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The New Zealand Government provides  many different types of visas, each type dealing with a specific migrant situation. This section offers a summary of the more common type and your trained immigration advisor will be able to quickly select the type of visa that suits your particular requirement

Please take this section as a guide, as NZ immigration law does change from time to time 


Temporary Visas Category


A migrant seeking permanent residency in New Zealand begins by applying for a temporary visa which grants them the change  to explore New Zealand culture and opportunities while at the same time making it possible for the New Zealand government to practically assess suitability.

How can we help?

  1. We will ensure that you (or with your spouse) hold an acceptable qualification to claim points under the immigration instructions guideline. Check if your qualification is required to be assessed by New Zealand Qualification Authority, to ensure that it is equivalent to New Zealand standards. This process may take upto three months or more. 

  2. Check whether your skilled work experience is acceptable under the INZ policy guidelines and you are suitably qualified to be granted with points (not all skills are recognised by INZ policy to be awarded points). 

  3. Check alternative options available to you to maximise the points under the skilled migration.

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Skilled Migrants Category

Objective of the NZ Government Policy


The objective of the Skilled Migrant Category is to provide for the grant of resident visas to people who demonstrate that they:

  • have skills to fill identified needs and opportunities in New Zealand; and

  • Are able to transfer those skills to New Zealand and link with local needs and opportunities; and

  • Are able to demonstrate an ability to contribute to and successfully settle in New Zealand.

The New Zealand Government Policy for Skilled Migration under different occupations is a points-based system. The Skilled Migrant Category Visa does not give an automatic right to apply for a Residence Visa Application to New Zealand. Applicants are required to lodge an Expression of Interest before they are invited to submit a Residence Visa Application to New Zealand. This visa process can be very complex when evaluating all factors and criteria in meeting the Immigration Policy guidelines. 

The overseas qualifications which are taken into consideration for points must be equivalent to New Zealand standards. This may be required to be assessed by New Zealand Qualifications Authority as comparable to New Zealand standards. The principal applicant is expected to hold skilled work experience from a country with a comparable labour market e.g. work experience from India or China is not acceptable unless the experience falls under the Long-Term Skill Shortage List, or experience from a Multinational company which has its origin in a country acceptable to INZ in a comparable labour market. 

The Immigration Process have two stages of assessment: 

  1. Applicants can lodge an Expression of Interest application if they have scored 100 points or more. All applicants are required to meet the minimum English Language Ability, Health and Character requirements. An applicant is placed in the pool to be considered for an invitation to apply for a Resident Visa. 

  1. With the recent policy changes, effective from 12 October 2016, only applicants with 160 or more points are being selected from the pool and can get an invitation to apply for a Resident Class Visa, if INZ is satisfied on the information provided.

How can we help?

  1. We will ensure that you (or with your spouse) hold an acceptable qualification to claim points under the immigration instructions guideline. Check if your qualification is required to be assessed by New Zealand Qualification Authority, to ensure that it is equivalent to New Zealand standards. This process may take upto three months or more. 

  2. Check whether your skilled work experience is acceptable under the INZ policy guidelines and you are suitably qualified to be granted with points (not all skills are recognised by INZ policy to be awarded points). 

  3. Check alternative options available to you to maximise the points under the skilled migration.

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Business Migration Category

Objective of the NZ Government Policy


The objective of the Business Immigration Instructions is to contribute to economic growth through:

  1. increasing New Zealand's level of human capital;

  2. encouraging enterprise and innovation; and

  3. fostering external links.


To fulfil the above objective of the policy the Business Migration has following categories in place:

  • Entrepreneur Category 

  • Migrant Investment Category 

  • Employees of Reallocating Businesses Category 

  • Global Impact Visa Categories


Entrepreneur Category 


“This category will enable the talented and entrepreneurial migrants to build up a profitable business in NZ which can fulfil the objectives of NZ Government Policy”

This category is subdivided into two parts where the initial category, Entrepreneur Work visa, will enable the successful migrant with 120 points awarded for business experience, business turnover, capital investment, creation of new employment and age to set up a business in NZ. 

An Entrepreneur Work Visa may be granted for a total period of up to 3 years, with an Entrepreneur Start-Up stage and Entrepreneur Balance stage. The Entrepreneur Start-Up stage is the first 12 months of the Entrepreneur Work Visa. During the Entrepreneur Start-Up stage, the holder of the Entrepreneur Work Visa is expected to establish and commence the operation of an agreed business in New Zealand. 

The Principal applicant who can demonstrate that they have successfully established a business in New Zealand which outlines the benefits stated in their business plan and have operated that business for at least two years or six months and meet the requirements can lodge a Residence Visa under the Entrepreneur Residence Visa Category. 

The business is considered to be meeting the NZ Policy requirements where it is benefiting New Zealand significantly , complies with employment and immigration law and the same or greater amount of capital has been invested in the business as outlined in the business plan. 

How can we help?

  1. We will ensure that you (or with your spouse) hold an acceptable qualification to claim points under the immigration instructions guideline. Check if your qualification is required to be assessed by New Zealand Qualification Authority, to ensure that it is equivalent to New Zealand standards. This process may take upto three months or more. 

  2. Check whether your skilled work experience is acceptable under the INZ policy guidelines and you are suitably qualified to be granted with points (not all skills are recognised by INZ policy to be awarded points). 

  3. Check alternative options available to you to maximise the points under the skilled migration.

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Migrant Investment Category 

This category offers two visas options to keen investors worldwide to enable them to gain New Zealand Resident Visa namely Investor 1 Category and Investor 2 Category. 


Investor 1 Category 

To gain a Residence Visa under this category a principal applicant must meet requirements for health and character; and invest NZ$10 million in New Zealand in an acceptable investment for a three year.  Funds for investment required under INZ Policy needs to have a clear trail on how they were earned and acquired. The principal applicant can include their partner and dependent children aged 24 or under in their application.

If the application is approved then you are required to spend 44 days ( 12% of each of the final two years of the three year investment period ) in NZ or 88 days over the three year investment period (from their first day in New Zealand as a resident) if a minimum of NZ$2.5 million (25% of the NZ$10 million investment amount) is invested in ‘growth investments’. 

Investor 2 Category 

This category is points based system used to assess eligibility for Investor 2 Resident Visa applications. The applicant is the first instance has to submit an Expression of Interest application to INZ for their eligibility.

If your invited by the INZ to lodge a Residence Visa, then you will have four months to submit your application with mentioned documents in you EOI Application.

Under the Investor 2 Category, a principal applicant must meet requirements for health and character, qualify for the points for English language, age, business experience and nominated investment funds on the basis of which their EOI was selected from the Pool and invest a minimum of NZ$3.0 million in New Zealand.

If the application is approved then you are required to spend 146 days ( 40% of each of the final three years of the four year investment period ) in NZ or 438 days over the four year investment period (from their first day in New Zealand as a resident) if a minimum of NZ$750,000.0 (25% of the NZ$3 million investment amount) is invested in ‘growth investments’. 

Employees of Reallocating Businesses Category 

This category enables the granting of residence to Key employees of businesses relocating to New Zealand. The relocation of the business is must to be supported by New Zealand Trade and Enterprise.
The reallocating business must benefit New Zealand in following ways to enable the applicant to gain the Residence under this category:

  1. introducing new, or enhancing existing, technology, management or technical skills; or

  2. introducing new, or enhancing existing, products or services; or

  3. creating new or expanding existing export markets; or

  4. creating employment (other than for the principal applicant)

How can we help?

  1. We will ensure that you (or with your spouse) hold an acceptable qualification to claim points under the immigration instructions guideline. Check if your qualification is required to be assessed by New Zealand Qualification Authority, to ensure that it is equivalent to New Zealand standards. This process may take upto three months or more. 

  2. Check whether your skilled work experience is acceptable under the INZ policy guidelines and you are suitably qualified to be granted with points (not all skills are recognised by INZ policy to be awarded points). 

  3. Check alternative options available to you to maximise the points under the skilled migration.

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Global Impact Visa Categories


The NZ Government is running a pilot programme under this category where they will approve a maximum of 400 visas between 2017 and 2021 to those who will be truly innovative impresarios in New Zealand.  After three years of successfully running the business applicants can apply for Permanent Residence Visas, provided they have met all the Immigration Policy requirements.

Applicants must meet the English language, proof of funds, support from the Edmund Hillary Foundation and health and character to apply for this visa.

How can we help?

  1. We will ensure that you (or with your spouse) hold an acceptable qualification to claim points under the immigration instructions guideline. Check if your qualification is required to be assessed by New Zealand Qualification Authority, to ensure that it is equivalent to New Zealand standards. This process may take upto three months or more. 

  2. Check whether your skilled work experience is acceptable under the INZ policy guidelines and you are suitably qualified to be granted with points (not all skills are recognised by INZ policy to be awarded points). 

  3. Check alternative options available to you to maximise the points under the skilled migration.

Contact us now for more information >> 

Work to Residence Visa Category 


This category has a pathway to the Residence Visa in NZ. It comprises of various other sub categories with a pathway to Residence, namely:

  • Talent ( Accredited Employers) Work Instructions 

  • Talent ( Ars, culture and sports) Work Instructions

  • Long term Skill Shortage List Work Instructions 

  • Skilled Migrant Category Job Search Instructions. 

Please contact our advisors to test your eligibility under this category. 

How can we help?

  1. We will ensure that you (or with your spouse) hold an acceptable qualification to claim points under the immigration instructions guideline. Check if your qualification is required to be assessed by New Zealand Qualification Authority, to ensure that it is equivalent to New Zealand standards. This process may take upto three months or more. 

  2. Check whether your skilled work experience is acceptable under the INZ policy guidelines and you are suitably qualified to be granted with points (not all skills are recognised by INZ policy to be awarded points). 

  3. Check alternative options available to you to maximise the points under the skilled migration.

Contact us now for more information

Family Migration Category – Temporary Visa and Resident Visa  


The Family Partnership Visa Category allow the partner of New Zealand citizen and residence class visa holder to apply for a temporary and residence class visa in order to live with the partner / spouse in New Zealand.

Temporary Visa

To apply for a Temporary visa under this category, the applicant will need to provide acceptable supporting evidence to establish that the relationship is genuine, stable, ongoing, and has public acceptance.

Resident Visa 

A resident visa can be applied when a couple has lived together in a genuine and stable relationship for 12 months or more and have acceptable evidence to establish their on-going relationship. 

Please contact our advisors to discuss further on the type of documentation and information required to apply for a visa under this category. 

How can we help?

  1. We will ensure that you (or with your spouse) hold an acceptable qualification to claim points under the immigration instructions guideline. Check if your qualification is required to be assessed by New Zealand Qualification Authority, to ensure that it is equivalent to New Zealand standards. This process may take upto three months or more. 

  2. Check whether your skilled work experience is acceptable under the INZ policy guidelines and you are suitably qualified to be granted with points (not all skills are recognised by INZ policy to be awarded points). 

  3. Check alternative options available to you to maximise the points under the skilled migration.

Contact us now for more information >>