4 July 2018

INZ replacing physical visa labels with eVisas

From today 4 July, Immigration New Zealand will issue electronic visas or eVisas in place of physical labels in passports

INZ’s Assistant General Manager Peter Elms says while eVisas are currently issued to all visa applicants who use online channels, this is now extended to include paper-based applications.  

“INZ has been issuing eVisas since 2016, and nearly half of all visas currently issued are label-less. This means education providers should expect to see more eVisas,” says Peter.

“Successful applicants will receive an approval letter with the visa details via email which they should print and keep with their passport. Other than the letter, education providers and employers can verify visa details via INZ’s VisaView online system.

“On the rare occasion that an applicant does not have an email address, arrangements can be made to post the decision letter.”

Peter adds that while there is no need to have a physical visa label in a passport, INZ recognises that some individuals may prefer to have one. A label can be obtained by request by filling in an application form and a fee of $110.

INZ advises that students using Provider Direct (an on-campus system run between the education provider and INZ) will continue to receive labels. INZ will review this over the next year.

For more information on eVisas, click here.

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