Do you wonder what kind of visa you will need for New Zealand?
The type of visa you need for New Zealand depends on your plans.
Compare the different options to find out which visa is right for you.
Please note: New Zealand's visa policies are complex. To ensure that you are on the right track, we recommend that you ask our Licensed Immigration Advisers to confirm your best option for obtaining the visa that will be necessary for your stay in New Zealand.
Do you want to stay longterm or for a limited time only, and do you want to work or have a holiday?
If you want to live in New Zealand longterm you will need a Resident Visa.
For short term stays a Temporary Visa will be sufficient.
Apply for a Resident Visa for New Zealand:
The most common policy is the Skilled Migrant Category policy. This pathway is right for you if you are planning to live and work in New Zealand. You will need a sound professional background and find a job in New Zealand.
This new visa is excellent news for long term holders of New Zealand work visas who might now have a rare opportunity to get onto the path to New Zealand residence!
Are you an entrepreneur and want to buy or establish and run your own business in New Zealand? Then one of the Business and Investor policies might be the best option for you.
If your partner is a New Zealand resident or citizen, you might qualify for a resident visa under Partnership policy.
There are a number of visa options for parents of New Zealand residents or citizens to help them join their family in New Zealand.
If you are planning to make the most of New Zealand's beautiful lifestyle by spending your retirement years in this country, you might want to choose this pathway.
This category grants residence to employees of businesses relocating to New Zealand, who do not qualify for residence under any of the other existing categories.
Apply for a Temporary Visa for New Zealand:
If you want to enjoy New Zealand on a holiday, you might need a visitor visa. Citizens from some countries, so called visa waiver countries, do not need to apply for a visitor visa before their arrival. As a holder of a visitor visa you are not allowed to work in New Zealand.
If you are looking for a job and want to take up employment in New Zealand, you will need a work visa.
If you want to come to New Zealand to study for more than three months you will need a Student Visa.
Children of work visa holders might be able to obtain student visas, which will allow them to attend a school in New Zealand.
Parents and legal guardians can visit New Zealand to live with and care for their children who are in New Zealand on a student visa.
The Working Holiday Visa allows young citizens of approved countries to holiday in New Zealand and take up limited employment or studies.
There are four ways of becoming a New Zealand citizen, only one of them is relevant for migrants.
The term Citizenship is often used in a non-technical sense, when describing the term "Residence Visa".
Important! Please note: Different visa types will entitle you to different levels of rights and access to public services.
Can you apply for a visa for New Zealand?
Find out by using our Quick Self-Check Guide or ask us for a Free Professional Assessment.
Talk to our Job Search Professionals about finding a job that suits your professional background and ask our Licensed Immigration Advisers whether that job will entitle you to a visa.
Read more about becoming a New Zealand resident through the Skilled Migrant Category:
- Will you be able to claim points for your qualifications?
- Will you be able to claim points for your professional expertise?
- Is your profession on one of the Skill Shortages Lists?
- Do you have to be registered in New Zealand?
- Will you meet the English language requirements?
Ask our Licensed Immigration Advisers
If you want to find out more about obtaining the right visa for New Zealand, contact Julia Cooke, Licensed Immigration Adviser at NZIC.Ask Julia for a Free Assessment