Evidence that you are a genuine visitor

Find out what evidence you can provide to show you are a genuine visitor to New Zealand.

Providing evidence

The evidence you provide helps us confirm that you are a genuine visitor. If you do not provide evidence it may take us longer to process your visa application.

Evidence of your travel history

Provide a copy of your current and recent passports, including:

  • the photo page, and
  • all pages with visa records, and entry and exit stamps.

If you live in another country

If you live in a country that is not your country of citizenship, also provide a copy of the visa that entitles you to live in that country.

Declined visa applications

If you have ever had a visa application declined by any other country, provide:

  • a copy of the letter from that country's immigration authority declining your application, or
  • if the original letter is not available, a letter explaining the reason your application was not successful.

Evidence that you are visiting family or friends

If you plan to visit family or friends in New Zealand, provide their:

  • names
  • contact addresses and phone numbers, and
  • their New Zealand visa or citizenship status.

Evidence of your home country circumstances

Evidence of your work and living arrangements helps us decide if you are likely to return to your home country at the end of your visit.

Depending on your circumstances, evidence could include:

  • a letter from your employer approving your leave and confirming your return to work
  • showing you are enrolled for study by providing a letter or student identity card from your school or other education provider
  • a letter explaining your family ties in your home country
  • a retirement certificate or evidence that you receive a pension.