23 September 2022 at 9:05 am
Important update: passport requirements for temporary visa applicants offshore
Most students applying for a student visa with New Zealand from offshore no longer need to send their physical passport to a Visa Application Centre (VAC) for scanning, reducing postage delays and costs for students.
Immigration New Zealand has announced a change to passport requirements that affect a number of temporary visa applicants offshore. This change is in effect now.
The change means that people applying from offshore for a student, visitor or work temporary visa only need to send Immigration New Zealand a high-quality scan of their passport, not a physical copy.
An Immigration Officer may still ask for a physical passport if they consider it necessary for the application. This will be on a case-by-case basis.
This is a temporary measure to help with visa processing. People applying for a student visa or group visitor visa through the Immigration Online form will currently receive an automated letter asking for a physical passport to be submitted. This is not required, and Immigration New Zealand is working to update the letter to reflect the change in requirements.