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Thread: Residence E-Visa, good idea?

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    Default Residence E-Visa, good idea?

    Hi all,

    My wife holds a permanent NZ residence visa and has just received her new passport from her closest embassy so she needs to get that visa transferred into her new passport.

    She was thinking to get a visa label as when she first got residence it was an E-Visa meaning she had to carry a piece of paper around with her passport while traveling as this was the evidence of her residence visa for getting on to planes etc, something far from ideal when compared to a visa label stuck securely into a passport.

    The thing is when reading on the immigration NZ website it states that E-Visas are just as good as they can be used by airlines to check residence status before boarding a flight etc, but I have not found this to be the case, we traveled to Singapore where the check in is self service and done by machine and the machine asked her to scan the visa in her passport to allow her to board the plane, we had to go and seek help as this is something we could not do with her printed out E-Visa.

    My question is, is getting the Visa label the better way to go? we sure think so based on our experience and not having to carry a piece of paper around which is very important (and has a high chance of being lost with other printed things like hotel bookings etc) or should we just get the E-Visa (and if so then why).

    If we get the visa label, is the residence also loaded electronically on the passport?

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    When it was time for my PR visa, and I had to choose between the eVisa and paying extra for the label, I got the label. I polled the various immigrant groups I belong to, and every person I heard from who hadn't gotten the label wished they had. So I went with the label, just to be sure.

    Even with the label, the visa is linked in the INZ system with her passport number. The problems most people encounter without the label is boarding in foreign airports, as you encountered.

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    I thought they no longer offered labels as of July last year. https://enz.govt.nz/news-and-researc...s-with-evisas/

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    Quote Originally Posted by avow View Post
    I thought they no longer offered labels as of July last year. https://enz.govt.nz/news-and-researc...s-with-evisas/
    INZ issues eVisas by default, but it is possible to request a physical label. This is a separate application that can only be made after the initial visa application is approved and the eVisa granted, and an additional fee applies.

    See information directly from INZ here. The New Zealand Education website that you linked to should not be considered a source of truth on immigration matters.

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