Make sure you include all the information and documents Immigration New Zealand asks for. Find out whether you need to include certified copies, originals or photocopies of your documents. Check whether you need to include any English translations.
If you are coming to New Zealand on a temporary visa and think you may later want to apply for residence, you should check what documents you might need and how you can obtain them (for example, police certificates). The residence application form will contain information about whether you’ll need to bring original or certified copies of your documents.
Make sure your passport is valid for at least 3 months after you intend to leave New Zealand. It should have enough free pages to add any required visa labels. If your passport is lost or expired, you can’t apply until you replace it. If your application succeeds, and you are not eligible for an eVisa, you must provide your passport so Immigration New Zealand can place a visa label in it.
Apply for your visa in time
Visa applications take time to be decided. You should allow sufficient time for your visa application to be decided when making travel plans or applying for a further visa while in New Zealand. If your visa expires while you’re in New Zealand, you will be unlawfully in New Zealand and under a legal obligation to leave. If you want to apply for another visa, you must apply, and allow enough time to have it processed, before your current visa expires.