Immigration New Zealand are changing their application fees and levies, from next week.
Summary of changes:
New fees and levies for major immigration categories are as follows:
|Visa||Current immigration costs
(applicants in NZ)
|New immigration costs
(applicants in NZ)
|Skilled Migrant Category||$2,470||$2,710|
|Partner of a New Zealander Resident Visa||$1,250||$1,480|
|Essential Skills Work Visa (online)||$318||$495|
|Fee Paying Student Visa (online only, ProviderDirect may differ)||$277||$275|
|Visitor visa (online)||$184||$211|
|Working Holiday Visa||$208||$245|
Further details can be found at
INZ will update the information on its website once they take effect on 5 November: (Fees for overseas applicants will be available there).
Applications received by INZ before November 5
The fee and levy applicants pay is based on when INZ receives the application.
Background to the changes
Here is an overview:
- Immigration levy and visa fees are periodically reviewed to ensure cost recovery levels are appropriate and that the memorandum account tracks to a zero balance over the medium term.
- This review was timely as there had not been a review since 2015.
- Since the 2015 review, the operating context and the costs involved in maintaining an effective immigration system continued to evolve, with increasing traveller flows, and a growing focus on risk, compliance and verification, as well as the continuous improvements Immigration New Zealand (INZ) is making to our operating model.
- This year’s review included a public consultation component for the first time, from 11 June to 15 July 2018.
- The proposed adjustments to fees and levies were set to address over- and under-recoveries that emerged over time. Increases were also proposed to meet the general cost pressures facing the immigration system, and to manage growing border risks.
- The fees and levy information has been available on the immigration website here since 1 October.
Source: Immigration New Zealand