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Character Waiver

If you have certain character issues, you may not be eligible to a apply for a visa unless a character waiver has been granted by Immigration New Zealand.

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Medical Waiver

If you have certain medical issues, you may not be eligible to apply for a visa unless a medical waiver has been granted by Immigration New Zealand.

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Reconsideration

If your visa application has been declined, but you are still holding a valid visa, then you may be able to apply for a reconsideration of the decline decision.

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Section 61 Request

If your visa has run out and therefore you're overstaying, then you can't lodge visa applications the usual way. It must be lodged in line with s61 of the Immigration Act 2009. You should take particular care with the submission as this type of applications is quite difficult.

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Complain to Immigration New Zealand

If you feel that you have been treated unfairly by Immigration New Zealand, you can lodge a complaint through the internal complaints procedure.

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Complain to the Ombudsman's Office

If your complaint has not been resolved by Immigraiton New Zealand, you can raise the issue further through the Ombudsman's Office which will review whether the decision reached by Immigration New Zealand was fair or not.

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Appeal to the Immigration and Protection Tribunal

If you have been declined your residence application then you may want to consider lodging an appeal. Immigration New Zealand does get it wrong quite often so it may be worth the try. We have had many cases where the Immigration and Protection Tribunal decided in our favour.

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Appeal to the Minister of Immigration

As the last resort, if you believe that you have compelling grounds to be considered, you may raise the matter to the attention of the Minister of Immigration

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