New Zealand is one of the most peaceful and beautiful places in the world and is often found on many travel bucket lists. This scenic country is where most of Middle Earth was shot for Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy.
If you plan on visiting this country located in the Oceania continent, you will need to get a visitor visa if you are a Philippine passport holder. Here are the steps we took to get ours. As with any visa-related post we have in this blog, it is based solely on our experience and maybe totally different from yours.
So, just a clear disclaimer: I am not an agent, an immigration lawyer or a consultant. I do not have any connection with New Zealand Immigration or any embassy or deciding body related to visa applications. What we have here are steps on how to get a visa based on our experience.
So, to start off, the type of visa we applied for is for a dependent child visitor visa. As far as I know, there are two types of visitor visas, the general visa and the ones that fall under the special visitor categories. So, before you apply for one, this is the first step you need to take.
- Know your visa type. This will depend on your reason to visit New Zealand and any connection you may have there. There are different visas for those with family there (under Family Stream).
- General Visitors: http://www.immigration.govt.nz/migrant/stream/visit/visitors/
- Special Visitor Categories: http://www.immigration.govt.nz/migrant/stream/visit/visitors/specialvisitors.htm
- Choose the type of application you want to do. You can do it online, which is the fastest way to do it but may require a credit card. You can also do a paper application and get it picked up via courier or go to the VIA centre to drop it off.
- Think about your itinerary as this may affect the number of days your visa will be for. For those who only need a visa for 59 days or less, you may apply for free.
- Understand the basic requirements for the visa which means you must be: in good health, are of good character and have a good purpose for coming and is a bona fide temporary visitor
- Complete the application form found here: http://www.immigration.govt.nz/NR/rdonlyres/6A5C188E-11CE-4DB0-BF5D-D55010BDF5BE/0/INZ1017.pdf (for paper applications).
- Make sure you have a valid passport and 2 passport-sized photos.
- Prepare your proof of funds. This means your bank cert and statements or a credit card with sufficient credit limit. You can also get a sponsor to cover your costs. A minimum of NZ$1000 per person per month is needed for visitor visas, except if you already have bookings for your accommodations then only MZ$400 per person per month is required.
- Prepare proof that you plan to leave. As with the Schengen application, we highly suggest you have a go-to travel agency that can book a flight and confirm it for you for visa application purposes.
- For dependent children in your application, you need evidence that you are the parent or the legal guardian. A birth certificate would suffice.
That’s basically it! Just make sure your application is complete before sending it in online or via the paper application process. They usually respond within 5 to 10 business days and will call you if they have any concerns about your application. The visa itself will have all the conditions noted.
Good luck with your application.