Visitor visas for New Zealand
Travellers from certain countries don’t need a visitor visa to enter New Zealand. However, even those on the visa-waiver list will need to supply evidence of funds and proof of onward travel.
Those not on the visa-waiver list will need to apply for a visitor visa. They will be required to provide proof that they are in good health, are of good character and have an appropriate purpose for their visit. They will also need to prove that they have plans to leave the country, such as an onward ticket, and that they have enough funds to support themselves during their stay.
Applicants need a certain amount of money per month of their visit, and a passport that is valid for at least three months but ideally six months or more after their scheduled date of departure. Visitor visas can be granted for up to nine months.
Work visas for New Zealand
- Working Holiday Scheme
Nationals of certain countries, including the UK, Canada and the USA, are able to apply for a working holiday visa for New Zealand. The Working Holiday Scheme visa allows expats to stay and work in the country for one year. This visa is aimed at young travellers wanting to fund their travels around New Zealand.
Generally, working holiday visa applicants must be between 18 and 30 years old, and must submit proof that they have sufficient funds to support themselves as well as proof of onward travel. Expats will also need to have medical insurance to cover their stay in New Zealand as well as evidence that the main reason for their visit is a holiday, with work being secondary to this.
Applications for a working holiday visa must be done online. After making their application, expats will be notified within five working days about whether their application has been accepted or rejected.
- Skilled Migrant Category
This visa is available for those wanting to move to New Zealand to live and work permanently. In order to be eligible, applicants must be younger than 55 years old, pass a health screening and criminal record check, and speak English. Eligibility for this visa is determined by a points system where points are received for age, experience, qualifications and employability.
Work to Residence visas for New Zealand
Applicants need to fall within certain set categories to be eligible for the Work to Residence programme. This includes skilled workers with a job offer from an accredited employer, those in occupations on the skills shortage list, expats with exceptional talents in art, culture or sport, or those who plan to establish a business in New Zealand.
Permanent resident visas for New Zealand
Those who have worked temporarily and decide to stay and live in New Zealand will need to start the process of applying for residence.
New Zealand permanent residents are not citizens, but may remain in the country indefinitely. They are eligible for all of the rights and privileges of citizens, including access to health care, education and voting. They can leave and re-enter New Zealand as often as they like.
There are number of different requirements that need to be met by those applying for permanent residency for New Zealand. However, at a minimum, all applicants must have held a resident visa for at least two years continuously to be eligible to apply for a permanent resident visa.