There's a lot of information - and some tools - on our site. Have look below for more information about specific topics.
Your identity photo is an essential part of your visa application and needs to meet our technical standards.
Business and investment
Information about investing and transferring funds for business and investment visas.
Character and identity
There's information here about identity, bona fide, and what good character means for temporary and resident visas.
Education, qualifications and study
Here's where you'll find extra information that may help you with your Student Visa application. You'll also find information about the qualifications you'll need to apply for some Work Visas that you need special qualifications to apply for.
Information about applying for a visa, visa processing, and travelling to New Zealand.
Information about English language requirements. How English language background allows you to meet requirements. Pre-purchase English language lessons for your family.
Information to help show us you have an acceptable standard of health.
Applicants for visas must be of good character. You may have to supply a police certificate (or similar) as evidence of good character, depending on which category you apply under.
Work and employment
Here's where you'll find extra information that may help you with your Work Visa application. You'll also find information for employers who want to employ overseas workers for some kind of specialised work.
Application forms and guides
Find the paper forms you need to apply for a visa. You can also find guides to help you complete the forms.
Nationality specific checklists
Checklists in selected languages of the documents required when submitting applications from outside New Zealand.
The application process
1 Gather documents
Preparing an application varies in complexity. For most visas you'll need to get all the evidence together before you submit your application.
2 Submit application
Many visas can be applied for online. Others need to be sent to us with the application forms, your passport and other supporting documents.
3 Wait for visa decision
We'll assess your application as soon as we can. We may ask you for more information if needed and will let you know about your visa as soon as it's decided.
4 Arrive in New Zealand
If you're not already in New Zealand you can now come to visit, invest, work, study or live permanently.