New Zealand immigration announces increase in visa fees

03 July 2012


New Zealand immigration services announced their visa fees will increase by 16.7 percent from 2 July 2012.

"The increase reflects the cost of delivering immigration services. New Zealand's fees will remain broadly comparable to competitor countries," said the immigration department.

Around 80 percent of visitors to New Zealand will not be affected by the increase as most travel visa free. However, everyone applying for a visa apart from a visitor visa has to pay a fee.

Here is a short summary of some of the new fees for popular New Zealand visas (All fees are in New Zealand Dollars):

Visa CategoryApplicants applying from within New ZealandApplicants from Pacific/AustraliaApplicants from all other countries
Skilled Migrant $1,810$1,550 $2,400
Student Visa$250 $195 $270
Visitor Visa$165 $130 $165
Family Category$930 $930 $1,600


Below you can find the approximate amounts in UK pounds sterling:
Visa CategoryApplicants applying from within New ZealandApplicants from Pacific/AustraliaApplicants from all other countries
Skilled Migrant£900£800£1,200
Student Visa£130£100£130
Visitor Visa£80£65£80
Family Category£470£470£800

The previous fees in these categories were:
Visa CategoryApplicants applying from within New ZealandApplicants from Pacific/AustraliaApplicants from all other countries
Skilled Migrant $1,550 (£780)$1,350 (£680)$2,050 (£1,000)
Student Visa$220 (£110)$170 (£85)$230 (£115)
Visitor Visa$140 (£70)$110 (£55)$140 (£70)
Family Category$790 (£400) $790 (£400)$1,350 (£680)

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