You can start your migration to New Zealand journey now!

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on border reopening:

'We're ready to welcome the world back'

Our Senior Licensed Immigration Adviser Dr. Carsten Hallwass says:

"At NZIC we are excited to see the re-opening of the borders, as this will finally allow our clients to turn their plans for New Zealand into reality."

So who can come to New Zealand?

You are eligible to come to New Zealand if you are

  • a NZ citizen
  • a NZ permanent resident or resident visa holder
  • an Australian citizen or permanent residence visa holder where NZ is your primary place of residence
  • a partner or dependent child of an NZ citizen or resident and hold a visa based on your relationship
  • an individual with border exceptions or a critical purpose reason to travel (you will need a Critical Purpose Visitor Visa)
  • you are a critical and skilled worker - from 21 March
  • you are a fully vaccinated traveller from a visa-waiver country - from 1 May
  • a New Zealand visa holder, including visitor and student visa - this date has just been brought forward from October to end of July 2022.

Can you come to New Zealand if your country is not a visa waiver country?


If your country is not listed as a visa waiver country, for example if you are moving from South Africa, you can still get ready for your move to New Zealand and either apply for a Critical Purpose Visitor Visa or plan for your arrival in August.

Get a head start for your move to New Zealand.

Dr. Carsten Hallwass says:"You can now make considerable progress on the two most important components of your successful immigration: your visa application and your job hunt."

1. Build a solid foundation for your migration

  • Develop your immigration strategy with our Licensed Immigration Advisers
  • Get document ready now to avoid delays

2. Start your job hunt now

Work actively with your personal Job Search Specialist on becoming the best candidate in the NZ job market you can be:

Dr. Carsten Hallwass says:

"Most migrants have a time frame of 6 to 12 months for their move to New Zealand, so if you are planning to migrate to New Zealand, now is a good time to start."Working with our Visa Advisers and our Job Search Team and going through these stages with us now will put you in a position where you will literally hit the ground running when you arrive in New Zealand!"

"We have had a number of visa approvals for our clients recently, allowing our qualifying clients and their families to move to New Zealand over the past few months."All of our onshore clients have now secured their job offers, and we are happy to help you achieve the same."

Take the first step: Join our Immigration and Job Hunt Webinar

You are welcome to join our Immigration and Job Hunt Webinar to learn everything you need to know about these exciting new developments and to find out how you can start your immigration to New Zealand.

To register your interest in our Immigration and Job Hunt Webinar, simply complete our Free Assessment form.

We look forward to talking to you about these exciting news!

Looking back at the gradual reopening of New Zealand's border:  

27 February 2022:
You can now enter New Zealand if you are coming from Australia and are

- a NZ citizen

- a NZ permanent resident or resident visa holder

- an Australian citizen or permanent residence visa holder where NZ is your primary place of residence

- an individual with border exceptions or a critical purpose reason to travel (you will need a Critical Purpose Visitor Visa)

- the partner or dependent child of an NZ citizen or resident and hold a visa based on your relationship.
13 March 2022:
The border is now open to New Zealanders and other eligible travellers coming from anywhere in the world.

+Are you an 'Other Critical Worker'?

You might now be eligible for a border exception:
If you earn at least 1.5 times the median wage (NZD $84,240 a year or NZD $40.50 an hour) for roles longer than 6 months.

If you meet the 1.5 times the median wage bright line test you will no longer have to demonstrate that your skills are not readily obtainable in New Zealand.

The highly skilled family reunification border exception is aligned with the 1.5 times the median wage bright line test for 'other critical workers'.

Some Working Holiday Schemes reopen.

12 April 2022:
The border opens to:

- Temporary work and student visa holders currently outside New Zealand

- Temporary work and student visa holders currently inside New Zealand to leave at any time and return (where their visa conditions allow).

July 2022:
The border will open to:

- Australian citizens,

- Australian permanent residents and other foreign nationals travelling from Australia

- Visitors from visa-waiver countries

- Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) holders

- Temporary visitor visa holders who are outside New Zealand, as long as they meet their visa requirements.

Finally: 31 July 2022

The border opens for all other New Zealand visa holders, including visitor and student visas.

Are you already in New Zealand?
  • If you are already in NZ with a visa expiry coming up this year, secure your status in NZ now!
  • You will need an offer of skilled employment in order to meet visa requirements and secure your visa for NZ.
  • All of our onshore clients have now secured their job offers and we are happy to help you achieve the same!

Use our Accelerate Program to secure your position in New Zealand long term.

The New 2021 Resident Visa

On Thursday the 30th of September, the New Zealand Government has announced a new one-off residence pathway, the 2021 Resident Visa.

  • 165,000 migrants are potentially eligible for the New 2021 Resident Visa!
  • The New 2021 Resident Visa provides a new one-off residence visa pathway for specific temporary work visa holders currently in New Zealand.
  • Some critical purpose visa holders arriving in New Zealand between 30 September 2021 and 31 July 2022 on long-term visas may also be eligible for this new visa.
  • Partners and dependents can be included as part of these residence applications.
  • Applications have opened on 1 December 2021 for some eligible applicants and from 1 March 2022 for the remaining eligible applicants.
  • All applications must be submitted by 31 July 2022.

Read more about

The New 2021 Resident Visa.

The Critical Worker Visitor Visa.

Do you want to move to New Zealand in 2022?

Complete our Free Assessment form and ask our Licensed Immigration Advisers how you can start your immigration now.

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The great work done before has surely helped to achieve this quick positive result. NZIC are really professional and know what to do when to do it and how to do it. That is so convenient and efficient! I’m still working with them for the next steps and would like to thank them again for their help and support.  Thank you.  Kind Regards.

FB
France
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Anna was worth her weight in gold---she was fantastic at helping me format my CV and search for jobs that suited my skill set.  In the end, I got a great job in a great city.  Carsten and his team were very thorough and helpful when it came time to apply for and get our visas. They are now helping us with our resident visas, and I'm certain that the process will be the same. I'd recommend them highly.

KJ
USA
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NZIC guided me all the way through getting my first work visa to permanent residency. Their job seeking support was key when I first arrived in NZ, communication was always easy and clear. I'm very thankful for their help and definitely recommend their services.

DO
Brazil
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Dear Jannie, just want to drop a note to thank for your everything. Your help is much appreciated! You are a wonderful and professional job search coach! I am so lucky to have you supporting me!

MK
Hong Kong