Our Visa Service

Do you want to move to New Zealand?
You need a visa.

Why do you need visa assistance?

New Zealand's Visa regulations are complex.

Choosing the right visa type and submitting a flawless visa application is vital for the success of your immigration process. The visa application process is highly bureaucratic, even if English is your first language.

Many of our clients have confirmed that they would have found it challenging to navigate their visa process without expert assistance.

How can we help?

You will work with our team of highly qualified and experienced Licensed Immigration Advisers. They will guide you through every step of your immigration process and take care of all formalities involved with your visa application process.

They will work with you until you have obtained the visa that allows you to live in New Zealand.

What we do:

Your team will take care of the whole process, from start to finish, including:

Checking your visa eligibility
Determining the right visa type for you
Developing your individual and targeted immigration strategy
Providing guidance and support regarding visa application formalities
Liaising with your New Zealand employer to assist with their visa formalities
Preparing and subming your visa application
Liaising with Immigration New Zealand regarding their queries
Following through to completion

Meet the Advisers:

Our Licensed Immigration Advisers are highly qualified and experienced.
Dr. Carsten Hallwass
Director | Licenced Immigration Adviser
Licence Number: 200900212
Dr Carsten Hallwass holds a full licence to operate as a Licensed Immigration Adviser under the Immigration Advisers Licensing Act 2007. He is an Associate Member of the New Zealand Law Society as well as a full member of the Hanseatic Law Society of Bremen, Germany.

Carsten specialises in business and investor migration. Since his arrival in New Zealand in 1994, he has assisted clients from all over the world with applying for their visas under Business and Investor policies and successfully establishing their businesses in New Zealand.
Apekshi Jayawardena
Licenced Immigration Adviser
Licence Number: 201800790
Before migrating to New Zealand in 2015, Apekshi obtained a Bachelor of Laws with Honours from the University of Colombo and practised law in Sri Lanka. Since her arrival in Nelson Apekshi completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Enterprise at Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT) and joined the academic team as a tutor.

Working with international students for several years enhanced her interest in the area of immigration law, and she decided to study for a Graduate Diploma in New Zealand Immigration Advice and become a Licensed Immigration Adviser, she now holds a full licence.
Leah Shopneck
Licenced Immigration Adviser
Licence Number: 202000420
After ten years sailing the world working onboard yachts as the first mate and also operational director of university education programs, Leah and her husband began looking to move their lives ashore. New Zealand quickly moved to the top of the list when deciding where to live, with its fantastic scenery, an endless list of tracks and opportunities to be on the water.

Leah has spent years working with clients from around the world and is a highly valued member of the NZIC team. She is a provisional license holder and works under the direct supervision of Dr Carsten Hallwass.
Penny Taylor
Licenced Immigration Adviser
Licence Number: 202000093
Penny migrated with her family to "Sunny Nelson" from the UK in 2005. She feels that this gives her empathy and understanding of how stressful and conflicting migration can be. She enjoys meeting and working with people from different parts of the world.

Penny is a provisional license holder and works under the direct supervision of Dr Carsten Hallwass.

Our Service Process:

Your team will take care of the whole process, from start to finish, in most cases, this follows a four step process:


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Immigration Strategy

To start, we will determine the visa policy that will meet both your plans for New Zealand and your personal and professional backgrounds. We check your visa eligibility very carefully to ensure that you meet all visa requirements before any first formal steps are undertaken.

We then develop a well defined strategy that works with your goals, and the personal timing for your move.

This immigration strategy will form the foundation for your entire immigration process.
It will be your guideline for the coming months and we will refer back to it throughout the process to ensure that you will stay on track with making the desired progress towards your goal of obtaining the right visa and becoming a resident in New Zealand.

Skilled Migrant Category | Work Visa
If, like most cases, you are going to apply under the Skilled Migrant Category, your job search strategy will be an integral part of your immigration strategy. Our advisers will collaborate with the job search team at this stage if you are using our Fusion Service.

Partner + Family Categories
If you are applying under one of the Partner or Family Categories, policy specific requirements will have to be met, and we will instruct you accordingly.

Investor + Business + Retirement Categories
If you choose to be an Investor or apply under one of the Business policies, our instructions will be tailored to satisfy the respective policy.


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Documents and Guidelines

Your Licensed Immigration Adviser will provide you with a detailed list of documents, tailored specifically to meet the requirements of your chosen visa policy, including comprehensive document guidelines.

Meticulous preparation will ensure that all necessary paperwork is complete and in the required format and no valuable time is lost once you fulfil all visa eligibility requirements and we are in a position to submit your visa application to Immigration New Zealand.

For this reason, we recommend that you commence working with our Licensed Immigration Advisers well ahead of your arrival in New Zealand. Our advice is to start this step of your migration process as soon as possible. This will allow you to speed up your visa application process when you are ready to submit your visa application.

Overseas Qualifications
If your overseas qualifications require an external assessment by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority, it is important to note that this can be a lengthy process which will take several months to complete.

Catch 22

If like most applicants, you are looking to work and therefore applying for your visa under the Skilled Migrant Category, you will probably need a job offer to meet visa requirements.

You are now caught in the Catch 22 dilemma: No visa without job and no job without visa.

At this stage of your visa process most immigration agencies will say: "Come back to us to start your visa application once you have a job offer in New Zealand." Until you succeed in obtaining a job offer, this is where your visa application process will come to a standstill.

Our unmatched fusion approach at NZIC is designed to break this barrier:

If using our fusion service, your Licensed Immigration Advisers will work closely with your Job Search Professionals - together they form a unique Fusion Service that will empower you to overcome the Catch 22 dilemma.

Find out how working with us will give you the necessary boost that will allow you to move forward with your visa application: Your Visa and the Catch 22.


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Submission and processing of your visa application

No matter which visa category will be right for you, our Licensed Immigration Advisers will guide you through your visa application process and take care of all formalities involved.

Whether you are applying for a Skilled Migrant Visa, a Business/Investor Visa or for a visa under the Family/Partnership policy, your Licensed Immigration Adviser will ensure that all eligibility requirements of your chosen visa policy are fulfilled, and your visa application is formally complete and absolutely faultless before it is lodged with Immigration New Zealand.

Throughout the entire then following verification process your Licensed Immigration Adviser will liaise with Immigration New Zealand and other authorities involved, take care of any queries that will most certainly come back to you from Immigration New Zealand, and follow through to completion.

Skilled Migrant Category | Work Visa
If you are applying under the Skilled Migrant Category, your application process will consist of two steps:

The first step of your visa process will be your Expression of Interest, EOI.
Only once your EOI is selected from the pool of candidates, you will be invited to apply for your Resident Visa and can move on to the second step: your Resident Visa application.

Read more about the pathway of becoming a resident of New Zealand through the Skilled Migrant Category.


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You are at the end of your visa application process. Your Resident or Work Visa will be approved by Immigration New Zealand, and you and your family will be allowed to start your new life in New Zealand.

As holder of a permanent resident visa for New Zealand you will have full access to the public health care system and to schooling in New Zealand, and you will be eligible to vote in New Zealand's general elections

Our Immigration + Job Hunt Webinars

If you are serious about migrating to New Zealand, these popular webinars are an excellent starting point for you.

What do we cover?

Our Senior Licensed Immigration Adviser Dr. Carsten Hallwass will explain the process of migrating to New Zealand and every step involved on the way.
He will cover all aspects of the visa application process as well as the job hunt in the New Zealand employment market.
You will hear about the challenges most migrants will face at some stage along the way and how we can help you overcome hurdles in the maze of visa regulations and in an unfamiliar labour market.
Following this detailed overview, you will have a chance to ask our Licensed Immigration Adviser questions and also hear answers to questions put forward by fellow participants of the webinar.
By the end of the webinar you will have a good understanding of the immigration process, how to get started, and all further steps involved. You will feel empowered to make a solid decision on your move to New Zealand.

Please note: Our Immigration and Job Hunt Webinar is free of charge for serious migrant candidates, but strictly by invitation only.

Why choose us?

Working with us will give you peace of mind, save you time and money and will make your process as smooth as possible.

We have our finger on the pulse of New Zealand's immigration laws and on the New Zealand job market and our communication channels are open - connecting you with all relevant authorities and the job market in New Zealand.

Because we are migrants ourselves, we know exactly what you are going through. We are upfront and genuine, and only work with clients who we analyse as having a high chance of a successful immigration.
NZIC: Our difference


Our Immigration Advisers are highly qualified and licensed by the Immigration Advisers Authority, IAA.


At NZIC we have more than 25 years of experience with providing immigration assistance to New Zealand.

NZ Focused

We focus exclusively on immigration to New Zealand.


We are based in New Zealand and 100% NZ owned.

Success Rate

We have a success rate of close to 100% for our visa applications.


We are determined to support your move to New Zealand all the way and follow through to completion.


We are upfront and personal. You will know exactly where you stand - No strings attached.


Most of us have migrated to New Zealand ourselves and therefore know exactly what you are going through.

What our clients have said:

Our valued, highly rated feedback speaks for itself

"We just received the approval and our new visa labels yahoo! So once again I just wanted to thank you for your advice and wonderful assistance throughout this process. You made it so much easier.  We have been very lucky and are enjoying every moment in this lovely country.  Take care. B., L., L., S. and J."

"Thank you and the whole team for a great job. Frankly, I still cannot get how you did your "magic". Thank you for all your efforts, professional advice and, of course, for your patience with us. :) Regards, S."

"I must be honest, having your team on board with our process was the best decision ever! Thank you for your guidance, we await then the results and will discuss the next steps once the information is known. Enjoy your afternoon. M. "

"Andi and I would like to express our sincere thanks to you and the NZIC team for guiding us through our daunting immigration experience. It's with conviction that I would say we would have thrown in the towel after the first year but you remained steadfast in the belief that we would obtain our permanent residence if we just persevered and followed the sensible route.We trust that many potential migrants using New Zealand Immigration Concepts will enjoy the same professional, efficient and courteous service as we have. Thank you Kind regards A. and P."

"Dear Carsten, Katrina and all of our friends at NZIC- We can still hardly believe this wonderful event of our residency visas having come through! Thank you so much for all of your guidance, support and encouragement throughout the process; without you, we would have been adrift. J and I are over the moon.
We cracked open a bottle of local NZ sparkling wine last night to celebrate. Thank you for standing by us through this uncertain journey. It has made the world of difference to us having you there."

How can you start your immigration to New Zealand?

We stand by our word to provide the best level of support you can get for your move to New Zealand, and as we know how important this decision is for you, we want to give you a solid base for your decision making process.

Free Assessment

No matter which visa type might be right for you, to get started fill in the Free Assessment form and let us know your plans for New Zealand.
Our Licensed Immigration Advisers will carefully assess the information you have provided and will give you their honest and upfront opinion on whether you might qualify for a visa.

Free Immigration and Job Hunt Webinar

If we assess your chances as realistically good, we will invite you to our popular free Immigration Webinar, where you will learn everything you need to know about your visa and job hunt to make an informed decision about your next step on your way to living in New Zealand.

No Strings 

The decision of migrating to a new country is one of the most important decisions you will make in your life and we want you to be fully informed at all times during your decision making process.
To prove to you that we actually mean this, we are happy to provide all necessary information for your decision making process to you for free, starting with our Free Assessment.

Ready to get started?

Base your move on solid grounds: Ask us for a Free Assessment first!

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