VISAS & IMMIGRATION
New Zealand Services is specialized in all visa applications. Our licensed and qualified advisers will help you to define your project, identify which visa best suits your profile and find out how you can move to New Zealand. The criteria for obtaining a visa for New Zealand is determined by the Immigration Policy of the New Zealand government. There are different categories of visa: "Permanent residency", "Business visas" or "Temporary visa".
Skilled Migrant Visa
The Skilled Migrant Visa is a visa which works on a points scale basis. The points are awarded for areas including age, work experience, qualifications... To be eligible to apply and get a chance to be selected to the second step, you must reach a minimum level of 160 points set by the Immigration New Zealand.
A Skilled Migrant application process involves 2 steps:
- The initial step is the Expression of Interest (EOI) to submit to immigration
- The second step is an Invitation To Apply (ITA) for residency if your EOI is selected by the immigration department.
Partner & Family Category
If you are the partner of New Zealand citizens or residents, and partners of some people who hold work or student visas, you may be able to work in New Zealand for any employer (or be self employed). Work visas issued to partners allow them to work for any employer in New Zealand. You will have to prove to Immigration that your relationship is "genuine and stable" and to satisfy a number of requirements.
Once you and your partner meet the 12 months "living together" requirement, you may be eligible for "Partnership Residence".
If you have the capital and the right skills, you may be eligible for investor or business visas. These 2 categories of visas will open up opportunities for you in New Zealand. New Zealand is a great destination for investors. According to the 2015 World Bank Survey, New Zealand is the easiest country to start a business and the world's second easiest country to do business in generally.
Starting a new business or buying an established business can be a good way for you to settle in New Zealand. The "Entrepreneur Work Visa" suits well people who want to run their own business. With an "Entrepreneur Work Visa", you may be able to apply for a "Entrepreneur Residence Visa" after 2 months of running your business.
There are 2 categories for investors with different requirements: Investor 1 Category - minimum investment NZD$ 10 millions over a 3 years period and Investor 2 Category - minimum investment NZD$ 3 millions over a 4 years period).
Working Holiday Visa
The Working Holiday Visa will allow you to travel and work in New Zealand during 1 or 2 years, depending the country you are from. New Zealand has reciprocal Working Holiday Scheme (WHS) agreements with more than 30 countries. Working Holiday Visa is for people aged between 18 and 30 years old. All the applications for working holiday schemes must be made using the online system (except for those already in New Zealand and few others exceptions).
Studying in New Zealand is a great choice. Everyone who comes to study more than 3 months needs a student visa. To apply for a student visa, you must meet different requirements such as evidence of enrollment or scholarship, medical certificate, police certificate, travel insurance... With a student visa, you will be allowed to study in New Zealand for a set time at a specified institution as a full-time student.
Post-study work visa
Upon completion of your course of study, you might be eligible for a post-study work visa (open) if you have successfully completed a qualification in New Zealand that would qualify for points under the Skilled Migrant Category for a maximum of 12 months. You must apply for this visa no later than 3 months after the end date of your student visa for that qualification.
After your graduation, you might be eligible for a post-study work visa (employer assisted) if you have successfully completed a qualification in New Zealand that would qualify for points under the Skilled Migrant Category and have a job offer which is relevant to that qualification, for a maximum of 24 months. You must apply for this visa no later than 3 months after the end date of your student visa for that qualification or be the holder of a post-study work visa (open).
People from certain countries (see list of the visa-waiver country) visiting New Zealand for 3 months or less, do not need to apply for a visa before travelling to New Zealand. However, on arrival in New Zealand, you might have to provide:
- Travel tickets
- Evidence of funds for maintenance
If you are not from a visa-waiver country, you will need to apply for a visitor visa before travelling in New Zealand. You will have to prove New Zealand Immigration you intend to leave within the period of the visa and meet different requirements.
A work visa allows you to work in New Zealand for a limited period of time. You can apply for a work visa before travelling or once you are already in New Zealand. The conditions of your visa may include the type of employment, the employer's name and where in New Zealand you can work. You cannot include anyone else on your application form.
Work for residence
There are 4 different options of applying under Work to Residence Instructions:
- Talent Accredited Employers Work Instruction
- Talent (Arts, Culture & Sports) Work Instructions
- Long Term Skill Shortage List Work Instructions
- Entrepreneur Work Visa Category