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.
There are two ways that you can submit your application to us.
Submit a complete application to us.
To help you make sure you have included everything you need to apply for a visa, please refer to the checklist on your application form.
If the documents in the checklist are not provided, your application may be returned to you as ‘failed lodgement’.
For essential skills category (employer-sponsored) applications, please refer to our work visa information.
For other application types, see our visa application checklists or email email@example.com and we will send one to you.
If you have an existing medical condition or there are questions arising from the medical and/or chest X-ray certificate that you have submitted with your application for a visa, Immigration New Zealand is required to refer your documents to an independent medical assessor for their opinion on your health.
Certificates referred to an assessor can take up to four weeks to return to us. Following this you may be asked to provide additional information in the form of specialist reports clarifying the nature and prognosis of your condition.
Please be aware that no decision can be made on the outcome of your visa application until all questions regarding your medical status have been resolved.