Waiting for a visa

Find out how to check the status of your visa or NZeTA online and how long it normally takes us to process the type of visa you have applied for.

COVID-19 information

COVID-19 information

The international border is open and eligible travellers are now able to apply for a visa.

Checking your visa application status

Checking your visa application status

After you submit your visa application you can find out its status and the timeframes for a decision.

How long it takes to process a visa application

How long it takes to process a visa application

Processing times for visitor, student, work and other visas.

Why some applications are processed faster than others

Why some applications are processed faster than others

This page explains why some applications take more time to be processed than others and what can cause delays.

Fees, decision times & where to apply

Fees, decision times & where to apply

Immigration New Zealand offices in New Zealand are now open. Our offices outside New Zealand (except for the Apia branch) remain 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.

Request or change your personal information

Request or change your personal information

You can ask for a copy of the information we hold about you and have it corrected if it is wrong.

Skilled Migrant Category reopening

Skilled Migrant Category reopening

When we will select expressions of interest for the Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa.

Employment Visa Escalation process

Employment Visa Escalation process

Get your employer-specific visa application processed urgently using the Employment Visa Escalation (EVE) process.