With approximately 60 staff, the Area Office is responsible for processing temporary visa applications for the extended Canterbury, West Coast and Nelson / Marlborough regions and residence applications for the South Island.
We are located at:
110 Wrights RoadAddington Christchurch 8024
Open on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 8.30 am to 4.00 pm and Wednesdays from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm. Public holiday closures are listed under Opening Hours.
A drop-box is available at the reception. Only full and complete applications, that have all the required information, are to be placed in the drop box.
Applications can also be couriered to the site address to avoid delays.
Please review our checklist page to ensure you have all the necessary requirements. Incomplete applications will not be lodged and will be returned to you.
Same-day visa processing is not available, however, if you are travelling and require an updated visa urgently – this may be considered. Your airline tickets/booking confirmation will need to be sighted by an Immigration Officer before a decision on same day processing is made.
Limited customer car parking is available.
General enquiries canbe made to our contact centre on 0508 55 88 55 where a team of dedicated Immigration Officers are available Monday to Friday 7.00 am to 7.00 pm. Limited hours during public holidays.
Forms are available to download from the Immigration website or via our contact centre on 0508 55 88 55.