Frequently Asked Questions

Here you can find answers to common questions we get asked by migrants about getting a visa in New Zealand.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you need a Permanent Resident Visa or Temporary Visa?

The type of visa you will need for your stay in New Zealand depends on your plans. If you want to stay long term, you will need a residence visa. There are different permanent resident visa pathways, that will require you to either work to residence, join a partner/family member, own and run a business, or invest. If you are planning to stay in NZ short term, a temporary visa will be sufficient, and depending on the type, will allow you to work, join a partner/family member, visit, or study in New Zealand for a limited time.
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Can I Own a Business in New Zealand?

If you would like to apply for Permanent Residence in New Zealand, the Entrepreneur Work Visa provides a 2-step pathway to permanent residence in New Zealand:Once you have been granted an Entrepreneur Work Visa and have operated your business in New Zealand successfully for two years or more, you can apply for an Entrepreneur Residence Visa. If you meet the fast track requirements of this category, you can apply after six months.
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What is the Residence from Work Category?

The objective of the Residence from Work Category is to enable the grant of residence class visas to people whose talents are needed by New Zealand employers, people with exceptional talent in a field of art, culture or sport and people working in areas of identified absolute occupational shortage in New Zealand.
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Can I Work in New Zealand?

If you want to work in New Zealand you will need a work or resident visa.All employers wishing to employ non-New Zealand citizens or resident visa holders have a duty to only employ people who are entitled to work in New Zealand.
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Will There be Changes to the Skilled Migrant Category?

How do the Changes to the Skilled Migrant Category Affect You?

New Zealand Government aims to strike the right balance between ensuring that New Zealanders are able to find employment and providing access to skilled migrants who will promote New Zealand's continued economic growth. In essence: If you have a good professional background with sound qualifications and/or work experience, your chances of migrating to New Zealand could be excellent.
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How can you Apply for Residence under the Skilled Migrant Category?

The application process under the Skilled Migrant Category is complex. It consists of two main stages, the first Expression of Interest (you will claim points for your case before submitting it to Immigration New Zealand, they are ranked from highest to lowest points and placed into a Pool. Every fortnight Immigration New Zealand selects the Expressions of Interest with the highest point scores from the Pool. This process is called selection). If selected, the actual Resident Visa application can begin.
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How Does Covid-19 Affect your Visa?

Immigration New Zealand will be assessing requests for a further visa on a case by case basis given current Coronavirus conditions.
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Are you Allowed to Volunteer During your Stay in New Zealand?

Volunteering is a great way to meet Kiwis and to develop new skills and a good understanding of workplaces in New Zealand. However, you need to be fully aware of the relevant visa regulations! ‍If you want to earn money or receive any other gain or reward for your work, you are not considered to be a volunteer and need to apply for a work visa. On a visitor visa, you can do volunteer work while in New Zealand, provided you receive no gain or reward.
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What if my Visa Has Been Declined?

If your visa application has been declined by Immigration New Zealand you are facing a complex visa situation, potentially even deportation. In order to have the decision to decline your visa application checked by another authority, you might want to lodge an Appeal. The Immigration and Protection Tribunal (IPT) is the body in charge of appeals against visa and deportation decisions. Talk to our experienced Licensed Immigration Adviser Dr Carsten Hallwass about your options.
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Do I have to apply for a Visitor Visa?

If you want to visit New Zealand, you might not have to apply for a visitor visa if you are from a Visa Waiver Country. However, since the 1st October 2019, you need to hold an NZeTA (New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority) to enter the country. If you are from one of the visa waiver countries listed on the page linked below, you will be granted an electronic three months Visitor Visa once you have landed, provided you hold an NZeTA. Australian citizens do not need a visa to enter New Zealand.
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