The Minister of Immigration has decided to lapse visa applications that cannot be approved due to the ongoing border restrictions. Immigration New Zealand (INZ) will refund application fees and levies for people who applied for a temporary visa from outside New Zealand before or after 10 August 2020.
Immigration New Zealand currently has about 50,000 temporary visa applications on hand that will be refunded mainly visitor, student and work visa applications.
Applicants already in New Zealand whose existing temporary visa was automatically extended by special direction will be contacted by INZ. They can choose to withdraw or proceed with their application.
The affected visa applicants do not have to ask for a refund as INZ will email them or their representative over the next few months when their refund is being processed.
For applications submitted and paid online, the credit card used will be refunded. If a third party has made the payment on the applicant’s behalf (such as a Licensed Immigration Adviser), it is the applicant & representative’s responsibility to arrange reimbursement of the refund as INZ will not mediate between them. In some cases, INZ may need the refund request form to be completed to make sure the refund is given to the correct bank account.
If you have any queries or would need more clarification regarding this, please contact please contact Immigration Advisers New Zealand Ltd by sending an email at email@example.com or call us on +64 09 3790219.
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