Applying for a New Zealand Visa: Requirements and Process

New Zealand is a beautiful country with incredible views, delicious foods and friendly people.

The process of a New Zealand visa application can sometimes be confusing, but this article will walk you through each step to get started on your journey to New Zealand!

New Zealand Visa Requirements

The following are the New Zealand visa requirements:

  • You must have a valid passport for at least 6 months from the date you plan to enter New Zealand. If your passport expires before it’s time for your application, you may need to apply for a new one before proceeding with applying for a visa. This can be done by visiting any local embassy or consulate office and submitting an application form (including proof of payment). If applicable, you should also bring along documents supporting this request, such as birth or marriage certificates.
  • You’ll also need specific supporting documentation when applying online through immigration.govt.nz website because they require this information when determining whether they approve or deny someone’s entry into their country—including evidence of employment status; income; accommodation costs; health insurance coverage (if applicable); proof of travel arrangements made before arrival at their border crossing point(s).

Apply for a New Zealand Visa

To apply for a New Zealand visa, you can do so online at the website of the New Zealand Consulate in your country. You will need to complete an application form, which takes about two minutes. After that, you will have to pay your visa fee (NZD 35).

You can also apply for a New Zealand visa via post to either:

  • The Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) or
  • The Passport Office at Parliament Buildings, Wellington.

Visa application process

If you’re planning to visit New Zealand, the first step is to apply for a visa.

You can do so by visiting the Immigration New Zealand website and filling out an application form.

Your passport must contain at least 6 months of validity from the date of arrival in New Zealand.

Once you’ve submitted your application, pay NZD 35 for each adult applicant and $10 for each child under 18 years old who will be travelling with you on a single-entry or multiple-entry visa.

Once Immigration New Zealand has received payment, they’ll process it within two working days—they’ll then send an email confirming receipt of payment before processing begins on your behalf!

The processing time varies depending on how many applications are being processed at any given time.

Still, most people say they receive their new visas within 10 working days during peak periods such as Christmas/New Year’s Day holidays when demand exceeds supply.”

Post Application Services

After submitting the visa application, you will receive an email containing your visa subclass code.

This is used to identify which visa subclass you are eligible for.

Also, other resources on this website are available that provide information about each visa subclass, such as directions and requirements associated with each type of application (e.g., medical examination).

Find out what migrant category your visa is in.

You should check the Immigration New Zealand website to find out your visa category.

You can also check the Immigration Act and Regulations for more information about your specific visa category.

Work out if your visa category requires a provisional visa.

If you are a citizen of a country that requires a provisional visa, you will need to apply for this first.

Provisional visas are free and require you to demonstrate that you meet the requirements for the visa you are applying for.

They’re valid for 12 months but can be extended by another six months at NZ$200 per year (or US$150).

Check for other requirements for your migrant category.

If you are aged 18 or over, you must have a police certificate. If you are under 18, then at least one of your parents or guardians needs to be able to provide this for you.

Both parties must be able to provide the necessary documents to apply for a visa for a partner or spouse (or sponsoring them).

Apply for your visa through Immigration Online.

You’ll need computer and internet access to apply for a New Zealand visa through Immigration Online.

Pay the fees for your application.

Once you have filled out the application form and sent it to Immigration New Zealand, they will contact you within 10 days.

They will send you an invitation letter to confirm your application has been received and processed.

Upload any supporting documents to Immigration Online to process your application.

You must upload any supporting documents to Immigration Online in the correct format.

  • The documents must be less than 10MB in size and English. If you don’t have access to a scanner, you can use the print button on your computer screen and scan it into a file before uploading it.
  • Your document should be uploaded as an image (.jpg/.png/.gif), not as a PDF file! Suppose your document was created using Adobe Reader or another similar application. In that case, it should already have been saved this way, so check if there’s any data loss when converting from one format (e.g., .pdf) into another (e.g., .jpg).
You can apply for a New Zealand Visa online, and different options are available depending on your situation.
Visa options include:
  • A temporary travel visa allows you to enter New Zealand temporarily and stay up to three months while applying for the appropriate permanent visa. If you are travelling as part of an organised tour, this is usually called an entry permit (EP). This type of EP may be issued by the Immigration Service if:
  • Your purpose of travel is tourism or business; or
  • You have been invited by a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident who lives here (and who has permitted in writing)
The Last Word

We hope that you now understand the New Zealand visa application process better.

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