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