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.
Applications submitted between March to September: within 10 working days.
Applications submitted between October to February: within 15 working days.
Where we cannot process applications within these timeframes, you will be contacted by email. Please do not contact us within the processing timeframe unless it is necessary.
Applications for residence class visas will be processed according to the Government’s priority list. New Zealand carefully plans allocation of residence places. The Government's annual residence programme gives priority to skilled and business migrants and the partners of returning New Zealanders.
Once allocated, the average processing timeframe is four to six months, but this can be longer depending on issues that have to be assessed, such as health.
Please note: the times given for allocation and decision are indicative only and may be subject to change.