Limited Visa

Apply to visit New Zealand temporarily for an express purpose. Once you have achieved your purpose you must leave New Zealand or apply for another Limited Visa.

Length of stay
Time allowed by your visa

To achieve express purpose

Cost
From
NZD $375
Processing time
80% within
8 weeks
With this visa you can
Things to note
  • The only kind of visa you can apply for while you’re in New Zealand is another Limited Visa – we’ll only grant this if you need more time to carry out your express purpose.
  • If you apply for a Visitor Visa or one of our student visas, we’ll sometimes offer you a Limited Visa instead – you’ll have the chance to comment before we grant the visa.
  • You can’t work in New Zealand on a Limited Visa, unless it was granted to work for a Recognised Seasonal Employer.

What you need to apply

Check if you are eligible to apply for this visa and what supporting documents and information you need to provide.

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You must provide proof of your identity:

Acceptable photos

You may provide your original passport, or a certified copy when you submit your application. If you provide a certified copy we may request your original passport to complete your application.

Tips

Also provide a copy of your Identity card.

Also provide your:

  • Hukou (household registration book)
  • Chinese identity card.

If you are a citizen of China and you submit a paper application form in China, you must also complete a supplementary form.

Supplementary form for Chinese citizens (INZ 1027) PDF 338KB

If you are submitting a paper application form, you must provide a supplementary form for Hong Kong and Macao visitors, workers and students.

Supplementary form for Hong Kong and Macao visitors, workers and students (INZ 1220) PDF 240KB

If you have a criminal conviction or are a security risk to New Zealand we may not be able to grant you a visa.

Good character for temporary visas

You must provide police certificates if your total time in New Zealand will be 24 months or longer across all visits. This includes any time you have spent in New Zealand in the past on other visas, even if you have been out of the country since then.

You also must provide police certificates if we ask for them.

If you are 16 years old or younger you do not need to provide police certificates.

Providing police certificates

How to get a police certificate

If you have already sent us Police Certificates with a previous visa application and they are less than 24 months old, you do not need to send them again.

Police certificates must be less than 6 months old when you submit your application. They must be from any country you are a citizen of, or have spent more than 5 years in since you turned 17.

We may ask you to have a chest x-ray, a medical examination or both as proof of your good health.

If you are staying less than:

  • 6 months you do not normally need a chest x-ray. 
  • 12 months you do not normally need a medical certificate. 

Who needs an x-ray or medical examination

When we process your application we let you know if we need you to have a chest x-ray or medical examination.

Acceptable standard of health criteria for visa approvals

Please only provide medical certificates if requested

Tips

You must provide a chest x-ray completed in the last 3 months, even if you've provided one to us previously, if:

  • you have spent 6 consecutive months in China since the last x-ray certificate was issued, and
  • you are now coming to NZ for more than 6 months.

Evidence can include documents that support the reason you are visiting New Zealand.

When we assess if you are bona fide, we consider all of the information that:

  • you provide to support your application
  • we have about your personal circumstances and previous applications.

Genuine intentions to visit, study or work in NZ

Evidence will depend on your express purpose but may include:

  • Invitations to events or ceremonies
  • Offers of a place at an education provider
  • Medical treatment schedules or confirmation

The funds you need will depend on your express purpose. If you’re visiting you’ll need NZ $1000 per person per month, if you’re studying, you’ll need NZ $1250 per person per month.

Evidence can include:

  • bank statements 
  • credit card statements 
  • bank drafts
  • travellers’ cheques
  • a ‘Sponsorship Form for Temporary Entry’ completed by an acceptable sponsor
  • a completed ‘Financial Undertaking for a Student’.

What sponsors must do – responsibilities and obligations

Financial Undertaking for a Student (INZ1014) PDF 535KB

Sponsorship Form for Temporary Entry (INZ1025) PDF 414KB

Tips

You don’t have to provide evidence of funds or sponsorship, if you’re applying for a Limited Visa to work for a Recognised Seasonal Employer.

If you are pregnant, there are additional requirements.

Paying for maternity care

When you arrive in New Zealand you may be asked to show that you intend to leave the country — for example, a return ticket or proof you have enough money to buy a ticket out of New Zealand. This is in addition to the funds you have to live on.

If you are sponsored and you do not have a return ticket your sponsor can provide recent bank statements to show they have enough money to buy you a ticket out of New Zealand.

To bring family:

  • you must provide evidence of your relationship with them, like marriage and birth certificates
  • you must provide proof of their identity
  • they must be of good character
  • they must be in good health.

Partnership
Dependent children

Tips

A family can include yourself, your partner, and dependent children 19 and under.

You can’t bring family if you apply for a Limited Visa to work for a Recognised Seasonal Employer.

You should provide copies of family members Hukou (household registration book) included in your application.

You should provide copies of identity cards for family members included in your application.

Process and costs

The information below will help you understand the process, timeframes and costs involved in applying for this visa, so you can plan ahead and have the best chance of submitting a complete application.

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How to submit

Payment methods and receiving centre details if applicable.

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Conditions

These are the conditions that you must meet once you have your visa.

Entry permission

You must apply for entry permission when you arrive in New Zealand. You can do this by completing a paper arrival card or a digital traveller declaration. If you are completing a paper arrival card you will be given this on the way to New Zealand.

New Zealand Customs and Biosecurity also check that you meet their entry requirements.

Arriving in New Zealand

Notes

You can be refused entry permission if:

  • you do not meet our character requirements
  • your circumstances have changed since you were granted a visa
  • you refuse to let us take your photo or to provide us with your fingerprints or an iris scan, if asked for them
  • you are unable to provide evidence of any onward travel or funds required by the conditions of your visa.

If you are refused entry to New Zealand

Before you travel to New Zealand

Travel

You can only travel to New Zealand once on a Limited Visa.

If you leave New Zealand, your visa will expire.

Onward travel

Unless your visa label or letter says 'Return/onward travel not required', you must have either of the following:

  • a travel ticket to a country you can enter
  • an acceptable sponsor who can pay for your travel ticket out of New Zealand to a country you can enter.

What sponsors must do – responsibilities and obligations

Notes

Unless your visa label or letter states “Return/onward travel not required” you must have a ticket to leave New Zealand whenever you travel here.

Study

You can only study in New Zealand if it was the express purpose for which your Limited Visa was granted.

If your Limited Visa was granted to study a short course, you can only study that specific course, at the specific education provider and in the specific location listed on your visa label or letter.

Notes

Check your visa label or letter for your visa conditions. These will relate to the express purpose your limited visa was granted.

Visa expiry

You must leave New Zealand before your visa expires.

Notes

Visa expiry dates are printed on a visa label or included in a visa letter.