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Do I need a confirmed or return ticket when I lodge my visa application?

If you are applying for a visa (other than a transit visa) from outside New Zealand you do not need to provide confirmation of your travel to New Zealand when you make your application.

If you are applying from outside New Zealand, you may however be asked for confirmation of your travel arrangements after we have accepted your application for processing and before the application is decided. This can be in the form of having sufficient funds to purchase a ticket.

If you are applying for a further temporary entry class visa (a student visa, work visa, visitor visa etc) while in New Zealand you may be required to show evidence of your ability to leave New Zealand at the end your stay.

To determine if you do need to show evidence of your ability to depart New Zealand when applying onshore please refer to the particular requirements of the visa you are applying for.

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