- How long will it take Immigration New Zealand to process my visa application?
- How do I check the progress of my visa application?
- How do I apply for a visa to work in New Zealand?
- How do I apply for a visa to study in New Zealand?
- Where do I access immigration application forms?
- How do I apply to come to New Zealand as a skilled migrant?
- How do I apply to come to New Zealand as a partner or parent of a New Zealand resident or citizen?
- How do I apply to extend my temporary permit to remain in New Zealand longer?
- What fees do I have to pay to make an immigration application?
- How do I apply for a permanent residence class visa to New Zealand?
- the requirements of the immigration instructions you are applying under
- the completeness of your application
- how easily we can check the information you provide
- how well and how quickly you respond to any concerns we raise with you.
The amount of verification your application requires can affect the amount of time it takes to process your application. Applications that require the most verification; for example work visa or residence applications, typically take the longest to process.
We may find that you need to provide us with further information before we can make a decision on your application, which will also add to the processing time.
Tips to help you with the application process
If you applied online, you can check the status of your application by logging into your Online Services account and visiting ‘What’s Happening?’
If you applied using a paper form, but want to be able to check your status online, you can provide details on your form that will give you an online enquiry option. This will allow you to set up an account on the site and receive updates.
If you contact us through our Online Help system, we will be able to tell you the status of your application.
We are unable to provide information about decisions through email. You may be able to get more detailed information by phone, but decisions will not be discussed until you have been notified in writing.
If you are using an immigration advisor you should also get in touch with them to find out whether they are aware of any problems or delays.
Work and live permanently in New Zealand
Skilled Migrant Category
The Skilled Migrant Category is for people who have the skills, qualifications, and experience we need, and who want to live and work permanently in New Zealand.
Work to Residence Category
The Work to Residence Category allows you to get a temporary work visa and as a step towards gaining permanent residence. Applicants may be qualified in occupations that are in demand in New Zealand, or may have exceptional talent in sports or the arts.
Residence from Work Category
The Residence from Work Category is for people who are already in New Zealand on a work to residence visa, and want to apply for residence.
Employee of a Relocating Company Category
If you are a key employee of a business that is relocating its operations to New Zealand, you can apply for a work visa, and later a residence visa,under our Employee of a Relocating Company Category.
Work temporarily in New Zealand
We grant temporary work visas to people who have a job offer from a New Zealand employer, people skilled in occupations that are in demand here, people coming here for a particular purpose or event, and people who want to gain work experience or work after studying in New Zealand. Find out about the options for temporary work in New Zealand.
If you’re aged between 18 and 30 years you may be eligible to experience life in New Zealand on a working holiday.
Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) Work Category
Our Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) Work category is for temporary workers from overseas to work in the horticulture and viticulture industries.
To find out whether you need a visa, whether you'll qualify, and what a student visa will allow you to do, visit Can I study in New Zealand?
forms and guides.
Filling in the application forms as requested, and ensuring all relevant information required is included, will help to speed up the processing of your application. Incomplete applications will be returned to the applicant unprocessed.
Skilled Migrant Category (SMC) offers you the opportunity to move to New Zealand to work and live permanently.
Partner of NZ resident or Parents of NZ residents pages.
To obtain a further visa, you must meet the current requirements as specified in the immigration instructions for the visa type you wish to apply for. Please refer to visit, study, and work, for further information and application forms.
assess yourself against our permanent residence visa instructions before applying for this visa.