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 paper

Immigration costs

Application cost

NZD ($) $ 495

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 31 days

From 10 August, if you are outside New Zealand you are unable to apply for this visa. Refer to the Border Closure and Exceptions information page on this website for further information.


Offices open

New Zealand offices are open. Offices outside of New Zealand are open except for the UK, US and India. 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.Zealand Government.

Managed isolation and quarantine

on arrival in New Zealand

Travellers coming from outside a quarantine-free travel zone will not be able to board a flight to New Zealand without a voucher confirming allocation in a managed isolation facility. COVID testing and 14-day stays in managed isolation facilities are mandatory.


You apply for a work visa

You have to use a paper form to apply. You will need to complete a ‘Work Visa Application’ and send it to us with your application fee, immigration levy and supporting documents, including:

  • a copy of your employment agreement or contract for service
  • a copy of your New Zealand registration, if It is needed to work in your occupation in New Zealand
  • an ‘Employer Supplementary Form’ completed by your employer.
Receiving centre details

Receiving centres handle the administrative, non-decision making activities surrounding the lodgement of a visa application. The information here is a guide only. For the most up to date and accurate information please visit the the website as listed below.

Payment methods

Credit Card
You can pay with Visa or MasterCard. We take payment when we receive your application. You must have enough funds available on the day we receive your application or it may be returned to you.

Debit Card
You can pay by debit card. We take payment when we receive your application. You must have enough funds available on the day we receive your application or it may be returned to you.

Bank cheque/draft
You can pay by Bank cheque.

Bank cheques should be made payable to the NZ Immigration Service.

Personal cheque
You can pay by personal cheque.

Personal cheques should be addressed to the NZ Immigration Service. If you pay by personal cheque your application will be held for 10 working days to allow the cheque to be cleared. This delay will increase the time needed to assess your application.

Postal address

Immigration New Zealand
PO Box 76895
Manukau City
Auckland 2241
New Zealand


We make a decision about your 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