Process & costs

The information below will help you understand the process, timeframes and costs involved in applying for this visa, so you can plan ahead and have the best chance of submitting a complete application.

Applying on online form

Immigration costs

Application cost

NZD ($) $ 635

This is the charge for Immigration New Zealand to process your application. We do not refund application costs if we decline your application. A non-refundable immigration levy is charged and is included in the cost.



within 4 months

90% of applications are currently completed within this time. Timeframes are in calendar days.


New Zealand offices open

New Zealand offices are open. Offices outside of New Zealand are closed except for the Pacific offices. Processing of critical visas related to COVID-19 requests for entry to New Zealand are being prioritised based on the direction of the New Zealand Government.


You submit an application to the Edmund Hillary Fellowship

Before you can apply for this visa, you must submit an application to the Edmund Hillary Fellowship.

Edmund Hillary Fellowship application form


Edmund Hillary Fellowship assess your fellowship application

The Edmund Hillary Fellowship select applicants twice a year. If you are selected you will be sent a Letter of Offer.


Apply online for a Global Impact Work Visa

Applications for a Global Impact Visa should be made to Immigration New Zealand after receiving the Letter of Offer from the Edmund Hillary Fellowship.

You will need to provide a police certificate, medical certificate and other documents to show you meet the Criteria outlined.

Police certificates

Getting an x-ray or medical examination


We make a decision about your visa application

If there is anything else you need to do, we will be in touch.

If you are in New Zealand, and your current temporary visa expires before your new visa is granted, we will normally issue you an interim visa to let you stay in New Zealand lawfully.

Interim Visa

Work visa