Also got an LPV for 30 days last September. Got my visa 5 days before I left. Only took 7 days, I lodged via an agency. Free lang yung NZ visa if 60 days or less, so I only paid for the agency fee which is 2,000PHP.
My profile at that time:
- With work but low salary (I convinced my friend who I am working for as a freelancer to sign an employment certificate for me, since I am a freelancer and bulk of my work comes from abroad and they can't provide me an EC. I also don't want to mention in the application that I am a freelancer since it means I can do my work anywhere in the world and might give them the wrong idea.)
- Equally low bank certificate
- I have a property in my name
- Travels in Asia
- Fiancé with a Work Visa for 3 months (Assigned by office for a NZ Govt. project)
As supporting documents, I included a photocopy of my fiancé's visa and arrival stamp, his invitation documents from their NZ office, an invitation letter from him stating that I will be staying with him during my stay, the name of his rented residence at the time and that he will be taking care of all expenses, his bank certificates and certificate of employment, proof that I am in a stable relationship with my fiancé (photos), acceptance document and title of the property that are both on our names and printed copy of my flight itinerary (not booked yet, just made a mock booking online without paying yet).
The VO (who is a Kiwi) sent me an email instructing me to give him a call. So we talked for a bit and he said they are concerned with my finances but is willing to grant me a Limited Purpose Visa for 1 month, with conditions that I cannot apply for work there and I can't apply for a visa extension. He sent me a document to sign and I sent it back the next day. The following day, my visa was ready to be picked up from the agency who helped me.
I was there for less than a month. Stayed at Christchurch and fell in love with the place. Elder Kiwis are nicer than their younger counterparts, medyo rowdy yung ibang teens pag nakainom or in a group.
I got to ski while I was there. It was a very nice experience.