Getting a visa, Dealing with Immigration New Zealand, Being deported
What this chapter covers
In this chapter, we explain how New Zealand's immigration system works, including:
- when you're allowed to apply for a visa and when you're not (see “Accessing the immigration system: Who can apply for a visa and who can't”)
- the different types of visa, and what each type allows you to do (see the two main sections in this chapter “Temporary Visas: Working, studying or visiting for a limited time” and “Residence Class Visas: Living in New Zealand permanently”)
- some special visas available to migrants in cases of family/domestic violence or human trafficking, and for people directly affected by the Christchurch shootings and their families (see “Family violence, vulnerable migrants, and other special visa policies”)
- what your options are if your visa has expired and you're now here unlawfully (illegally) (see “If you're here illegally: Understanding your options”)
- when and how you can be deported from New Zealand (see “Deportation: Being made to leave New Zealand”)
- when and how you can challenge decisions by Immigration New Zealand (see “Challenging a Temporary Visa decision”, “Challenging residence decisions”, and “Appealing against deportation”).
Special visa category for people affected by Christchurch shootings and their families
Immigration New Zealand has created a permanent residence visa category specially for those directly affected by the shootings at the Masjid Al Noor and Linwood mosques, as well as their families. It's called the “Christchurch Response 2019” category. This chapter includes a summary of this special category and who it covers: see “Christchurch shootings: People directly affected and their families”.
Victims of the attacks and their families can also get different kinds of support from ACC and other organisations. For more information see “Christchurch shootings: Support for victims” in the chapter “Accident Compensation (ACC)”.