New Zealand Immigration and Visas

New Zealand Immigration monitors the number of people who arrive in New Zealand each year, from permanent and temporary residents to visitors and holiday makers.

New Zealand Immigration monitors:

  • Working holiday travellers going to New Zealand for up to 23 months to travel and work. Some visitors staying for a period no longer than 3 months are not required to have a visa to enter the country, although a visa is required if they wish to stay longer;
  • Potential migrants who wish to live in New Zealand permanently must first obtain a Residence Visa and Permit entitling them to live and work indefinitely in the country; and
  • Temporary workers who wish to travel to New Zealand to work may apply for a New Zealand Work Visa, which in some cases can lead to residence at a later stage.

New Zealand Immigration Policy

New Zealand has both temporary and permanent Visa and Work Permit policies.

Working Holiday Visa Scheme

New Zealand Immigration also allows young travellers between the ages of 18 and 30 the opportunity to work and travel in New Zealand through their Working Holiday Visa Scheme.

Skilled Migration Category

The New Zealand Skilled Migration Category facilitates the entry of skilled migrants into New Zealand, and is a way for emigrants to obtain permanent residence in New Zealand.

Tourist Visa Policy

New Zealand immigration requires that passport holders from some countries have a Tourist Visa if they wish to enter New Zealand.

Family Migration Category

The Family Migration category facilitates the entry of partners and family members of New Zealand citizens and residents, sponsored to migrate to New Zealand.

Work Permit Category

The Work Permit category was designed to attract overseas workers who will contribute to New Zealand's industry and economy. This is a temporary work category with the opportunity to gain residence at a later date, if eligible.

Business Migration Category

This Business Migration Category is for business owners, investors and entrepreneurs who wish to migrate or own a business in New Zealand.





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