If you find yourself in New Zealand with only 48 hours until your work visa expires, don't panic. There are a few things you can do to ensure a smooth transition and avoid any legal issues.
The first step is to check the conditions of your visa. These will be listed on your visa label or in your eVisitor record if you applied online. Make sure you understand what conditions you need to meet, as this will determine what options are available to you.
If your work visa is about to expire and you want to stay in New Zealand, your best option is to apply for a new visa. You can do this online or at a New Zealand visa office. You will need to provide supporting documents, such as proof of employment or an offer of employment, and pay the application fee. There is no guarantee that your application will be successful, but it is worth trying if you want to stay in New Zealand.
The best option would be to hire a licensed immigration adviser like Provisas asap.
If you don't want to or can't apply for a new visa, you will need to leave New Zealand before your current visa expires. You can do this by flying out of the country or travelling to Australia and then leaving from there. Make sure you leave enough time to sort out any travel arrangements and to say goodbye to friends and family. If you overstay your visa, you may be liable for a fine or be banned from returning to New Zealand in the future.
So there you have it, a few options for what to do if your work visa expires in 48 hours. If you have any questions, make sure to Book a consultation with us.
Provisas is a team of licensed immigration advisers who can help you with your visa application. We can provide advice on which visa is best for you, help you with the application process, and represent you if your application is declined. Contact us today to Book a consultation.