Visa Information

This information is provided for your guidance and decisions on coming to New Zealand.

Please contact us for more information.

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Work Visa

If you’re planning to work in New Zealand and you’re not a citizen or permanent resident of NZ or Australia, you’ll need a visa that lets you work.

Who Needs A Visa?

You can apply for a visa to work here temporarily if you:

  • have a job offer from a New Zealand employer
  • are coming for a specific work-related purpose or event
  • have a partner here, and you want to join them and work
  • are from a country that has a special work scheme, or
  • have been studying here and want work here.
Some work visas can also lead to residence — that is, the right to live, study and work here indefinitely. To apply you need to have skills, experience and qualifications that are needed for the New Zealand workforce.

COST for Work-Visa
(Partnership/work to residence)

$635 (NZD)

Processing Time Frame 

89 Days

COST for Work-Visa
(Other)

$495 (NZD)

Processing Time Frame 

4 Months

Student Visa

You need a student visa if you want to study full time in New Zealand for more than 3 months.

Requirements for a Student Visa

You must be accepted into a course with an approved educational provider, such as a school, university or polytechnic, before you apply for a student visa.

The only exceptions to this are the dependent children of people who are applying for, or already hold a work visa or a student visa.

You can only study on programmes that the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) has approved for international students.

What Full Time Study Means

You’re studying full time if you:

  • attend primary or secondary school
  • enroll for at least 3 papers (or equivalent) each semester at a tertiary institution such as a university or polytechnic, or
  • study on a course at a private training establishment (PTE):
  • for at least 20 hours a week, or
  • if the course is Level 7 or above on the New Zealand Qualification Framework, you take at least 3 papers (or equivalent) each semester

COST for Student-Visa

$275 (NZD)

Processing Time Frame 

55 Days

Working Holiday Visas

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Holiday Visa

This visa helps young people from Korea come to New Zealand. You can apply for this visa if you’re a citizen of the Republic of Korea and you have at least NZ $4,200 to live on during your stay. While you’re here, you can study and work while you enjoy your holiday.

COST for Student-Visa

$245 (NZD)

Processing Time Frame 

22 Days

Applications for this visa be closed until further notice from the government due to COVID-19

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Vietnam Working
Holiday Visa

This visa helps young, educated people come to New Zealand. You can apply for this visa if you’re a citizen of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and you have at least NZ $4,200 to live on during your stay. While you’re here, you can study and work while you enjoy your holiday.

COST for Student-Visa

$245 (NZD)

Processing Time Frame 

22 Days

Visitor Visas

From 1 October 2019, some visitors and transit passengers must have an Electronic Travel Authority and pay an International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy before travelling to NZ.

Before travelling to New Zealand, you need to make sure your passport is valid for at least three months longer than your expected departure date. If you come from a country that needs a New Zealand visa to enter, please be sure to apply in advance.

If you have a biometric ordinary passport (or electronic passport) and are over 12 years old, you may be able to use New Zealand Customs eGate service. This allows you to complete your Customs and Immigration checks faster so you can get on with enjoying your visit to New Zealand.  

Do I need to apply for a visa?
Citizens of visa waiver countries don’t have to apply for a visa before travelling to New Zealand if:
  • They are visiting for 3 months or less
  • They are visiting for 6 months or less and are a British citizen.
  • A visa must be applied for if the travel is for medical consultation or treatment.

Click the image to see the countries available for visa waivers

visa waiver countries of New Zealand
New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority NZeTA logo

From 1 October 2019, some visitors and transit passengers must have an Electronic Travel Authority and pay an International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy before travelling to NZ.

NZeTA and IVL for visa waiver travellers

Before you travel to New Zealand, check if you need an New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA).

You may also have to pay an International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL).

The NZeTA will…

Improve the way travellers are assessed before they arrive in New Zealand, and

Help reduce the time needed for border clearance and strengthen border security.

The IVL is a way for travellers to contribute directly to the tourism infrastructure you use and to help protect and enhance the natural environment you will enjoy during your stay in New Zealand.

When to request an NZeTA and pay your IVL

From July 2019

NZeTA

$9 (NZD)
Requests through the immigration mobile app

$12 (NZD)
Requests through immigration website form

IVL

$35 (NZD)
Charged at the same transaction as your NZeTA.

Request your NZeTA well in advance of your trip to New Zealand. It can take up to 72 hours to approve your NZeTA. If you do not hold an NZeTA when you check in for your flight or cruise you will not be allowed to board.

You may be able to request an NZeTA when you check in, but if it cannot be processed in time or if it is declined, then you will not be allowed to board.

Your NZeTA and IVL are valid for multiple visits and up to 2 years.

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