Visitor Visas

 

This visa allows you to visit friends and/or family, explore New Zealand (holidaying and sightseeing), enjoy amateur sports or adventure activity, or get married; you are allowed to study for up to 3 months on a visitor visa.

 

From 1st October 2019, if you are from a visa waiver country you must hold an NZeTA (New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority) BEFORE you travel.

Visa Waiver Countries

New Zealand has a Visa Waiver Agreement with several countries, which means that you may be able to visit New Zealand without a visitor visa depending on which country you are from. This does not mean you are able to stay in New Zealand for as long as you want, although if you are a British citizen you can visit for six months.  If you are from any other visa waiver country you can visit for three months.  Here is a link to the list of visa waiver countries and territories, as well as information on NZeTA and medical treatment visitor visas.

 

There are various types of visitor visas.  Depending on your circumstances, we can assist with the appropriate visitor visa for you.  You can stay up to nine months and in some circumstances, may be able to apply for a three-month extension.  The main reasons for visitor visas are:

  • Visiting friends and family

  • Exploring New Zealand

  • Enjoying sports or adventure activity

  • Undertaking business consultation

  • Medical treatment

You must:

  • Provide proof of identity;

  • Be in good health and of good character;

  • Genuinely intend to meet the conditions of your visa;

  • Have enough money to support yourself and everyone included in your application while in New Zealand, or have an acceptable sponsor;

  • Have health insurance to cover the full duration of your visit;

  • Hold evidence of lawful purpose for your visit; and

  • Hold evidence of onward travel, or be sponsored for the cost of your onward travel. 

 

If you are bringing family, they may be included in this application but must also meet the requirements for this visa.  Children must be aged 19 and under.  You are NOT able to work on a visitor visa.

Partner Visitor Visas

Partner of a Worker Visitor Visa

You may join your partner as long as they are on a work visa (not within excluded work visa categories below), and you do not intend to work.  This visa is usually issued for the same length of time as your partner’s work visa.  The excluded categories are:

  • Working holiday visa

  • Skilled migrant category work visa

  • Silver Fern job search work visa

  • Recognised seasonal employer limited visa

  • Fishing crew work visa

  • Supplementary season employment work visa

  • Domestic staff of a diplomat work visa

 

Partner of a New Zealander Visitor Visa

You may join your New Zealand citizen or resident partner for up to 24 months, but you are unable to work during this time.

 

The main requirement of a partner visitor visa is to show you are in a genuine and stable relationship, and that you comply with the minimum requirements for recognition of partnership.  You must also meet certain requirements around health, character, and genuine intentions, and your partner must support your visa application.  You must also provide evidence that you are able to leave New Zealand within the expected timeframe.