How To Apply For New Zealand Visitor Visa in the Philippines

Recently, a friend came over from the Philippines for a short vacation here in NZ and stayed with us for a few weeks. She went here with a Visitor Visa. I had some time to spare so I helped her with the visa application.  The entire visa application, I realized, was very easy. In this post, I am going to share how we got a New Zealand Visitor Visa.

To obtain a visitor visa, you can either apply personally or apply online. We opted to apply online since it is faster and more hassle-free. To know if you are eligible to apply online, see the checklist here. Basically, if you are applying as an individual then it is allowed.

To start, you need to create an online account. After account is created and appropriate visa is selected, an application number will be assigned to you. Then, you would be directed to a series of questions about your personal details.  The questions are the same questions that can be found in the application form if you will apply manually. At the end of the questionnaire, there will be an Upload Documents section where you can provide the evidence to support your application.

Here is the list of the basic requirements that you need to upload:

  1. Passport Photos (The photo service shop provided us with a soft copy of the photos)
  2. Passport
  3. ID (Not required but it helps in the application process)
  4. Letter from employer showing that your leave from work is approved (COE and Leave Form)
  5. Evidence that you have sufficient funds to support yourself in New Zealand (Bank statement in your name that includes the last 6 months history)
  6. Evidence that you have paid for onward travel (Flight Itinerary/Ticket Reservation)
  7. Any other documents that can support the application (we uploaded the NBI, Withholding Tax Certificate and Travel Itinerary)

Take note of the document size that you will be uploading. The allowed size must not exceed 10MB.

After uploading the documents and finalizing your application, there will be a confirmation message which you will be asked to print out. Next step is to bring your passport along with this printed message to the Visa Office. You will also need to pay for the processing fee during submission of the final requirements.

 

NZ Visa Offices

VFS Manila

VFS Global Services Philippines Private Inc.,
Mezzanine Floor Unit M01, Ecoplaza Building,
2305 Chino Roces Avenue Extension Makati City, Metro Manila 1231
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 08:00 -16:00

VFS Cebu

VFS Global Services Philippines Private Inc.,
9th Floor, Keppel Center, Unit 905, Samar Loop
cor. Cardinal Rosales Avenue,
Cebu Business Park, Cebu City 6000
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 08:00 – 14:00

VFS Contact Number: 632 790 4905 (helpline)
Email: info.nzph@vfshelpline.com

 

Fees

Good news because it is free! Citizens of the Philippines do not have to pay if the application is made outside NZ and the period stay does not exceed 59 days. If you will visit for more than 59 days, you will need to pay 5,620 pesos. But wait! There is, of course, a processing fee.  Current price is PHP 760.

If you would like to have your passport delivered back to you, you will have to pay a courier service fee of PHP 380.

 

Processing Times

According to the NZ Immigration website, most online applications are processed within 20 days, and most paper application within 25 days. In our case, it took 5 working days before we got the approval email.

7/5 – submitted application
7/7 – passport received by VFS
7/12 – received email that application was approved
7/14 – received passport with visa

 

Everything you need to know about the NZ Visitor Visa can be found here: https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/apply-for-a-visa

More info regarding NZ Visitor Visa from VFS here: http://www.vfsglobal.com/newzealand/philippines/how-to-apply.html

 

Buying Asian Products | Mamonde, 3CE and Innisfree

I just received a package from Hikoco, an online Korean beauty products store. I am a fan of Korean products since I feel like they’re a perfect fit for my skin, Asian skin. I purchased 2 lipsticks and a mask! I have been watching some Korean TV shows since we got here in NZ and I realized that the girls are usually pretty. So it got me to buy and try some of what’s popular in Korea! 

Here’s what I purchased:

  1. Mamonde Creamy Tint Color Balm Intense in shade #16
  2. 3CE Matte Lipstick #907 (old dress)
  3. Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask

mamonde_3ce

 

Korean products

 

I have been eyeing the Mamonde one since I’ve recently taken an instant liking to Park Shin Hye, the Mamonde model. I’ve seen her in Heirs and You’re Beautiful. She’s really pretty and she looks natural. I read that the products became quite popular too because of her! The other products were just randomly chosen with a bit of research.

As for the buying experience, I was happy with the super fast delivery. There were also some freebies! 🙂

Aside from Hikoco, I also got some Asian beauty products from Ippondo store in Westfield Mall. I got a Kracie Hadabisei facial wash for Acne prevention.

 

Declaring Health Issues on Your NZ Visa Application

Medical Exam was the most worrying part of our visa application for me. I am pretty fit but I couldn’t help but think that they might find something wrong with me. Another thing that troubled me was that I have hypothyroidism (under active thyroid which requires me to take hormone supplement for life).

So here’s what I did first. I googled for anyone who have the same condition and checked if they declared it or if it was a cause for visa rejection. In several forums, there are people with the same condition that say it should not be a cause for concern. As long as it is controlled, then absolutely no problem whatsoever.  They just declared everything and submitted a doctor’s certificate. Besides, it says in the Visa Health Requirement that acceptable standard is that you are

  • unlikely to be a danger to public health
  • unlikely to impose significant costs or demands on New Zealand’s health services or special education services
  • able to perform the functions for which you have been granted.

What they are looking for actually are those terminal illness like Tuberculosis, Hepatitis, HIV, kidney problems, etc. In any case, I declared in the questionnaire that I am taking levothyroxine for my thyroid.

It is important to make sure that you bring the following:

  1. Detailed medical certificate from your endocrinologist. The one that I had in hand was handwritten and does not have some of the details required so I had to go back to my endocrinologist to ask for a new one.
Medical Certificate Template
Medical Certificate Template from St. Lukes Extension Clinic

2. Recent thyroid ultrasound

3. Recent thyroid tests (FT3, FT4, TSH)

I was given 7 days to email the above list to capanel@slec.ph. After 11 days, I received an automated email from eMedical which says that the health results has been completed and submitted to INZ.

 

* We had our medical exam in St. Luke’s Extension Clinic in Global City.

If you had the same experience, please feel free to share! 🙂