An Introduction to Immigration and other Visas to New Zealand
NEW ZEALAND IMMIGRATION:
Living in New Zealand
New Zealand welcomes migrants who are skilled, qualified, and those who will help their country by bringing in their valuable traits. New Zealand also offers opportunities for family reunification by allowing residents and citizens to sponsor family members for residence. So whether you want to start a business in New Zealand or visit family and friends, we can make it happen.
Skilled Migrant Category
The Skilled Migrant Category is the main path to residence in New Zealand. It is designed to make sure that people migrating to New Zealand have the skills the country needs. This category works on a points system. Points are earned on the basis of your qualifications, work experience and job, or job offer, in New Zealand.
Business and Investment Category
If you’re thinking of investing or establishing a business in New Zealand, we can offer business advantages and an environment that you’ll enjoy as well.
Many people already settled in New Zealand wish their close family to join them, and family members, often alone, wish to come to New Zealand to be close to relatives. We have a range of family policies facilitating partners, dependent children, parents, siblings or adult children of New Zealand citizens or residents to come to live in New Zealand.
We have a special relationship with our Samoan neighbours. As part of this special relationship, each year we invite a number of Samoan citizens to apply for residence under our Samoan Quota Scheme.
Pacific Access Category
If you are from Kiribati, Tuvalu or Tonga we offer a number of opportunities each year under the Pacific Access Category for people to move here to live.
Refugee Family Support Category
The Refugee Family Support Category allows New Zealanders who were granted residence as refugees to sponsor a family member and that person’s partner and dependent children for New Zealand residence. Each year there are 300 places available.
You may like to consider other ways you can apply to come to New Zealand for a short time to visit or study or to come here to live or work.
All about visas and permits
To study in New Zealand, international students will probably require a student visa and/or permit.
Some people will need a student visa, some people won’t. But, most international students will require a permit that sets out the conditions of their stay here.
Students may not need a visa or permit if they are:
- a New Zealand citizen, or
- a New Zealand resident, or
- the holder of a valid Australian passport, or
- the holder of a current Australian Permanent Resident Visa, or
- the holder of a current Australian Resident Return Visa.