Applying New Zealand visitor visa from USA

By HorizonNerd - February 27, 2018

Wondering!! Why there is so less content available on visitor visa processing? While applying for a visa from the USA( being an India passport holder) we struggled to find the correct process. Sometimes stuck at a certain stage and now what next. So just thought to pen down the steps we followed and some important points. I hope it helps!.
New Zealand visitor visa is a short term visa usually valid for travel duration. As per maximum duration for the visa is up to 9 months. 
Here are the steps applying for the visa
  • Passport(s) original
  • Passport size color photographs
  • Pay stubs - 3 Months
  • Bank statement - 3 months
  • Employment letter
  • Marriage and Birth certificate( if required)
  • Booking details( flight to and from and hotel)
Details required in the form:- 
  • Travel dates
  • Employment details (current and previous)
  • Credit card details
Apply On paper:- 
Download form INZ 1017 (Visitor Visa Application)
Fill the form with required details, including CC details at the end for visa fee
Print and bundle application with required documents mentioned above
Send application with an original passport(s) to the following address 
   New Zealand Visa Application Centre,
   1025 Vermont Avenue, 
   NW 2nd Floor Washington, 
   DC 20005, USA

Apply online:- 
Till 2016 when we applied visa application wasn’t available online for Indian passport holders. I am not sure about the current status.

Some pointers:- 
  • PDF form doesn't look like an editable PDF but still, we managed to fill it with adobe in windows machine
  • Application once submitted can be tracked here
  • Usually, it takes 25 days to complete the process, but the current processing time can be checked on the VFS website.
  • Complete and final your itinerary before applying for a visa as visa validity remains only for the travel dates ( +1 week)
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  • Time taken to figure out how to apply - 1 weekend
  • Time taken to fill and post-application package - 1 week
  • The initial response from VAC to submit passports - 2 days
  • End to end processing time after submitting passports - 25 days

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