How long it takes to process a visa application

All Immigration New Zealand offices are now 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.

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

Key information on current border closure and exemptions. 
Border closures and exceptions

Check your status online

If you applied online, you can check the status of your application and find out if we need more information from you.

Checking your application status

Average processing times

Find out how many calendar days it has taken us to process applications for our most common visas in the 3 months to 1 March 2020. For applications that take more than 90 days we have rounded that number to the nearest month. For example, if applications take 110 days, we say it takes 4 months.

Visitor visa

Visa 50% of applications completed within: 75% of applications completed within: 90% of applications completed within:
Visitor (holiday) 14 days 28 days 36 days

Find recent processing times for other types of visitor visa, for example business and group visitor visas.

Fees, decision times & where to apply

Student visas

Visa 50% of applications completed within: 75% of applications completed within: 90% of applications completed within:
Fee Paying Student 15 days 31 days 47 days
Variation of conditions on a student visa 11 days 19 days 29 days

Find recent processing times for other student visas.

Fees, decision times & where to apply

You can also find out how long it takes to process visas for international students depending on the type of education provider they study with.

Visa processing times for international students

Work visas

Visa 50% of applications completed within: 75% of applications completed within: 90% of applications completed within:
Essentials Skills 18 days 37 days 64 days
Partner of a New Zealander 63 days 5 months 7 months
Partner of student 46 days 3 months 6 months
Partner of worker 24 days 46 days 89 days
Post-study work visa 12 days 19 days 31 days
Variation of conditions on a work visa 10 days 18 days 29 days

Find recent processing times for other work visas.

Fees, decision times & where to apply

Residence visas

Visa 50% of applications completed within: 75% of applications completed within: 90% of applications completed within:
Partner of a New Zealander 8 months 9 months 10 months
Permanent Resident Visa 8 days 12 days 20 days
Skilled Migrant 7 months 13 months 17 months
Transfer of visa to new passport 4 days 9 days 15 days
Variation of travel conditions on a resident visa 7 days 14 days 26 days

Find recent processing times for other residence visas.

Skilled Migrant and Residence from Work processing times

Fees, decision times & where to apply