Section 61 Requests
If your visa has expired, you will be considered to be unlawfully in New Zealand. The grant of visa under S61 is discretionary and not a person's right. INZ is under no obligation to consider, grant or give explanation in this regard. However, if you believe you have special circumstances, we can assist you with submitting a Section 61 Request for a visa that is appropriate to your circumstances.
It is important to note that requests are only granted in some cases, and if you have already received a Deportation Order a visa cannot be granted under any circumstances.
You will need to provide the following information:
your personal details — full name, date of birth, and Immigration New Zealand (INZ) client number;
your contact details — email address, phone number, and postal address;
a reasonable explanation with supporting evidence as to why you remained in New Zealand after your visa expired;
details of your personal circumstances, such as your family or work, that support your reasons for wanting to stay in New Zealand;
how staying in New Zealand could contribute to this country, particularly if you would like to stay here for a long time; and
what type of visa you would like, and how long you wish to stay.
You will not have to pay a fee to Immigration New Zealand unless your request is approved. Click here for more information.