How long does it take to get a visa?

How long does it take to get a visa?

Once we have lodged your visa application with Immigration New Zealand, the processing times vary from one visa type to another.

Processing times will also depend on how well your application and documentation are prepared and whether Immigration New Zealand will require you to provide further clarification or evidence.


Processing times for Temporay Visas 

Temporary visas can be lodged online or as paper version. 

Visitor visas and student visas will usually be processed within 20 (online) to 25 (paper) working days.

Work visa applications take around 23 (online) to 25 (paper) days. 

Please note: Over the years we have seen major delays when important documents, for example police certificates and education related documents, were not at hand and had to be obtained from the migrant's home countries. 

On the contrary we have also seen work visas issued within a couple of days, much to the delight of our clients and their new employers of course. 


Processing times for Resident Visas 

Resident visa applications usually take 3 to 10 months once they have been lodged, depending on the policy you are applying under:

  • A Skilled Migrant Category resident visas: usually about 6 months
  • Partnership resident visas: 4 months
  • Dependent child resident visas: 3 months
  • Parent resident visas: 7 months
  • Investor resident visas: 10 months
  • Residence from work: 3 months

Our advice: Good preparation is key and will speed up the process, regardless of which visa you are applying for. 


Timing of your immigration process under the Skilled Migrant Category 

The application process under the Skilled Migrant Category consists of 2 stages, the Expression of Interest and the Resident Visa application. 

From getting ready for your EOI to obtaining your resident visa many months will go by.

Our advice:  The timing of the entire process can be tailored to your personal plans for your move. Read more about the timing of your residence process.


Are you eligible for a Resident Visa under the Skilled Migrant Category?

Find out by using our Quick Self-Check Guide or talk to our Employment Adviser about finding a job that suits your professional background and ask our Licensed Immigration Advisers whether you qualify.


Read more about becoming a New Zealand resident through the Skilled Migrant Category:


Ask our Licensed Immigration Advisers

If you want to find out more about obtaining the right visa for New Zealand, contact Julia Cooke, Licensed Immigration Adviser at NZIC.

Ask Julia for a Free Assessment