Upgrade your licence
You can apply to upgrade your limited or provisional immigration licence if you meet the upgrade criteria.
A limited licence holder may apply to upgrade to a full licence, or a provisional licence holder may apply to upgrade to a full or limited licence, if:
- they hold an approved qualification that was commenced in or before February 2015 and completed within the 12 months prior to the upgrade application being lodged, or
- they hold an approved qualification and they have held a provisional licence for two years.
A limited or provisional licence holder may apply to upgrade their licence at any time.
A licence upgrade takes effect from either the date of expiry of the previous licence or the date on which the upgrade is granted, whichever occurs first.
Steps to upgrade
Please note that the Upgrade form is currently not available online. The Authority must receive the licence application either:
- by mail delivered by a recognised postal service
- by prepaid courier or
- over the counter at the office of the Authority, during normal business hours.
Please ensure you have completed your form fully and attached all supporting documents. Incomplete applications will be returned.
|Licence upgrade costs|
|Costs||Ordinarily resident in NZ (including GST)||Not ordinarily resident in NZ|
|Licence upgrade fee||NZ$546.89||NZ$475.56|