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  • 28 August 2017

    Eid Al Adha visa application centre Closure

    The New Zealand Visa application center in Dubai will remain closed on Thursday, Sunday 31 August 2017, 03 September 2017 in lieu of Eid Al Adha.The next working day will be Monday, 04 September 2017.

  • 28 August 2017

    On the 28 August 2017, Immigration New Zealand (INZ) will be introducing changes to the Essential Skills and Skilled Migrant Category policies. For more information about these changes and how they might affect you please visit the INZ website:

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    21 June 2017

    Eid Al Fitr - VAC Closure on 25 June 2017 and 26 June 2017

    The New Zealand Visa application center in Dubai will remain closed on 25 June 2017 and 26 June 2017 for Eid Al Fitr and next working day will be Tuesday 27 June 2017.

  • 20 April 2017

    Changes to the Skilled Migrant Category and Essential skills policy

    New Zealand’s Minister of Immigration announced changes to the Skilled Migrant Category and Essential skills policy that will be introduced later this year. The proposed changes to the Essential Skills policy are subject to further consultation with interested parties during April and May.

    The Minister also announced the introduction of a new work to residence policy for long term holders of Essential Skills work visas in the South Island.

    More information is available on the INZ website at:

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    14 April 2017

    Isra and Miraj Holiday

    The New Zealand visa Application Center , Dubai will remain closed on Sunday 23 April 2017 for Isra and Miraj day

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    06 April 2017

    Easter Holiday Closure

    The New Zealand Visa Application Centre, Dubai will remain closed on Sunday & Monday - 16 march 2017 and 17 March 2017 for Easter.

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    07 December 2016

    Birthday of Prophet Muhammed Visa Application Centre Closure

    The New Zealand Visa application center in Dubai will remain closed Sunday 11 December 2016 in lieu of Prophet Muhammed Birthday.

    Visa application center in Dubai will remain closed on 25,26 December 2016 in lieu of Christmas and Boxing Day the next working day is Tuesday 27 December 2016.

    The New Zealand Visa application center in Dubai will remain closed Sunday 01 January 2017 in lieu of new year day 2017, the next working day will be Monday 02 January 2017.

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    23 November 2016

    UAE National Day and Martyr’s Day -VAC Closure

    The New Zealand Visa application center in Dubai will remain closed on Wednesday, 30 November 2016 and Thursday, 01 December 2016 in lieu of UAE National Day and Martyr’s Day . The next working day will be Sunday, 04 December 2016.

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    17 November 2016

    Fee increase for paper-based visitor visa applications

    Fees for paper applications for visitor visas and for group visitor visas will increase on 21 November 2016.

    Please visit the INZ website for more information

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    20 October 2016

    Information from Immigration New Zealand (INZ), regarding Visa processing

    The Dubai office for Immigration New Zealand advises that applications for travel before 15 January 2017 must be submitted before 30 November 2016. If applications are not received by this time, there is no guarantee the application will be processed in time for travel.”

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    03 October 2016

    Information from Immigration New Zealand (INZ), regarding visa status changes for South Africa

    From 21 November 2016 the New Zealand Government is set to introduce visitor visa requirements for all South African nationals wishing to travel to New Zealand.

    Currently, people from South Africa do not need to apply for a visa before travelling to New Zealand, with genuine visitors being granted a visitor visa on arrival. This means that from on or from the 21 November 2016 ALL South African nationals will need to obtain a visa before travelling to New Zealand.

    For more information please visit the Immigration New Zealand website

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    03 October 2016

    Information from Immigration New Zealand (INZ), regarding visa status changes for Mauritius and the Seychelles  

    From 21 November 2016 visitors to New Zealand from Mauritius and the Seychelles will no longer need to arrange a visa before travelling. Genuine visitors will be granted three-month visas on arrival at the border.

     For more information please visit the Immigration New Zealand website

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    06 September 2016

    Eid Al Adha visa application centre Closure

    The New Zealand Visa application center in Dubai will remain closed on Sunday , Monday and Tuesday 11 September 2016, 12 September 2016 and 13 September 2016 in lieu of Eid Al Adha.The next working day will be Wednesday, 14 September 2016.

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    02 August 2016

    Singapore Airlines Special visa processing arrangements:

    From 15 August 2016 INZ will introduce special visa processing arrangements for eligible Singapore Airlines Kris Flyer members. Please visit the INZ website for more details.

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    31 July 2016

    From 1 August 2016 the foreign currency visa application fees charged by Immigration New Zealand will change.

    From 1 August 2016 the foreign currency visa application fees charged by Immigration New Zealand will change. Please click here for more information:

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    28 June 2016

    Eid Al Fitr - VAC Closure on 06 and 07 July 2016

    The New Zealand Visa application center in Dubai will remain closed on 06 and 07 July 2016 for Eid Al Fitr and next working day will be Sunday 10 July 2016 .

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    02 May 2016

    Isra and Miraj Holiday

    The New Zealand visa Application Center , Dubai will remain closed on Thursday – 05 May 2016 for Isra and Miraj day

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    20 March 2016

    Easter Holiday Closure

    The New Zealand Visa Application Centre, Dubai will remain closed on Sunday & Monday - 27 march 2016 and 28 March 2016 for Easter.

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    10 February 2016

    Notice – Effective 18 January 2016, all applicants who are submitting their passports for final processing at Dubai Visa Application Centre; for cases where the original application had been submitted at another location, will be required to pay the Passport handling fee of : 73 AED

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    29 January 2016

    Paper based visa applications will no longer be accepted by the New Zealand Embassy from 1 February 2016 in Ankara

    From 1 February 2016, paper based visa applications will no longer be accepted by the New Zealand Embassy in Ankara. Applications must be lodged on the Immigration New Zealand Online site at https://www.immigration.govt.nz/secure/

    Paper based visa applications will still be accepted at the Visa Application Centre in Dubai.  The contact details for the Centre can be found at : http://www.vfsglobal.com/newzealand/uae/contact_us.html

    Visa labels for Turkish citizens, resident in Turkey will continue to be issued by  the New Zealand Embassy in Ankara . Turkish citizens should not send their passports to Dubai unless specifically requested by an Immigration Officer.

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    23 December 2015

    The New Zealand Visa application center in Dubai will remain closed Sunday 03 January 2016 in lieu of new year day 2016, the next working day will be Monday 4 January 2016.

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    16 December 2015

    Birthday of Prophet Muhammed visa application centre Closure

    The New Zealand Visa application center in Dubai will remain closed 24 Thursday December 2015 in lieu of Prophet Muhammed Birthday

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    16 December 2015

    Visa application center in Dubai will remain closed on 27 December in lieu of Christmas and Boxing Day the next working day is Monday 28 December 2015.

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    26 November 2015

    INZ fees are changing on 7 December 2015

    On 7 December 2015 immigration fees for New Zealand are changing.  In addition some visa applicants will be required to pay an immigration levy, to be submitted with the application and fee.

    Immigration New Zealand has also adjusted the exchange rates where fees are converted in to local currency so it is important that you submit the correct amount with your application.

    Applications which are submitted to, or arrive at, Visa Application Centres from 7 December 2015 must include the correct INZ amount and any applicable VAC service fee.

    Before submitting your application you can contact your local Visa Application Centre or refer to the Fees /Levy effective 7 December 2015 at www.immigration.govt.nz/fees to ensure you submit the right amount with your application.

    The Office and Fees Finder will be updated on 7 December 2015. 

    For more information about the changes see Fees and Levy update and Questions and Answers.

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    24 November 2015

    UAE National Day -VAC Closure

    The New Zealand Visa application center in Dubai will remain closed on Wednesday, 02 December 2015 and Thursday, 03 December 2015 in lieu of UAE National Day. The next working day will be Sunday, 06 December 2015.

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    18 November 2015

    Due to the increase in visa applications over the New Zealand summer, INZ recommend that visa applications are submitted online and before 05 December 2015. If applications are received after this date, then INZ may not be able to process your application in December due to New Zealand holidays.

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    24 September 2015

    23 and 24 September 2015: Eid Al Adha visa application centre Closure

    The New Zealand Visa application center in Dubai will remain closed from Wednesday and Thursday 23 and 24 September 2015 till Saturday, 26 September 2015 in lieu of Eid Al Adha.The next working day will be Sunday, 27 September 2015.

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    20 August 2014

    From Thursday 28th August 2014, a new VAC service fee rate will apply. The change in fee rate is a result of foreign currency fluctuations against the New Zealand dollar in line with INZ’s contract with VAC providers.

    The new VAC service fee is: AED 95/-

    Click here for more information: http://www.immigration.govt.nz/migrant/general/generalinformation/news/

    Why is the VAC service fee changing?
    The VAC service fee amount contracted with the commercial providers who provide visa support services is set in New Zealand dollars (for locations included in this review). The service fee is then converted to local currency and reviewed at a specified frequency. This change in fee is a direct result of a review of foreign exchange rates in line with INZ’s contract with VAC providers.

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    31 July 2014

    Effective 03 August 2014 there will be a change in the New Zealand visa application fees. This is due to the changes in the exchange rate of the foreign currency. Please check the website http://www.immigration.govt.nz/migrant/general/formsandfees/officeandfeescalculator/LinkAdministration/ToolboxLinks/
    officeandfeescalculator.htm?level=1
    which will provide the updated fees on the effective date and ensure that the correct fees are furnished towards your Visa application.

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    28 and 29 July 2014

    28 and 29 July 2014 : Eid Al Fitr - VAC Closure

    The New Zealand Visa application center in Dubai will remain closed  on 28 & 29 July 2014 for Eid Al Fitr and next working day will be Wednesday 30 July 2014 .

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    25 May 2014

    Isra and Miraj Holiday

    The New Zealand visa Application Center , Dubai will remain closed on Sunday – 25 May 2014 for Isra and Miraj day

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    17 April 2014

    Easter Holiday Closure

    The New Zealand Visa Application Centre, Dubai will remain closed on Sunday & Monday - 20 and 21 April 2014 for Easter.

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    24 March 2014

    Relocation of VAC and VAC Closure

    Please note that effective 01 April 2014, the Visa application Centre in Dubai is moving to a New location. For details on the New location, please visit the Contact Us link on this website.
    The New Zealand Visa application center in Dubai will remain closed on Sunday, 31 March 2014 inorder to facilitate this change.

    For more details, please write to feedback.inzdxb@vfshelpline.com

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    08 January 2014

    International Courier Return Service

    Effective 09 January 2014, the Visa Application Centre will provide an International Courier Return Service for applicants for a fee of AED 100/-. The service will be subject to the respective countries custom controls and regulations. The countries to which couriers can be sent are Algeria, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Libya, Syria, Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, Iran, Oman, Jordan, Pakistan, Yemen, Kuwait, Qatar, Afghanistan, Iraq and Turkey.
    There is a separate credit card authorization form which must be completed if the fee will be paid by credit card. The link for that form is: Courier Return Service Credit Card Authorisation form

    For details on International Courier Return service to New Zealand, please write to feedback.inzdxb@vfshelpline.com

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    28 November 2013

    UAE National Day -VAC Closure

    The New Zealand Visa application center in Dubai will remain closed on Sunday, 01 December 2013 in lieu of UAE National Day.The next working day will be Monday, 02 December 2013.

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    30 October 2013

    Islamic New Year -VAC Closure

    The New Zealand Visa application center in Dubai will remain closed from Sunday, 03 November 2013 lieu of Islamic New Year (Al Hijra).The next working day will be Monday, 04 November 2013.

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    10 October 2013

    Eid Al Adha VAC Closure

    The New Zealand Visa application center in Dubai will remain closed from Tuesday, 15 October 2013 till Thursday, 17 October 2013 in lieu of Eid Al Adha.The next working day will be Sunday, 20 October 2013.

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    30 August 2013

    VFS announces Opening of VAC in UAE

    VFS Global announces the opening of New Zealand Visa Application Centre branch in Dubai. The operations will commence on 18th September 2013.To get the detailed information on the VAC’s location and operational timings, please click “Contact Us”.