How much visa applications cost and when to pay

Most visas have an application fee and you may also have to pay a levy. In some circumstances people from some countries may not have to pay the fee.

Working out the cost of a visa

Your country of citizenship and where you are now will also affect the cost. You can use our Fees, decision times and where to apply tool to find out how much your visa application will cost.

Fees, decision times and where to apply

Fees Guide (INZ 1028) PDF 378KB

Your fee goes towards the costs of deciding your visa application. We do not refund the fee, even if we decline your application.

Fee waivers

­Refugees, refugee claimants and protected people do not have to pay a visa application fee or immigration levy.

New Zealand also has agreements with some countries to waive the visa application fees for citizens of those countries — for example, visitors from some countries do not pay for their visa.

Victims of family violence do not have to pay an application fee or an immigration levy.

Use our Fees, decision times and where to apply tool to see if a fee waiver applies to you.

Fees, decision times and where to apply

Immigration levy

When you apply for some residence and temporary visas we will also ask you to pay an immigration levy. The levy helps us to pay the costs of settling in new immigrants and is charged per application, unless the application is for a group visitor visa, in which case the levy is charged per person.

International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL)

Most international visitors coming to New Zealand will pay an IVL of NZD $35.

You pay this when you apply for a visa or request an NZeTA (New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority).

We do not refund the IVL, even if we decline your application.

Paying the IVL