How long will it take to get a visa for New Zealand?
At the start of your migration journey you probably wonder how long it will take until you get your visa and what you can do to speed up the process.
You will probably base your timing for your move around this question as it will affect a number of items on your to-do list.
The duration of your visa application process depends on two main factors:
- The visa processing times at Immigration New Zealand;
- Whether Immigration New Zealand will request further information or clarification before your visa is granted.
Are you submitting the perfect visa application?
To prove your eligibility, you have to choose the right visa type for your plans for New Zealand and your visa application has to be accompanied by a full set of documents and other evidence.
If Immigration New Zealand needs more information from you or questions your eligibility, you will experience considerable delays.
If you have to supply further documents, which might have to be obtained from authorities in your home country, it can take weeks or even months until you have them available for submission.
If you have chosen the wrong visa type for your application, you will be rejected and have to start again.
Submitting a visa application that does not fulfil all requirements will cause mayor delays for you.
What can you do to speed up your visa process?
Prepare thoroughly and get it right straight away. Avoid delays!
Preparing for submission of your visa application is a lengthy and bureaucratic process:
In most cases you will have to provide translations and certified copies of your documents.
Some applicants will need to apply for an external Qualification Assessment of their overseas qualifications, or for their professional registration with the registration board in charge for their professions.
Both processes will most likely take several months to complete.
Obtaining police certificates and medical reports can be a matter of weeks.
In many cases a job offer is required before a visa application can be submitted. Looking for a job will take weeks or even months.
Choosing the right visa type and submitting a complete visa application will be your best way to speed up your visa application process.
Competent visa advice and careful preparation are the key to a smooth visa application process, regardless of the type of visa you are applying for.
Having your paperwork ready will ensure that your visa application can be submitted as soon as you are fully eligible!
The earlier on in the process you start collating your documents and looking for a job, the better you are prepared and the faster you will be ready to submit your visa application once you are eligible.
All of this might sound obvious to you, but from experience we can not stress enough that good preparation will save you nerves and time when you want to move on with your migration plans.
How to get the timing of your immigration process under the Skilled Migrant Category right
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.
Read more about the duration of your migration 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 permanent resident through the Skilled Migrant Category:
- Get powerful Job Search Assistance
- Can we guarantee you a job?
- Will you be able to claim points for your qualifications?
- Will you be able to claim points for your professional expertise?
- Is your profession on one of the Skill Shortages Lists?
- Will you meet the English language requirements?
- How much will it cost to get a visa for New Zealand?
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