Frequently Asked Questions – about New Zealand immigration

How do I find out if I am eligible to apply?

Check the current New Zealand immigration regulations – click here.
Take a 5 minute FREE eligibility Quick Check.


How long does it take to get a permanent residence visa?

Every application is different and processing times largely depend on the type of visa being applied for. For an indication of visa processing times, please click here.


Will the immigration authorities or Embassy help me to prepare my application and make sure that everything is correct before applying?

No. This type of service is no longer provided by Government. The authorities exist to enforce the immigration law, make decisions on residence applications and to issue residence visas. Although basic information and application forms are available, the authorities are unable to provide independent advice and personalized guidance on your specific case. A New Zealand Licensed Immigration Adviser or lawyer can provide this kind of service.

Can the immigration authorities refuse my application?

Yes. A surprisingly large number of applicants are unaware how strictly the immigration regulations are enforced and are often unnecessarily refused or delayed due to technical errors on their application or by submitting the wrong supporting documentation. So the moral of the story is to consider seeking the professional guidance and independent advice of an IAA Licensed Immigration Advisor or Lawyer before lodging an application for residence. Migration agents exist to help you find the best way through the immigration maze and are highly effective in doing so.


My migration consultant has assessed me as being eligible for residence in New Zealand. If I apply without his or her help, can I be certain of success?

No. Although you may fundamentally qualify under the immigration policy, you are by no means guaranteed of success. In order to be approved, your application must be prepared in accordance with the prevailing immigration regulations and submitted together with the appropriate supporting documentation. The ways in which to do this are not always clearly set out by the immigration authorities and can result in many applicants presenting their cases incorrectly, inevitably leading to refusal. So you should consider seeking the assistance of an IAA Licensed Immigration Advisor or lawyer for the entire residence visa process.