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Can a visa application be prioritised?

Visa applications are generally processed according to the date they are received. Processing times are available on the Immigration New Zealand website.

How long it takes to process a visa application

Some applications are quicker to process than others as they do not require as much verification. For instance, applicant is offered a role on one of our skill shortage lists and they meets the criteria for the list, the Immigration Officer processing the application will not need to assess the availability of New Zealand citizens or resident to do the work. This should reduce the processing time.

Skill shortage list checker

If you have an employer-specific visa application in process, you can request priority allocation through our Employment Visa Escalations (EVE) process. The processing office will then assess if priority should or can be given to the application.  

Employment Visa Escalations (EVE)

We also have specific allocation priorities for the allocation of Skilled Migrant Category and Residence from Work Category applications.

INZ is making changes to how we prioritise some resident visa applications

On 17 September 2019, the Minister of Immigration announced changes to employer assisted temporary work visa categories that will take place over the following 18 months.

Changes to temporary work visas