Section 61 Requests
What to Do If Your New Zealand Visa Expires?
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some frequently asked questions concerning Section 61 requests addressed for your convenience.
How to Make a Section 61 request?
To make a Section 61 request, first you need to clearly explain your circumstances in a written form. It is advisable to provide relevant evidence for supporting your request. You need to provide the following information:
- Personal details such as name, date of birth and Immigration New Zealand (INZ) client number
- Contact details including phone number, email address, and postal address
- An explanation behind why you are overstaying in New Zealand after the expiration of your visa
- Circumstantial details supporting your reason to stay longer in New Zealand
- How your stay in New Zealand will contribute to the country if you are willing to stay there for a longer duration
You should have a copy of the page in which you have mentioned your personal details in your passport. Moreover, you don’t need to send your original passport. As for supporting documents, you don’t need to provide anything extra. Unless you have the approval for your Section 61 request, you don’t need to pay any fees to Immigration New Zealand.
How is a Section 61 request assessed?
The assessment of a Section 61 request is not the same as assessing a regular visa application. A senior immigration officer handles all the requests at the INZ Manukau Area Office. The immigration officer has no obligation for considering your request. According to the law, they don’t have to
- Give a reason behind their final decision
- Raise inquiries about the data you submitted supporting the request
- Grant you the visa type you asked for in your request – for instance, you might get a visitor visa even if you applied for a work visa
- Give you a particular visa even if you are meeting the required criteria
How long does it take to assess a Section 61 request?
Every case for a Section 61 request is different. Each request requires different duration for assessment and there is no stipulated time frame.
What to do if your Section 61 request is not approved?
If your Section 61 request is not approved, you immediately have to leave New Zealand. The authorities will serve you with a deportation order if you do not make your exit voluntarily.
Is it possible to appeal a Section 61 decision?
What to do if your Section 61 request is approved?
If your Section 61 request is approved, you have to pay the visa fees and the correct fee for anyone else you included in your application. If you haven’t provided your card details, the authorities will contact you to do the same.