How long it takes to process a visa application

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If you applied online, you can check the status of your NEW ZEALAND VISA APPLICATION and find out if we need more information from you.

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Average processing times

Find out how many calendar days it has taken us to process applications for our most common visas in the 3 months to 1 August 2022. For applications that take more than 90 days we have rounded that number to the nearest month. For example, if applications take 110 days, we say it takes 4 months.

Visitor visas

NOTE

We aim to process straightforward Visitor Visa applications within 20 working days. However due to the large number of Visitor Visa applications received since the border reopened on 31 July, we are currently not meeting this timeframe.

We are putting in extra resources and streamlined procedures to process applications faster. We expect to see an improvement in Visitor Visa processing times from late September 2022.

We advise travellers not to book travel until their visa has been approved.

It will take time following the border re-opening to build an accurate picture of processing times. More information about Visitor Visa processing times will be available on this page soon.

Fees, decision times & where to apply

Student visas

Visa50% of applications completed within:75% of applications completed within:90% of applications completed within:
Student visas29 days48 days67 days

Visa types included in this category can be found at the bottom of this page.

Find recent processing times for other student visas.

Fees, decision times & where to apply

You can also find out how long it takes to process visas for international students depending on the type of education provider they study with.

Visa processing times for international students

Work – other visas

Visa50% of applications completed within:75% of applications completed within:90% of applications completed within:
Work – other visas19 days25 days32 days

Visa types included in this category can be found at the bottom of this page.

Find recent processing times for a specific work NEW ZEALAND VISA ONLINE.

Fees, decision times & where to apply

Family temporary visas

Visa50% of applications completed within:75% of applications completed within:90% of applications completed within:
Family temporary visas18 days61 days12 months

Visa types included in this category can be found at the bottom of this page.

Find recent processing times for other resident visas.

Skilled Migrant and Residence from Work processing times

Fees, decision times, and where to apply

Working holiday

Visa50% of applications completed within:75% of applications completed within:90% of applications completed within:
Working holiday visas16 days25 days52 days

Visa types included in this category can be found at the bottom of this page.

Other

Visa50% of applications completed within:75% of applications completed within:90% of applications completed within:
Partner of a New Zealander6 months8 months13 months
Permanent Resident Visa77 days3 months5 months
Skilled Migrant36 months41 months46 months
Transfer of visa to new passport5 days10 days14 days
Variation of travel conditions on a resident visa12 days20 days34 days

NOTE

Due to the impacts of COVID-19 we are experiencing delays in the processing of Permanent Resident Visas and Transfer of Visas to new passports. Transfer of Visas to new passports may take longer than indicated above. We apologise for any inconvenience and we are working hard to improve this.

Find recent processing times for other resident visas.

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