Lodging a residence application does not mean you can let your temporary class visa expire.
You must be on a valid visa at all times while in NZ. If your temporary visa expires while your residence is in process, you are liable for deportation.
If your temporary entry class visa expires while in NZ, the processing of your residence application must be suspended under section 169 (3) of the Immigration Act 2009..
Before your current visa expires, you can:
To obtain a further visa, you must meet the current policy requirements of the visa type you wish to apply for. Please refer to the visit, study and work sections of our website for more information.
You may also refer to the Related Questions listed below, for specific information on extending temporary class visas.
This answer was last updated on 22 March, 2013.
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