Temporary resident visas (to Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and the UK) include visitor, student and working visas.  Temporary visas are called Nonimmigrant visas in the United States.

Visitor visas do not usually require an approved petition, as compared to work visas where a petition or application must first be applied in the country of intended employment, then after approval, the applicant submits (or lodge) the application at the respective Embassy in Manila/Makati.

Unless otherwise indicated, the waiting period is measured in working days and denotes the average time, the specific Embassy processes the visa application, assuming that the application is complete (forms properly completed, correct visa fees in the proper form enclosed, i.e., cashier’s check, money order); and sent through the official visa processing firm. 



New Zealand


Level 3 & 4 – 90 days

5-10 days



6 weeks



5-10 days

15-40 days

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Crispin Aranda

Crispin Aranda

Crispin R. Aranda is an established International Visa Conselor and Immigrant Advocate. He is the president of IVC and is in several migration radio programs.

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