declined or expire soon – the time to act is NOW. Call us on 0800 967 584 to you’re your FREE consultation. Our service is strictly confidential and we can guide you to take the right steps to avoid mistakes and put forward a strong case.
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