New Zealand announces expansion of online visa applications

by Ray Clancy on June 18, 2015

People applying for visas to work or visit New Zealand can now do so online, it has been announced, a move that will make application processing faster.

Student visa applications for the country have been possible online since last August and now further development of a new ICT system means that others can also be submitted.


Online visas are possible as a result of the development of Immigration New Zealand’s new ICT system

Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse said that the rollout of online Work and Visitor visas is fantastic news for Immigration New Zealand (INZ) customers all over the world.

‘Online visas are possible as a result of the development of INZ’s new ICT system, known as Immigration ONLINE. The rollout of online Work and Visitor visas follows the success of online student visa applications which have been available online since August last year,’ he explained.

INZ’s third party partners such as immigration advisers and lawyers can also now lodge visa applications online on behalf of their clients, and others, such as education providers and employers, can now assist a student or employee with their relevant applications.

Meanwhile, eVisas, which are label-less and passport-less, are also now available to onshore Work and Visitor visa applicants from visa waiver countries. The next stage of eVisas will be rolled out later this year.

‘Immigration ONLINE makes the whole visa process easier and faster, and further supports some of our key export industries such as tourism and export education which have already benefitted from more visitors and international students. It’s also a good example of our public service making greater use of technology to deliver better services,’ Woodhouse said.

He pointed out that 60% of visa applications can now be made online and the online capability will be extended to 80% as a result of an additional capital investment of $28.4 million in the 2015 Budget.

‘The extra funding will enable INZ to improve the technology to extend Immigration ONLINE for family groups and tour groups to apply similar to a single visa,’ Woodhouse added.

‘It will also be used to increase automation so that applications can be processed anywhere in the world, resulting in quicker processing times for customers,’ he concluded.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Anand June 24, 2015 at 8:53 am

Thanks for your info sir. Please tell Where I can find new Zealand online application link.


Naveen June 26, 2015 at 3:18 pm

Plz tell me about the nz immi online link.


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