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

Temporary visa applications from outside New Zealand or a quarantine-free travel zone are currently suspended. There are some exceptions, but the criteria for granting an exception are very strict.


Most visa processing for applicants outside New Zealand is on hold due to Covid 19. Processing times for visas we are considering varies for each visa.

How long it takes to process a visa

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.

From 25 June 2021 Immigration New Zealand will not accept cheques as a form of payment in New Zealand.