Process & fees

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.

Paper submission

Immigration costs

Application cost

NZD ($) $ 635

This is the fee for Immigration New Zealand to process your application. An immigration levy is payable and is included in the total amount above.



within 59 days

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


Your partner supports your application

Your partner must complete and sign a ‘Form for Partners Supporting Partnership-Based Temporary Entry Application’. They’ll need to give you their completed application with any supporting documents for you to include with your visa application.


You send us your visa application

You must complete and sign a ‘Partnership-Based Temporary Visa Application’. You’ll need to send it to us with your application fee, immigration levy, and supporting documents including your partner’s application.

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.

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 1049
Palmerston North Central
Palmerston North 4440
New Zealand


Phone enquiries
Monday to Saturday
06:00 to 24:00

Closed Sunday

Other notes

Applications made in New Zealand

For applications made in New Zealand, there is no courier fee to be paid for applications or documents to be returned.


We make a decision about your application

If there’s anything else you need to do, we’ll 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


Travel to New Zealand

If you have yet to travel to New Zealand, check what you’ll need to do before you arrive.

You should also check if there are any departure requirements of the country you are in.