What is a New Zealand Visitor Visa?

A New Zealand Visitor Visa is an official document that lets you come to New Zealand for a while. People usually get it to go sightseeing, visit family, attend events, or do business here for a short time.

Visa Charges (NZ Immigration)

Starts from NZD $211

Length of Stay

You can stay for 6 to 9 months, and some visas let you come in and out multiple times. But remember, each time you visit, they decide how long you can stay at the airport.

Processing Time

2 weeks for 80% of applications

Benefits of the New Zealand Visitor Visa

  • Enjoy in NZ: Holiday in Stunning New Zealand Landscapes.
  • Connect with Family: Visit Loved Ones in New Zealand.
  • Study Short-Term: Study for Up to 3 Months.
  • Family Getaway: Bring Your Loved Ones Along on Your Trip.

Note: The cost and availability of New Zealand visas can change because of decisions made by the New Zealand Immigration authorities.

Reach out to us today, to find out how we can assist you in reaching your immigration goals.

Criteria for the Visa

A comprehensive list of criteria needed for your application to be a good fit to obtain the New Zealand Visitor Visa.

Basic Requirements

Valid Passport: Make sure your passport is valid for at least three months beyond your planned departure from New Zealand.
Good Health and Behaviour: You might need a medical check-up and a police certificate.
Clean Record: It’s important to follow immigration rules without any violations.

Financial Requirements

Money Proof: Show you have enough funds to cover your expenses during your stay, usually around NZD 1,000 per month, or NZD 400 if accommodation is sorted.

Intent to Go Back

Show you plan to return home after your visit by demonstrating ties like a job, property, or family.

Additional Rules in New Zealand

It’s good to have travel insurance but not a must. Your nationality or other factors might have specific requirements.

Types of New Zealand Visitor Visas

New Zealand offers the following Visitor Visas.

Tourist Visas

Intended for individuals traveling to New Zealand for leisure or sightseeing purposes.

Visiting Friends and Family

Tailored for visitors who have relatives or friends residing in New Zealand.

Business Visitor Visa

Designed for those participating in short-term business activities, conferences, or seminars.

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What is the Application Process?

If you’re planning a trip to New Zealand and need a visitor visa, here’s what you should know to make the process smooth.

Step 1: Apply

You can apply online or fill out a paper form and submit it to the nearest New Zealand Visa Application Centre.

Step 2: Documents

You’ll need a valid passport, recent photos, proof of enough money, a detailed travel plan, and proof of where you’ll stay. If you’re visiting friends or family, you might need an invitation letter.

Step 3: Interview (in some cases)

Most of the time, you won’t need an interview for a New Zealand Visitor Visa. But be ready to give more info if Immigration New Zealand asks for it.

Step 4: Processing and Waiting

The time it takes to get your visa can vary, usually between 20 to 60 days. It’s smart to apply well before your travel date.

New Zealand Visitor Visa at ICL

Getting a New Zealand Visitor Visa is pretty easy, but it’s super important to get everything right to make sure it goes smoothly. Don’t worry, though, because ICL is here to help you through every step!

Step 1: Initial Consultation

– Understanding Your Plans: We’ll chat to know why you want to visit New Zealand, whether it’s for fun, seeing family, or work.
– Checking if You’re Eligible: We’ll see if you can get a New Zealand Visitor Visa by looking at where you’ve traveled before and your connection to your home country.

Step 2: Service Agreement

– Agreeing on What We’ll Do: If you’re good to go, we’ll give you a paper that explains everything we’ll do, how much it costs, and what rules we follow.
– Confirming and Paying: If you’re okay with it, we’ll get things started and sort out the payment details.

Step 3: Prepare for Application

– Collecting Your Papers: We’ll help you gather everything you need, like your passport, proof of money, and where you plan to go.
– Filling in Forms: Our team will guide you through filling in the visa forms so that all the details are just right.

Step 4: Submitting the Application

– Sending Your Application: We’ll send off your forms and documents to the right people at New Zealand’s immigration office.
– Getting a Receipt: Once it’s sent, we’ll give you a receipt to show it’s been done.

Step 5:  Get an Assigned Case Officer

– Case Officer Assignment: When you apply for immigration to New Zealand, they’ll assign a case officer for your application.
– Answering Questions: If your case officer needs more info or has any questions, we’ll make sure to get back to them ASAP with the answers.

Step 6:  Awaiting Decision

– Keeping Track: We’ll keep an eye on your application and let you know how it’s going.
– Be Patient: Waiting for a decision can feel like forever, but it’s important to stay calm while Immigration New Zealand makes a decision.

Step 7:  Visa Approval and Next Steps

– Visa Approved Alert: When your visa gets the green light, we’ll notify you right away and give you all the papers you need.
– What’s Next: We’ll give you advice on getting ready for your trip, what to do when you land in New Zealand, and any rules you need to follow with your visitor visa.


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What is the primary purpose of a New Zealand Visitor Visa?

For temporary travel to New Zealand for tourism, family visits, business meetings, or short courses.

How long does it take to process a New Zealand Visitor Visa application?

Generally, processing takes between 20 to 60 days, varying by individual circumstances.

Can I extend my New Zealand Visitor Visa?

Extensions are possible in some cases but must be applied for before the visa expires.

Can I change my Visitor Visa to a different visa type in New Zealand?

Conversion to other visa types typically requires leaving New Zealand to apply.

What financial proof is required for a New Zealand Visitor Visa?

Evidence of sufficient funds, typically NZD 1,000 per month, or NZD 400 with pre-paid accommodation.

Is a return ticket necessary when applying for a New Zealand Visitor Visa?

A return or onward ticket can strengthen your application, demonstrating intent to leave after your visit.

Can I visit family or friends on a New Zealand Visitor Visa?

Yes, with an invitation letter from the host in New Zealand being beneficial.

Are there health requirements for a New Zealand Visitor Visa?

A medical examination and police certificate may be required, depending on the length of stay and countries visited prior

What if my New Zealand Visitor Visa application is denied?

Understand the reason for denial and address these in a new application or appeal, if applicable.

Is work permitted on a New Zealand Visitor Visa?

Work is generally not allowed. Violation can result in visa cancellation and future entry restrictions.

Disclaimer: The information provided is subject to change based on New Zealand government policies. For the most current information, please refer to Immigration New Zealand or contact ICL Immigration for updated guidance.

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