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As anticipated NZ Government has reviewed prices of its immigration fees and levies to account for the increasing immigration costs.  Here’s our breakdown of the information.


The Government states that the immigration costs have gone up as more and more people are choosing to come to New Zealand. While some of the visa classes will have more fee now, small number of visas will decrease. The amount collected from increased fee will be used towards paying for the cost of providing visa services and strengthening border security and regulations for immigration advisers.


These changes will come into effect from 5th November 2018.

How much do I need to pay for applying my visa?

Popular visa categories, the current and future charges (for applicants in New Zealand), are listed below:

Visa Type Current Total Fee

(Applicants in NZ)

Total fee w.e.f. 5th Nov. 2018

(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) $298 $495
Fee Paying Student Visa (online) $250 $275
Visitor visa (online) $165 $211
Working Holiday Visa $208 $245

INZ website will have an updated fee tool once these changes take effect on 5th November.

You can find fee and immigration levy rates on other visas at https://www.immigration.govt.nz/documents/media/schedule-of-new-fees-and-levies-for-5-november-2018.pdf

For those who are planning to study, work or live in NZ, here’s a great tool to start – https://www.newzealandnow.govt.nz/move-to-nz/new-zealand-visa

If you are looking for assistance to help you in choosing right the kind of visa option and applying for the same, feel free to get in touch with our expert team at Carmento Immigration at https://www.carmento.com/





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