The New Zealand government has announced that it will increase its application filing fees for most visa types.

Key Points:

  • Beginning July 31, government filing fees for most visa applications will increase by an average of 43%.
  • The increases to government filing fees include but are not limited to:
    • Skilled Migrant Category applications, from 3,310 NZD to 4,890 NZD.
    • Investor 1 and 2 Category applications, from 4,960 NZD to 7,780 NZD.
    • Entrepreneur Residence Category applications, from 4,140 NZD to 6,860.
    • Family Category applications, from 2,250 NZD to 3,610 NZD.
    • Employees of Relocating Businesses Category applications, from 2,670 NZD to 5,210 NZD.
  • A complete list of fee changes is available here.

BAL Analysis: Employers should take the new filing fees into account when assessing their budgets.

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