Completing a 20-page application form to get a visa to New Zealand is finally worth it. Not to mention, the tedious requirements that you have to come up with in the submission for visa application. After 10-working days, I have collected my visa and I’m happy that the application process went smoothly.
I have read in the website of Immigration New Zealand (INZ) that for nationalities like Filipinos, visa processing could take 90-days depending on various circumstances. So in mid-December of 2011, I wrote the High Commission of New Zealand, and throw several questions relevant to tourist visa application. After a couple of exchanged emails, I was advised by the Immigration New Zealand Singapore to lodge my application 1-month (instead of 3-months) before my scheduled travel.
Herewith is the checklist on how to obtain a Visitor Visa to New Zealand. Please note that the following requirements may vary depending on your current residence. However, these are the general requirements that is applicable to anyone who would be needing a visa to visit New Zealand for tourism purposes.
1) A properly completed and signed application form. The latest form can be downloaded at: http://www.immigration.govt.nz/migrant/general/formsandfees/formsandguides/
2) Two (2) copies of recent passport size photographs with white background
3) A non-refundable fee (regardless of the outcome of the application) amounting to $149 SGD is to be paid using Visa or Mastercard. Good news is that the New Zealand government has a bilateral fee-waiver agreements with the Philippines. The fee related notes states that “Citizens of the Philippines do not have to pay the fee if the application is made outside New Zealand and the period of stay does not exceed 59 days, i.e. short stay visitor intentions. However, for visits that intend to exceed 59 days the visitor visa fee is P5,200 pesos.”
4) Original passport and the copy of the passport’s personal particulars including evidence of travel to other countries, i.e. visas or entry stamps.
5) Original and a copy of evidence of residence status in the country where you are currently residing, i.e. employment pass, dependant or long-term visit pass, permanent residence, student pass etc.
6) A copy of your travel booking. Usually, the embassy don’t advice to purchase the ticket until a decision is made on the visa application. In my case, I always take risk because every time I would apply for a visa, I had purchased a promo ticket already :). So it’s either I take it or I lose it. I am thankful so far it always work that way. But I don’t personally advise to follow my way, unless you are ready to lose a penny ;).
7) A copy of your bank statements for the last 3-months. Or if you have a sponsor, there is a Sponsorship Form for Visiting New Zealand (INZ 1025) which must be completed by the New Zealand sponsor. You can check the form at the INZ website.
8) A letter from your employer stating your occupation, length of employment, monthly salary and leave approval dates granted.
9) Proof of accommodation, a hostel, hotel or guesthouse where you will be staying during your period of travel.
10) A health requirement is needed if your stay will be more than 6-months otherwise, it is not necessary.
My recent experience with the High Commission of New Zealand is highly commendable. I am deeply grateful for the Visa Officer that my application has been carefully considered notwithstanding that I failed to comply with the previous 3-consecutive month bank statements for reason that I have just updated my current residence. Whereas requesting for a bank statement at my bank, I would need to pay $20 SGD per month of request which I personally find preposterous to be honest.
To Ms Wendy Teo and All, it maybe a small thing but you’ve made things easy for me. Thank you so much!