Fees, decision times and where to apply

New Zealand offices are open. Many offices outside New Zealand are still currently closed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Processing of critical or essential visas related to COVID-19 requests for entry to New Zealand are being prioritised based on the direction of the New Zealand Government.

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.

Visa processing for overseas applicants is still on hold. People outside New Zealand are currently unable to apply for temporary visas, with some exceptions. 

Suspension of overseas visa applications and introduction of EOI fees

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

If you have a visa that is due to expire, check the information 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

Your visa status if you are in 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.