Guide on Appeal to Immigration and Protection Tribunal

You may have a right of appeal to bring a case to IPT and have your case heard.

If you want to learn about Appeal to Immigration and Protection Tribunal, you've come to the right place.

This guide has everything you need to understand the basics of Appeal to Immigration and Protection Tribunal. You'll also find links to useful resources from our blog and video throughout, so you can plan your next steps.

What is it?

If you have applied for New Zealand residence but the application has been declined by Immigration New Zealand, you will have a right of IPT appeal within 42 days of the date of decision under the Immigration Act 2009.

There are other situations that will give you grounds to lodge an appeal to IPT, such as humanitarian grounds. There may be a different appeal form and the time frame depending on your circumstance.

Appeals lodged will be heard by the Immigration and Protection Tribunal which is part of the Ministry of Justice. You will need to show how Immigration New Zealand's decision to decline your application was incorrect, and/or whether there are exceptional circumstances which warrant the grant of residence visa regardless.

You will need to make references to the relevant immigration instructions and past Immigration and Protection Tribunal decisions back up your case.

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Last modified on 9 September 2023 by
Michael Yoon
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