The table below shows the percentage of applications processed in the branch within 25 days for the last three months.
In some cases, where more information is needed to support an application, for example a labour market check or a medical referral, applications can take considerably longer than 25 days. Other than the table above, we are unable to predict how long each individual application is likely to take, but we are committed to delivering the fastest possible service and we will keep in touch with you throughout the process of your application.
The following are the average processing times for the various application types from when we receive all required documentation.
We aim to process 90% of applications within 25 days.
This is an indicative timeframes only and should not be taken to mean that we guarantee your application will be processed within this timeframe.
Applicants should allow at least three weeks for the processing of visa applications. Some applications may take longer to process than others and we will not necessarily know how long we will take to process your application until it is assessed.
Applications may take longer than the above timeframes to process if, for example:
This is not an exhaustive list of reasons why your application may not be processed within the above timeframes.
While the Dubai branch may be the receiving office for your application, some applications submitted to us must be transferred to New Zealand for processing. This is likely to mean that the processing time is longer than if the application could be processed in Dubai. We will contact you should this apply to your application.
It is important that you provide us with as much time to process your application as possible. You should not make irreversible travel plans before having your visa granted. Any bookings made are made at the risk of the applicant.
See our checklists for full information on lodging an application with the Dubai branch.
You will receive an acknowledgement letter within fourteen days of your application being received by the Dubai branch. This will give you further information about the application process, your application number, and we may also request additional information where necessary.
Your application will then be allocated to an immigration officer for assessment.
It can be difficult to give an accurate timeframe for the allocation and assessment of your application, as circumstances differ. Please note that when a file is allocated to an immigration officer for assessment you will receive more accurate information about the final processing time for your application.
The following timeframes can be used as a guideline. These will be updated as necessary.
New Zealand carefully plans allocation of permanent residence places. The Government's annual residence programme gives priority to skilled and business migrants and the partners of returning New Zealanders. There are a limited number of places available under the Adult Child and Sibling/Parent categories each year. Demand for these places currently exceeds the number of places available.