COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) NOTICE

TDA Immigration will be partially operational during the COVID-19 alert level 4 shutdown. The TDA head office is not open or accessible for any reason. TDA staff will continue to operate remotely to carry out client services. Enquiries may be made by phone or e-mail in the first instance:

Phone: 09 337 0380

Consultations are available via ZOOM video conference by appointment. Phone or e-mail to make an appointment. Initial consultations are free of charge.

Expiring Visas

Visas expiring between 1 April 2020 and 9 July 2020 will have their visas automatically extended to late September. Notification of visa extensions will be e-mailed by Immigration New Zealand. TDA will continue processing client applications whose visas are expiring to extend them beyond September.

Clients whose visas are expiring before 1 April 2020 must apply to extend their visas and will be granted an interim visa on application.

Required Documents

If required documents are unable to be provided to support an application due to the COVID-19 lockdown (e.g. medical), this will be notified to INZ on application. We understand INZ will accept the application without required documents where necessary. Required documents may then be supplied to Immigration New Zealand when practicable.

Immigration and Protection Tribunal Appeals

Immigration and Protection Tribunal appeal deadlines remain legally in force and cannot be extended by the Tribunal. Notice of appeals can be e-mailed to the Tribunal to meet the statutory deadline with hard copy of documents being couriered after the lockdown is lifted.

Sending documents to TDA Immigration

All clients must e-mail all documents to their immigration adviser first. When the lockdown is lifted documents can be couriered to TDA Immigration at:

TDA Immigration
Lower Ground Floor
441 Queen Street

Permanent residence for people affected by the Christchurch terrorist attacks

“A special visa category, Christchurch Response (2019) has been created to let people directly affected by the terrorist attacks at the Masjid Al Noor and Linwood mosques in Christchurch on 15 March stay permanently in New Zealand.

This new visa category recognises the impact of the tragedy on the lives of those most affected, and gives people currently on temporary and resident visas some certainty about their immigration status in New Zealand.”


Changes to post-study work rights

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is lees-galloway.jpgEffective 26 November 2018 a range of changes are being implemented to post-study work rights for international students.

These changes include:

  • remove the employer-assisted post-study work visas at all levels
  • provide a 1-year Post-study open work visa for students studying Level 4 to 6 and non-degree Level 7 qualifications, with an additional year for Graduate Diploma graduates who are working towards registration with a professional or trade body
  • provide a 2-year Post-study open work visa for students studying Level 4 to 6 and non-degree Level 7 qualifications outside Auckland, provided study is completed by December 2021, at which point the entitlement for post-study work rights reverts to a 1-year Post-study open work visa
  • provide a 3-year Post-study open work visa for degree Level 7 or above qualifications
  • require international students studying Level 8 qualifications to be in an area specified on the Long Term Skill Shortage list in order for their partner to be eligible for an open work visa.