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Immigration fees and levies changes Monday, 1 October 2018

New fees and levies will take effect from Monday, 5 November 2018.

Immigration fees and levies are reviewed regularly to ensure they accurately reflect the cost incurred in providing immigration services. New fees and levies have now been confirmed, following public consultation earlier in the year.

Summary of changes

Most fees and levies are increasing, reflecting cost pressures and increases risk management practices. A small number of visas see a decrease and refugee applicants will now be specifically exempted from the requirement to pay an application fee.

Popular visa categories, the current and future charges (for applicants in New Zealand), are listed below:

Visa Current immigration costs

(applicants in NZ)

New immigration costs

(applicants in NZ)

Skilled Migrant Category



Partner of a New Zealander Resident Visa



Essential Skills Work Visa (online)



Fee Paying Student Visa (online)



Visitor visa (online)



Working Holiday Visa



Specific charges that will apply are detailed in our schedule of fees and levies.

Schedule of new fees and levies PDF 262KB

Fee regulations

Levy regulations

The fees tool on the INZ website will be updated on 5 November

We’ll update the information on this website about fees and levies once they take effect on 5 November.

Fees, decision times & where to apply

What happens if my application is received by INZ before 5 November, but not processed until after?

The fee and levy you pay is based on when INZ receives your application.

If you are applying online, the fee charged is the fee that is in force at the time you reach the online payment screen. For example, if you start your application on 4 November, but don’t complete it until after midnight New Zealand time, then the new fee and levy will apply.