Summary of Terms

Migrant levy

For residence applications submitted prior to 7 December 2015.

If your residence application was submitted before 7 December and you are approved for residence you will have to pay a migrant levy in addition to the standard visa application fees before you receive your resident visa.


The purpose of the migrant levy is to contribute to the funding of programmes intended to assist the successful settlement of migrants. For instance, the levy funds help with costs related to the Language Line telephone interpreting service, the Migrant Employment Assistance service, and the Citizens Advice Bureau Language Link service. The funds also include a contribution towards English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) tuition for adults and children.


The migrant levy is also used to carry out research into settlement issues and the impacts of immigration. For instance, the Longitudinal Immigration Survey: New Zealand (LisNZ) and short-term research on settlement and immigration. The information gained from this research helps Immigration New Zealand develop immigration policies that can best help migrants settle in and contribute to New Zealand.


If there are more than four people included in a single application, the migrant levy is only payable by the four oldest family members.