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Who can apply for a visa using Immigration Online?

Applicants from the following visa categories can use the Immigration ONLINE service to apply for their visa:

Work Visa types:

  • Essential Skills
  • Work Visa - Approval in Principle
  • Post-Study Work Visa
  • Student and Trainee Work Visa
  • Work to Residence – Long Term Skill Shortage List, Talent Accredited Employer Work Visa and Talent Arts Culture Sport Work Visa
  • Religious Worker Work Visa
  • Specific Purpose or Event
  • Student and Trainee Work Visa
  • Silver Fern Practical Experience Work Visa
  • Global Impact Work Visa
  • Partner of a New Zealander Work Visa
  • Partner of a Worker Work Visa
  • Partner of Military Work Visa
  • Partner of a Student Work Visa

Visitor Visa types:

  • General Visitor
  • Business Visitor
  • Antarctic travellers
  • Approved arts or music festival
  • Applicants seeking occupational registration in NZ
  • Children adopted overseas or children to be adopted
  • Child victims of people trafficking
  • Crew joining vessel or aircraft
  • Escorts of patients coming to NZ for medical treatment or consultation
  • Tour escort
  • German law students and graduates
  • High-end music act 
  • Involvement in sports events, tours or tournaments
  • Owners and crew of super yachts
  • Parents and Grandparents of NZ Citizens or Residents
  • Pitcairn Islanders
  • Seeking medical treatment or consultation
  • Short term English language studies
  • Travelling by private yacht or aircraft
  • Visiting academics
  • Visiting Media Programme
  • Work visa holders dismissed during a trial period
  • Guardian of Student Visitor Visa
  • Culturally Arranged Marriage Visitor Visa
  • Partner of a New Zealander Visitor Visa
  • Partner of a Worker Visitor Visa
  • Partner of a Student Visitor Visa
  • Child of a Worker Visitor Visa
  • Child of a Student Visitor Visa
  • Child of Military Visitor Visa
  • Child of a New Zealander Visitor Visa
  • Group Visitor Visa applications
  • Approved Destination Status (ADS) Group Visitor Visa
  • Approved meeting, Incentive, Conference or Exhibition (MICE) Group Visitor Visa
  • Government Representative of Foreign Affairs Official (FAO) Group Visitor Visa
  • Group Visitors Visa not described above

Student Visa types:

  • All student visa types except for Vocational Trainee category 
  • Dependent Child Student Visa (except for children of New Zealanders)

Resident Visa Types

  • Partnership Resident Visa
  • Dependent Child Resident Visa

You can now include your family members in an online Visitor Visa application and submit group visa applications online.

Immigration Online application enhancements

Can I use my mobile phone or my tablet to submit an application?

The online form has been designed for use primarily on a computer rather than a phone or tablet.  For example, you will need to have your documents ready in PDF format. If you don’t have this already you will need access to a scanner or another method of converting your documents into a PDF.


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

Changes to temporary work visas