eVisas (visas without a physical label) from 4 July 2018
Change applies to paper based applications
Nearly half of all visas issued already are label-less.
Any online account customers receive eVisas rather than labels in physical passports.
The 4 July change extends the process of eVisas without labels to paper based applications.
There is an exception for students using Provider Direct.
INZ will review this over the next year.
What it means for applicants
Successful applicants will receive an approval letter with the visa details via email.
Visa holders should print a copy and keep it with their passport.
Other than the letter, employers and education providers can verify visa details via VisaView.
Visa holders can authorise other people or organisations.
e.g. health care providers or travel agents to verify visa details online through the Visa Verification Service. VisaView can be found from here.
Is getting a label possible?
While there is absolutely no need to have a physical label in a passport to prove that an
individual holds a visa, INZ recognises that some individuals may prefer to have one.
It is possible to obtain a label by request and payment of a fee of $110.
An application form can be found online from here.
Can eVisas be delivered by post?
The default method of delivering eVisas is by email.
On the rare occasions that an applicant does not have an email address arrangements can be made to post the decision letter.
Do I need to carry my eVisa at at all times?
Keep your eVisa with your passport.
Have it with you at all times when you are travelling internationally.
Use your discretion about carrying it within New Zealand but keep it in a safe place.