New Zealand Embassy Jakarta, Indonesia

From the Ambassador's Blog: Visas – New Zealand is straightforward and welcoming

A question I frequently get is “can you help me get a visa to New Zealand?” often followed by a remark about how difficult it can be to obtain visas to certain countries.

I don’t deal with visas on a day to day basis so refer enquiries to the experts online or the team in the Embassy. But I thought that perhaps it’s time to make a few comments about visas and New Zealand. I’ve been careful to develop this blog in association with Grayson Rowse who leads the visa team at the New Zealand Embassy here in Jakarta.

New Zealand welcomes visitors from Indonesia. The number of arrivals each year is growing, with over 12,000 Indonesians coming to New Zealand over the last 12 months. Tourist and student numbers are growing and there has also been a pleasing rise in official and business visits as well. I’m sure that will continue as links between the two countries deepen further and as Indonesia’s development continues.

Since the Bali bombings, Indonesians require a visa to visit New Zealand. We offer different categories of visa including for visitors, students, workers (including business visitors and seasonal workers) and investors. Indonesians may also apply for permanent residence in New Zealand. Visit www.immigration.govt.nz for more information.

We are also working to initiate a working holiday scheme for young Indonesians to be able to travel to New Zealand and live, work and study for up to a year.

We have recently opened a Visa Application Centre (VAC) in Jakarta, where we share a facility with Australia. Visa applicants can now visit the centre, show their documents and submit their paperwork. If they want to visit both New Zealand and Australia, this is like a one-stop shop which makes the process faster as both countries can simultaneously consider and process visa applications, rather than go one after the other as used to be the case.

As we know Indonesians from other centres want a better service, a VAC has also opened in Bali. To find out how to apply for a visa you can visit www.vfsglobal.com/newzealand/indonesia or email: info.nzid@vfshelpline.com or phone: +62 21 5151669, or you can visit the Visa Application Centre between 8.30am and 4.00pm Monday to Friday.

The Visa Application Centres are located at:
New Zealand Visa Application Centre
Plaza Asia, Lt 22, Zone C
Jalan Jendral Sudirman Kav 59
Jakarta

Or in Bali
New Zealand Visa Application Centre
Benoa Square 3rd floor No. 7-9.3/A
Jalan Bypass I Gusti Ngurah Rai No. 21A
Kedonganan, Kuta, Bali

And yes, the team do speak bahasa Indonesia and English, and the websites are in both languages too.

Visitor visas, which include business visas, normally take 7 working days to process. Student visas take about 15 working days. Sometimes we may need to take more time with an application. If we need to take longer on your application, someone from the team will contact you to let you know. Some people come at the last minute, which runs the risk of missing out. The best advice is always to get in early!

There is a very high rate of visa approvals for Indonesians. Last year the percentage of visitor visas approved was 98 percent. For students it was 95 percent.

Immigration New Zealand, which runs our visa processes, is always looking to make improvements. The VAC is one example. Another is applying for a visa for the whole family on one application form. If the father and mother and the children are all travelling together, they can all apply together on one form and only pay one fee. Where possible we look to give visas for more than one year. And work is under way to try and make it simpler for students to get visas to New Zealand; we’ve already reduced the medical test requirements.

The ethos here is to try and help make the visa experience quicker and simpler, while still maintaining confidence that those coming to New Zealand will be able to support themselves financially and to keep out undesirable people like criminals.

I hope this demystifies the New Zealand visa experience a little. We do value our growing links with Indonesia and want to make it as simple and as quick as possible for people from this country to come and experience ours, whether as a tourist, student, businessman or worker or government official.

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