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What is a New Zealand Visitor Visa?

A New Zealand Visitor Visa is an official document granting permission to enter and temporarily stay in New Zealand. It’s typically used for purposes such as sightseeing, holidaying, visiting family or friends, attending conferences or short-term business engagements, and participating in amateur sports or cultural events.

Types of New Zealand Visitor Visas
Tourist Visas: For individuals traveling to New Zealand for leisure or sightseeing.
Business Visitor Visas: For those engaging in short-term business activities, conferences, or seminars.
Visiting Friends and Family: For visitors who have relatives or friends in New Zealand.

Validity and Duration
New Zealand Visitor Visas generally have a validity period ranging from a few weeks to 9 months. Some visas may allow multiple entries within the validity period. The actual duration of stay per visit will be determined at the port of entry.

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Criteria for New Zealand Visitor Visa

General Eligibility Criteria

Valid Passport: At least three months beyond the planned date of departure from New Zealand.

Good Health and Character: May require a medical examination and police certificate.

No Immigration Violations: History of compliance with immigration laws is essential.

Financial Requirements
Applicants must provide proof of sufficient funds for maintenance and accommodation throughout their stay in New Zealand, typically NZD 1,000 per month of visit, or NZD 400 if accommodation is already paid for.

Intent to Return
Evidence of strong ties to the home country, such as employment, property, or family, is required to demonstrate the intent to return post-visit.

Specific New Zealand Requirements
Travel insurance is recommended but not mandatory. Additional requirements may apply based on the applicant’s nationality or specific circumstances.

What is the Process for New Zealand Visitor Visa?


When it comes to applying for a New Zealand Visitor Visa, there are specific steps you need to take to ensure a smooth and successful application. At ICL, we’re here to guide you through every stage of the process.

Application Process Overview

Applications can be made online or via a paper form submitted to the nearest New Zealand Visa Application Centre.

Documentation Required

Includes a valid passport, recent photographs, proof of sufficient funds, detailed travel itinerary, and accommodation bookings. For visiting friends or family, an invitation letter may be required.

Processing Time

Varies based on individual circumstances and the time of year, generally ranging from 20 to 60 days. It’s advisable to apply well in advance of the intended travel date.

Visa Interview

Not typically required for New Zealand Visitor Visas, but be prepared to provide additional information if requested by Immigration New Zealand.

If you’re considering applying for a Visitor Visa, get in touch with one of our friendly consultants via email ( or call us at 09 369 1681 or 021 039 1964 today. Let us help you make your dream of living in New Zealand a reality!

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What is the Visitor Visa Application Process?


The process of applying for a New Zealand Visitor Visa is relatively straightforward, but it is critical to follow all the steps accurately to ensure a smooth application process. Lucky for you, ICL is here to guide you through each stage of the process!

Initial Consultation

Understanding Your Travel Plans: We begin with a personal consultation to understand your intention for visiting New Zealand, whether it's for tourism, family visits, or business purposes.

Visa Eligibility Check: We assess your eligibility for a New Zealand Visitor Visa, including reviewing your travel history and examining your ties to your home country.

Service Agreement

Agreement on Services: Once we determine your eligibility, we'll provide you with a detailed service agreement. This outlines the services we will provide, the fees, and the terms and conditions of our engagement.

Confirmation and Payment: After you review and agree to the terms, we’ll proceed with the formalities of confirming our engagement and processing the service payment.

Prepare for Application

Document Gathering: We assist you in gathering all the necessary documents, such as valid passport, financial evidence, and travel itinerary.

Application Form Assistance: Our experts help you in filling out the visa application form accurately, ensuring all information is complete and correct.

Submitting the Application

Application Submission: We submit your completed application and supporting documents to the appropriate New Zealand immigration authorities.

Receipt and Confirmation: We provide you with a receipt of submission and confirmation details.

Get an Assigned Case Officer

Case Officer Assignment: Immigration New Zealand will assign a case officer to your application, and we'll communicate with them on your behalf.

Responding to Queries: If the case officer has any queries or requires additional information, we'll coordinate with you to respond promptly and efficiently.

Awaiting Decision

Application Tracking: We monitor the progress of your application, keeping you updated on any developments.

Patient Waiting: The decision-making process can take time, and we encourage patience as we await the outcome from Immigration New Zealand.

Get Your Approved Visa

Visa Approval Notification: Once your visa is approved, we'll notify you immediately and provide you with the necessary documentation.

Guidance on Next Steps: We offer advice on travel preparations, including what to expect upon arrival in New Zealand, and any conditions attached to 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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