Will you be able to access public Health Care, Maternity or any other Public Services?
New Zealand has a good range of public services to provide support when needed.
As a migrant you will enjoy some of those benefits but the level of public support will depend on the type of visa you hold.
A resident visa will give you the best cover in many aspects. As a visitor you will need to ensure that you buy comprehensive travel insurance before coming to New Zealand.
Your entitlements in New Zealand
The table below will give you a good overview of the various rights and level of support you can expect, depending on your visa.
|How long can you stay?||indefinitely||depends on your job||
for as long as your study course takes.
|up to 9 months|
|How long can you work?||indefinitely||depends on your job||depends on your course (usually 20 hours per week and full-time during holidays)||you are not allowed to work|
|Do you need a job for this visa?||Under SMC likely. Family policy: no.||Under SMC yes Family policy: no.||No||n.a.|
|Access to Healthcare||Full access||less than 2 years: limited, over 2 years: full access||no rights||no rights|
|Schooling: Primary and Secondary||Full access||Full access||no rights||no rights|
|Tertiary Education (Uni)||Full access||need to pay international student fees||no rights||no rights|
|Student Allowance and Loan||Full access after three years||no rights||no rights||no rights|
|Support for Jobseekers||Full access after two years||no rights||no rights||no rights|
|Working for Families||Full access after one year||no rights||no rights||no rights|
|Voting rights||Yes, after one year||no rights||no rights||no rights|
|New Zealand Superannuation||After 10 years (5 after the age of 50)||no rights||no rights||no rights|
Are you eligible for a Resident Visa under the Skilled Migrant Category?
Find out by using our Quick Self-Check Guide or talk to our Employment Adviser about finding a job that suits your professional background and ask our Licensed Immigration Advisers whether you qualify.
Read more about becoming a New Zealand resident through the Skilled Migrant Category:
- Get powerful Job Search Assistance
- Can we guarantee you a job?
- 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 us for a Free Professional Assessment!
Our Licensed Immigration Advisers and Job Search Professionals will assess your chances and let you know how you can start your migration process.