Which New Zealand Immigration Visa
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There are too many New Zealand visas to summarise on our website, so we have selected the following because they cover 95% of all new visa applications.
The New Zealand Skilled Migrant Visa has always been one of the most popular ways for migrants to move to New Zealand. Highly skilled migrants who are able to apply and/or transfer their skills in New Zealand receive resident visas much faster than in any other visa category.
Many people wrongly confuse highly skilled with highly qualified. The country needs skilled workers, with sufficient experience, with or without degrees. Some of the most sought-after skills required are from the construction, engineering, finance, business, health, ICT, hospitality, tourism, science, and trade industries.
Additional points are allocated if applicants have done skilled work in New Zealand. They get 3 points for 3 years of work, 2 points for two years of work, and 1 point for 1 year of work.
Granting residency under the Skilled Migrant Category is good for the migrants and good for the NZ economy.
With the new simplified points system under the SMC, applicants must get at least 6 points from one of the following categories:
If you are from overseas, you can apply for a visa to study full-time in New Zealand for up to 4 years. You will need to pay the full cost of your course and enroll with an approved education provider. While you are here, you can enjoy New Zealand’s high-quality teaching standards and gain internationally recognised qualifications.
This new type of visa replaces the Investor 1&2 category visa.
It requires a minimum of $5 million investment for direct investment.
The investor must invest over a three-year period and a minimum IELTS score is required. Please contact us for more details
Step 1: A client accepts and signs service agreement with IML.
Step 2: The agreement will be forwarded to our Licensed Immigration Adviser (LIA), who will review client’s details, reconfirm point assessment result, and send out a welcome email. LIA will advise pathways for the client’s migration and request necessary documents. In general, clients have approximately 2-4 months to gather documents needed for successful visa submission.
Step 3: Once clients gather all necessary documents and have his/her travel date set, IML will start applying for visitor visa. This process generally takes up to 4 weeks.
Step 4: Once visitor visa is issued, clients will travel to New Zealand for interviews with prospective employers. In most cases, he/she should receive job offer within four weeks after the interview.
Step 5: Should clients opt for the Job Application Service; New Zealand Recruitment will apply for jobs on a client’s behalf. This process is done through SEEK and Workhere New Zealand platforms. This service is applicable 60 days prior to client’s departure to New Zealand and 30 days post departure.
Step 6: Once clients obtain job offer from an Accredited Employer, and Job Check has been completed, they will receive a token from the employer. A client and his/her family will undergo a medical examination (includes chest x-rays). Health check result will be submitted to Immigration New Zealand, who will take 20 days to evaluate and issue the visa. Any health concerns/problems could potentially delay INZ decision-making process.
Children under the age of 5 can receive a Visitor Visa for the duration of the main applicant’s
Work Visa, provided that a child is in good health. (this should be placed into the next section, bottom of this article)
Below is a summary of work visa and its processes. Please note that this is applicable to most, but not all applicants. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact your Licensed Immigration Adviser.
*Please note that there is no points assessment system for work visa
Any person who meets below criteria is considered to be of bad characters.
For an offer of employment to be suitable for a work visa application it must:
Partners of a New Zealand work visa holder, resident visa holder, or citizen can apply for work visa based on relationship scheme. From December 2022 onwards, you can apply for a work visa if your partner’s occupation is on the Green List or your partner earns more than $115,000 per year. If not, you will apply for a visitor’s visa that is linked to your partner’s work visa and find work with an accredited employer and apply for a work visa for yourself. In such case, it does not have to be a full- time work. You and your partner should have a genuine, stable relationship, and must be living together for at least 3 months prior to applying for work visa.
With an EWV, you come to New Zealand to buy or set up your own business and work in the business for up to 3 years. At the end of this time period you may be able to apply for residence if all criteria are met.
You can include your partner and dependent children aged 19 and under in your visa application.
If your business is in the science or ICT sectors and shows a high level of innovation or export potential, INZ may consider waiving the NZ $100,000 capital investment requirement.
You will not be granted an Entrepreneur Work Visa if you’ve been made bankrupt or been involved in a business failure in the last 5 years or if you’ve been involved in any kind of business fraud or financial wrong doing.
To find out if you qualify for an EWV, please complete our Free Assessment.
You may be able to move to New Zealand to join your adult New Zealand citizen or resident child. You will have to submit an Expression of Interest explaining how you’ll meet the requirements for tier one or tier two of the two-tiered system and be sponsored by your child.
If you are invited to apply for residence and your application is successful, you’ll be able to live, work and study in New Zealand indefinitely. You can include your partner in the residence application.
Grandparents and legal guardians may be able to apply for residence under this category.
If you have dependent children, you are not eligible for this visa.