Immigration New Zealand (external link) (INZ) is the government agency responsible for establishing New Zealand immigration policies.
In general, you will need a visa if you wish to:
- visit as a tourist (external link)
- work temporarily (external link)
- have a working holiday (external link)
- reside permanently (external link)
- study (external link)
The Immigration New Zealand (external link)Link website provides comprehensive information in English about visa requirements when coming to New Zealand including information on:
- Commonly asked questions (external link)
- Forms and guides (external link)
- Fees (external link)
- Doctors for immigration medicals (external link)
- Where to lodge your application (external link)
- Visa-free countries (external link)
The receiving office for New Zealand visa applications has changed. Applications are no longer lodged with the New Zealand High Commission in Ottawa, and instead those from Canada and all countries in the Americas, including the Caribbean, need to be sent to the New Zealand Visa Application Centre (VAC) (external link) in Washington D.C., USA
Immigration New Zealand is committed to ensuring a smooth transition for its customers and is working closely with the New Zealand High Commission in implementing this change.
There is a $USD37.00 handling fee per application, in addition to the relevant visa fee.
A pre-paid self-addressed courier envelope must be provided for the return of the passport and original documents. Please refer to the website of TT Services http://www.ttsnzvisa.com/ (external link), Immigration New Zealand’s agent, for information regarding courier options.
Applications submitted in person may by paid by credit card or cash.
Applications submitted by mail or courier may be paid by credit card only.
All applications should be lodged with:
Visa Application Centre Washington DC
Address: 1120 19th Street NW, Suite No. 415, Washington, DC. 20036
Phone: +1 202 223 3400
Fax: +1 202 223 3900
Office hours: 9.00am to 4.00pm, Monday to Friday EDT
Call Centre hours: 9.00am to 4.00pm, Monday to Friday EDT
For information on New Zealand visas please visit http://www.immigration.govt.nz/ (external link)