Fees, decision times and where to apply

Due to COVID-19, Immigration New Zealand (INZ) previously had limited visa processing capability, so we prioritised visa applications relating to New Zealand’s COVID-19 response. We can now begin processing a wider range of visas, including Essential Skills work visas for applicants currently in New Zealand.

Processing times: COVID-19

If you have a visa that is due to expire, check the information on our COVID-19 hub about how the Epidemic Management Notice may affect your visa. You will also receive information directly by email from Immigration New Zealand.

Epidemic Management Notice

You can find more information about visa processing priorities on our COVID-19: Key updates page.

COVID-19: Key updates page

Border restrictions are still in place. For key information on current border closures and exemptions, see our Border closures page.

Border closures and exceptions 

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.