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.
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.