Fees, decision times and where to apply

Find out how much it costs to apply, where to send your application or passport, and how long a decision will take.

Visa applications and processing times: COVID-19

New Zealand’s border is still closed to everyone but New Zealand citizens and residents. There are some exceptions, but the criteria for granting an exception are very strict.


Due to COVID-19, these processing times only apply to applications submitted in New Zealand that are currently being processed. Individual processing times may vary.

Border restrictions: who can enter New Zealand or request to travel

If you are unable to leave New Zealand

Fees and receiving centre

Search for the information you need to:

  • apply for visas and expressions of interest
  • register for a ballot
  • apply for employer schemes, accreditation and approvals
  • keep your visa and passport up to date.