How To Track New Zealand Visa Application

By Tiara

Finding out more information about someone’s visa application is very common these days. Almost every professional career requires you to do it at some stage, so it’s not that surprising.

But, staying within legal boundaries can become tricky. There are many ways to access this information, so which one is best depends on what your goal is.

This article will go into detail about how to track an applicant for a new visa in Australia. But, keep in mind that if you are looking to apply for a visa here, then there are different rules and regulations.

So, make sure you know the laws of both countries before attempting to trace anyone’s applications! If you would like more tips, you can read our article: Why Is It Important To Follow The Immigration Rules In Canada?.

Tracing a person’s visa application
-Who is doing the tracing?

-What kind of information they have permission to view

-When their card was accessed or logs were checked

The first thing to consider when tracking someone’s new visa application is who is doing it. This could be another individual, company, or government agency with permission to look into things.

It also depends on whether they need a warrant or not, but again we recommend reading our article above to learn more about warrants and how they work.

Keep records of your application

how to track new zealand visa application

After receiving your visa, you will need to keep track of it for the next few weeks at least!

Most countries have laws that require you to report any changes in residence or employment status within a certain amount of time. These reports are referred to as ‘Change Of Abode Reports’ or ‘Employment Change Reports’.

You must complete these forms and submit them with proof within a set period of time after leaving their country. Failing to do this can result in you being deported back home!

Make sure to check out our article here: What To Do If You Are Deported From Australia

Tracking your Kiwi visa via change of abode reports is similar to what we discussed above.

Make a plan for your trip to New Zealand

how to track new zealand visa application

It is very important that you know what to expect when you apply for a visa to travel to New Zealand. This article will talk about some of the things you need to do before heading down under!

Firstly, you should make sure that you have done all the necessary preparations back home. You don’t want to be stuck in an unexpected situation where you run out of time to coordinate everything because you didn’t put enough effort into preparing ahead.

For example, if you are applying for a business visa, then you must ensure that your documents are up to date and proof of adequate funding is provided. If you are applying for a tourism visa, then you should be sure that you have made arrangements for accommodation, as well as other activities while you are there.

Once you have checked these boxes, then it is time to think about how to track applications for New Zealand visas.

Create a plan for your visit to New Zealand

how to track new zealand visa application

Now that you have finalised your visa, it is time to start planning your trip to New Zealand!

First things first, you will need to pick where in New Zealand you would like to go. The best way to do this is by doing some research. You can use our destination guides or check out Lonely Planet’s website to get helpful information.

You should also make sure that you are fully prepared before leaving home for your trip. This includes having enough money to enjoy your stay, as well as finding the right amount of preparation prior to coming to New Zealand.

For example, if you are going to be staying in Auckland for several days, then you should ensure you have enough food and cash to survive until you find more appropriate accommodation later on. The same goes for visiting other areas in the country.

Know the visa application process

how to track new zealand visa application

Applications for work visas in Australia can take several weeks, even months depending on the type of job and whether you are applying as an employer or as an individual.

Making sure your documents are up-to-date and proof that you have enough money to support yourself while you live in Australia will be checked during this time frame.

It is important to remember that it takes more than just submitting your applications to track the status of yours.

Tracking applications can also be done via social media, chat groups and forums, and by calling embassies directly.

There are many ways to do this so find one that works for you.

Be familiar with the country

how to track new zealand visa application

Tracking applications can be done in two ways, through VFS Online or by contacting us directly at or 6333 1300.

The best way to track your visa application is via VISA ONLINE! This allows you to do it from anywhere with internet access and we have detailed instructions here for how to do this.

We recommend doing this as soon as possible after submitting your application as there may be times when VISAONLINECan take time to update their systems (this depends on volume too).

They also run an ‘Application Status Checker’ which helps check if everything has been received successfully and if all documents are present. This can sometimes take up to 48 hours due to database size and number of people checking at once.

Once completed, you will receive a notification stating whether your application was successful or not along with what documentation they needed and when it was sent to them. You then have until that document comes back “lacking” to apply for again.

Connect with people who are already in New Zealand

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One of the best ways to track your visa application is by connecting with individuals and groups in New Zealand. You can do this through social media, forums, chat rooms and more.

People in New Zealand may know of others that have applied for a visa or received word about their application status. By contacting these individuals directly, you increase your chances of finding out something new about your application!

By being aware of what steps need to be taken next, you will also have an idea when things should go smoothly and when they might encounter delays.

General tips: When communicating with potential contacts in New Zealand, make sure to keep it professional and level-headed. Do not get too emotional as this could affect how clear your message is.

Be prepared for possible questions such as “Are there any other applicants we should contact?” and “Has anyone heard from X recently?” Take time to respond properly before leaving the conversation.

Visit a few famous sites

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Whilst there is no requirement to do this, it is always recommended as a good practice. Visiting your local visa agency or consulate website can sometimes be the first clue that something is off with your application.

By visiting their site you are able to see if they have any warnings or notations about missing documents or applications. You may also spot errors in the information given such as an incorrect country listed for residence or citizenship.

In addition to checking these general areas, you should look at specific components of the visa application process. For example, how easy it is to apply online, whether there are mobile apps, and what languages the websites are available in.

Know the language

how to track new zealand visa application

As mentioned earlier, there are several languages you can use for tracking applications in New Zealand. While some of these may seem very similar, each has their own little nuances when it comes down to how they’re used.

Making sure your vocabulary is up to speed will help ensure that you don’t get confused or lose track of what information you’re looking at!

There are many different types of visa applicants in New Zealand, so here we’ll go through all of them and what lingo is needed to be familiar with. After this, hopefully you’ll have no trouble picking out who applies for what type of visa and what information must be tracked.

Types of Applicants

New Zealand has five main categories for foreign nationals seeking entry into the country. These include working visas (skilled worker or employment), student visas (university or tertiary studies), tourist visas (for one year max per person), intra-company transfers (business visas) and permanent resident visas (citizenship).

Tracking applications typically requires both personal and business related documents and proof. This article will focus only on the first three – work, study and vacation – as those make up the majority of new visitors to New Zealand.

Work Visas

A Working Holiday Maker (WHM) visa allows eligible individuals to live and work in New Zealand for a limited time period.