New Zealand permanent residence programme numbers released

- Posted in New Zealand by Visa Bureauon 01 July 2009

The New Zealand Residence Programme (NZRP) contains the permanent residence goals set by the New Zealand Government to meet New Zealand’s ongoing skills requirements and humanitarian commitments.

The number of places available to those emigrating to New Zealand for each year, ending June 30,  under the NZRP is reviewed by Cabinet annually.

For 2009/10 the NZRP is set at the same level as for 2008/09: there will be 45,000 to 50,000 approved places.

This includes:

  • The Skilled/Business stream (approximately 26,800 – 29,950 places)
  • Parent, Adult Child and Adult Sibling policies of the Family Sponsored stream (approximately 4,950 – 5,500 places)
  • Partner and Dependent Child policies of the Family Sponsored stream (uncapped, estimated to be about 9,900 – 10,700 places for planning purposes), and
  • The International /Humanitarian stream (approximately 3,350 – 3,850 places).


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