New Zealand, the home of the Maori, is one of the most developed countries on the planet. Moreover, the country is counted amongst the top countries to provide the highest quality of life to its citizens. New Zealand offers numerous things to all its visitors whether it tourism or business or studies. The country has some splendid beaches among other tourist attractions such as the Lord of the Rings tour. Additionally, New Zealand also provides a budding environment for aspiring students through its high quality of education services.
All Indian citizens require a visa to enter New Zealand. New Zealand does not have an open boundary or immigration policy with India. Therefore, depending on the nature and purpose of your visit, you will need to apply for the right type of New Zealand visa.
The New Zealand visa application process is pretty straightforward compared to the visa application process of some countries. To apply for a New Zealand visa you will need to follow the steps given below:
You can apply for your visa either using;
IMMIGRATION online or Via paper based application at any of the Visa Application Centre (VAC)Immigration Online:
INZ’s or Immigration New Zealand’s Immigration Online system provides you the option to apply online for various types of visa but it does not allow you to apply for all visa types. You will need to upload relevant documents, photographs while the payment for the visa application fee will also be done online.
You may be asked to provide your passport
However, you will be notified of the same on the ‘Thank You’ page after you have submitted your Immigration ONLINE visa application. In such a case, you will need to send your passport to the nearest VAC. Additionally, you will also need to send relevant documents, and they are:
You can apply for New Zealand visa using paper based application forms. If you select this option, then you will need to submit the form and the documents at the nearest VAC.
When submitting an application to a VAC, you will be required to submit:
If you choose a paper based application then you will need to submit your application and relevant documents at nearest VAC, the address for New Zealand visa application centers are:
B–6/8, 03rd Floor, Commercial Complex, Opposite Deer Park, Safdarjung Enclave
New Delhi – 110029
#105, 1st Floor, Hallmark Business Plaza, Guru Nanak Hospital Road, Bandra (East)
Mumbai – 400051
8/1 A, Little Russel Street 4th Floor
Kolkata – 700071
Chandan House, 2nd Floor, Mithakhali Six Roads, Opp. Pantaloons
Ahmedabad – 380006
39/4382, 1st Floor, Appu Saudham, Valanjambalam Junction, Valanjambalam, Eranakulam,
Kerala – 682016
009, Ground Floor Raheja Chambers, 12 Museum Road
Bangalore – 560001
SCO 140, Ground Floor, Sector 8 C, Madhya Marg
Chandigarh UT - 160018
D.No.5-9-88/1, Saphire Complex, Chapel Road
Vadhiraja Centre, 1st Floor, 351 Avvai Shanmugam Road, Gopalapuram
Chennai - 600 086
Once you have submitted your application along with relevant documents, you will need to book an appointment at the High Commission of New Zealand in India or the New Zealand embassy or New Zealand consulate. You will be informed regarding the same once you have submitted your application and relevant documents.
The eligibility for a New Zealand visa is dependent on the type of visa you are applying for. Additionally, it is also dependent on the purpose, nature and duration of your visit. However, there are few common eligibility criteria that you will need to fulfil to be considered for a New Zealand visa. You need to ensure that you fulfil the eligibility criteria for an Australia visa. Australian government will not grant you a visa if you are deemed to have not met their character requirements.
The requirements are:
Once your application is submitted and your appointment is completed, you will be able to track the status of your application. You can visit here to know the status if you have applied online. Alternatively, you call the ICC contact centre at +64 9 914 4100.
However, if you applied through paper based application then you can visit here to know the status.
|1||The application form should be completed and signed by the applicant|
|2||Passport should be valid beyond a period of a minimum of three months after the tentative date of departure.
Passport should have at least two of its pages blank
The passport should not be more than a decade old.
No handwritten amendment or alteration should exist on the data page
|3||Two photographs: should abide by the international standards for photographs as established in the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)|
|4||Valid permit of return (may not be applicable in every case)|
|5||Cover letter: it should explain the nature and purpose of of the trip|
|8||Travel itinerary in case of round-trip flight bookings|
a) a minor should be accompanied by at least one parent who should provide a Original notarized NOC by the other parent in addition to the copies of passports or IDs of parents
b) a minor, if travelling alone, should provide a Original notarized NOC that has to be signed by both parents / legal guardians, plus copies of passports or IDs of parents
|10||Copy of the present passport in its entirety|
|11||Original(s) of previous passport(s) or proof of loss|
An Australian tourist visa is given to people that intent to visit the nation of Australia for tourism or to visit friends and family who reside in Australia. The tourist visa is necessary for Indian citizens if they wish to visit Australia. The tourist visa is also known as visitor visa.
A maximum of three months is allowed as the duration of visit for a New Zealand tourist visa. However, you can apply for a tourist visa for longer duration but you will need to contact the consulate of New Zealand and present your case as to why you require staying for a longer duration.
The eligibility criterion for New Zealand tourist visa or permit, if required is the same as the general eligibility criteria for visa or permit applications mentioned above.
The application process for New Zealand tourist visa permit, if required is the same as the general application process for visa or permit applications mentioned above.
The documents required for New Zealand tourist visa permit, if required is the same as the general documents required for visa or permit applications mentioned above.
Depending on the nature and duration of the visit, New Zealand visas are classified into various categories, they are:Visiting New Zealand
New Zealand tourist visa is given to people that intent to visit the nation of New Zealand for tourism or to visit friends and family who reside in New Zealand.Working in New Zealand
This visa is issued to Indian citizens who intend to visit the nation of New Zealand to work for a company or to start a business.Studying in New Zealand
This visa is issued to Indian citizens who intend to visit the nation of New Zealand to study at the educational institutes in the nation. However, the reputation of the institute and the course carry a lot of weightage of the visa.Medical Treatment
This visa is issued to Indian citizens who intend to visit the nation of New Zealand for medical purposes, i.e. to have a medical procedure or treatment. In such cases, the applicants will need to provide the recommendation from the doctor in India in addition to a letter from the medical institute in New Zealand where the treatment or procedure will take place.
|Fee and Immigration levy rates||Fee Band (NZ$)*||Immigration Levy (NZ$) The amounts in this column are in addition to the fee amount.|
|Band C Rest of World|
|Temporary visa – visitor visa|
|Temporary Retirement Category visitor visa||190||150||190||21|
|Group visitor visa – per person||3310||3310||3310||21|
|Other Group visitor visa|
|Temporary visa – student visa|
|Student Visa (Submitted by education provider)||110||-||-||25|
|Temporary visa – work visa|
|Work visa – Silver Fern Job Search||410||410||410||55|
|Work visa – Partnership/Work to Residence||580||580||580||55|
|Entrepreneur Work Visa||3310||2800||3310||55|
|Work visa – working holiday scheme||190||-||190||55|
|Work visa – working holidaymaker extension||190||-||190||55|
|Work visa – other||440||370||440||55|
|Temporary visa – related matters|
|Reconsideration of decision to decline temporary visa||220||-||-||-|
|Limited visa – student||250||200||270||25|
|Limited visa – work recognised seasonal employer||310||270||310||15|
|Limited visa – other||190||150||190||21|
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No, Indians are not eligible for Visa on Arrival. You will need to apply for visa in India and ensure that it is approved and valid.
Yes, the applicants can apply online. You will need to visit IMMIGRATION Online. INZ’s Immigration Online system does not provide you to apply for all visa types. Additionally, you will need to upload relevant documents, photographs while the payment for the visa application fee will also be done online.
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