Frequently Asked Questions
This collection of frequently asked questions (FAQ) provides brief answers to many common questions about New Zealand Immigration visas. It also provides links to more detailed information available from this web site.
Why should I use an Immigration Adviser?
|To maximise you applications success
To ensure your application is being lodged and assessed in accordance to immigration policy
To ensure you are well informed and guided
How do I know if an adviser is licensed?
A licensed immigration adviser must display his /her license at all times. If you are looking for a license immigration adviser you may search on the Immigration Advisers Authority website (iaa.govt.nz)
My application has already been declined. Is there anything I can do?
|If we think that the decision was incorrect we will appeal the decision
If we believe exceptional circumstances exist we will put forward your case to Immigration New Zealand
There are special avenues that we can explore, so being rejected may not always be the end of the road.
How long will my application take?
|The processing time of your application is determined by many factors such as the processing branch, the type of application and your individual circumstances. Immigration New Zealand have set expected processing time and your adviser should give you a realistic expectation. Should your application not be finalised within the expected time frame a concern should be raised with the department.|
Do I need a job before I apply?
|This depends on the category under which you are applying for a work visa. Under the Family/Partnership and Graduate Job Search Categories you may qualify for a work visa without a job offer.|
Can I work while I hold a visitor visa?
|No. Visitor visa holder may not undertake employment. However, in some circumstances Immigration New Zealand may grant employment rights. To request for work rights on a visitor visa an application for a Variation of Condition may be lodged in the prescribed manner.|
Can I study while I hold a visitor visa?
|Visitors may be allowed to study a single course of study which is 3 months in duration while holding a visitor visa. This condition is often endorsed on your visa.|
How long can I remain in New Zealand as a visitor?
|The maximum time allowed as visitor is 9 months in 18 months. However in some circumstances a visitor visa can be extended beyond 9 months.|
Can I work while I hold a student visa?
|Students may work up to 20 hours per week. When applying for a student visa 20 hours of work rights can be requested. You may only work while on a student visa if it has been endorsed on your student visa.|
Did you know?
|That between July 2010 and April 2011:
The New Zealand Residence Programme (NZRP) planning range is 45,000-50,000 permanent residence approvals per year
32,163 people were approved for residence
115,019 work visas were approved
65,060 people were approved for a student visa
The largest source countries of students were China (23%), India (14%) and South Korea (12%).
On average 30% of skilled migrant residency applications are declined