What’s the time span to process a Visa Application for New Zealand?

Except for offices in the UK, US and India, Immigration New Zealand offices in New Zealand and processing offices outside New Zealand are open at present. New Zealand’s border is even now closed to everyone except for New Zealand citizens and residents. There are certain exceptions to this, but the criteria for granting an exception are very strict.

Information for visa applicants outside of New Zealand

Except for New Zealand’s citizens and residents, New Zealand’s border is still closed for everyone else. The criteria for granting an exception are strict but there are some exceptions to it.

For most offshore applicants, visa processing is still on hold. The reason for this is that people who are not citizens or residents of New Zealand are not likely to meet the current entry requirements. Immigration New Zealand is unable to in a legal way grant a visa to people who are doubtful of meeting the entry requirements.

Check your status online

In the event that you applied online, you can check the status of your application and find out if Immigration New Zealand requires more information from you.

Average processing times

The timeframes detailed on this page indicate the average time taken in the previous three months to process a visa application. This is from the time, the application was submitted to Immigration New Zealand up until the point the application is completed.

IMPORTANT NOTE

For the most part visa processing for applicants outside of New Zealand is on hold, because of COVID-19 19 pandemic.

Processing times for each visa varies.

Visitor visa

Visa 50% of applications processed in a span of: 75% of applications processed in a span of: 90% of applications processed in a span of:
Visitor (holiday) 64 days 4 months 5 months

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

Student visas

Visa 50% of applications processed in a span of: 75% of applications processed in a span of: 90% of applications processed in a span of:
Fee-Paying Student 14 days 31 days 55 days
Variation of conditions on a student visa 10 days 14 days 22 days

You can also find out the time taken for processing of visas for international students depending on the type of education provider they study with.

Work visas

Visa50% of applications processed in a span of: 75% of applications processed in a span of: 90% of applications processed in a span of:
Essentials Skills 22 days 38 days 59 days
Partner of a New Zealander 66 days 4 months 6 months
Partner of student 40 days 68 days 3 months
Partner of woker 46 days 68 days 3 months
Post-study work visa 10 days 20 days 35 days
Variatio of conditions on a work visa 20 days 30 days 36 days

Residence visas

Visa 50% of applications processed in a span of: 75% of applications processed in a span of: 90% of applications processed in a span of:
Partner of a New Zealander 6 months 9 months 13 months
Permanent Resident Visa 11 days 30 days 69 days
Skilled Migrant 20 months 22 months 23 months
Transfer of visa to new passport 2 days 3 days 8 days
Variation of travel conditions on a resident visa 7 days 21 days 69 days

Please refer to the official government of New Zealand website for more details: www.immigration.govt.nz

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