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Residence Visas

Main Residence Visa Categories

  • Children
  • Parent (tier 1 and 2)
  • Parent Investment Visa
  • Religious Workers Resident Visa

Skilled Migrant Visa


Principal applicant and any family members included in the application must meet the following standards:

  • Health: You must be in good health. If your Expression of Interest is accepted and you are invited to apply for residence, you will have to be assessed by an approved doctor. Your application must be accompanied by medical and chest X-ray certificates for each person;
  • Character: You must be of good character. You will have to provide a police certificate and evidence for all applicants over 17 years. Some people who have committed serious crimes will not be allowed into New Zealand at all. Sections 15 and 16 of the Immigration Act 2009 outline what disqualifies an applicant in these terms;
  • English language ability: You must speak sufficient English. Whether you are the principal or non-principal applicant, you will need to meet a certain level of ability in spoken and written English;
  • Occupational registration: In certain fields of work, you will need to ensure you have occupational registration if you want to work in New Zealand. If you require registration and do not have it, you will be unable to work in your chosen occupation under the Skilled Migrant Category.

Skills wanted:

  • The Immediate Skill Shortage List (ISSL) identifies the jobs and skills needed in New Zealand, by region;
  • The Long Term Skill Shortage List (LTSS) shows the areas where we have a sustained and ongoing shortage of skilled people throughout the whole of New Zealand.


  • Lodgment of the “Expression of Interest” (EOI) to the Immigration New Zealand (INZ)

EOI criteria:

Skilled employment

  • An offer of employment or current skilled employment in New Zealand that requires specialist, technical, or management expertise;
  • Expertise may have been gained either through a relevant recognised qualification, relevant work experience, or a combination of both a relevant recognised qualification and relevant work experience;

Work experience

  • You can get points for at least two years’ previous experience in the same field for which you have skilled employment;
  • You will get more points for four, six, eight, or ten or more years’ experience;

Recognised qualification

  • Trade certificates, diplomas, bachelor’s degrees and post-graduate qualifications;


  • Must be 55 years or younger to apply;

Close family

  • Have close family in New Zealand who has residence or citizenship.

Applicants with over 160 points include points for a skilled job or job offer, are selected. EOI selection is every fortnight. Once selected from the pool, an “Invitation to Apply” (ITA) for residence will be sent to the applicant.

Entrepreneur Visa

Entrepreneur Work Visa

If you’re an experienced business person and you want to work in your own business in New Zealand. If you’re granted this visa, you can buy or set up a business in New Zealand, which you can do either without living here permanently or as a first step towards New Zealand residence.


  • You must make a capital investment of at least NZ$100,000. If your business is in the science or ICT sectors, or shows a high level of innovation or export potential, we may be able to waive this requirement.
  • You must score at least 120 points on our Entrepreneur Work Visa points scale.
  • You must provide a business plan for the business you intend to buy or set up in New Zealand.

Entrepreneur Resident Visa

If you’re already in New Zealand on an Entrepreneur Work Visa or another visa that allows self-employment, and you want to live in New Zealand on a permanent basis. If you’re granted this visa, you’ll be able to continue operating your business in New Zealand and stay here indefinitely.


  • You must have been self-employed for at least 6 months.
  • If you’re applying after less than 2 years of being self-employed, you’ll need to have invested capital of at least NZ $500,000 and have created 3 new jobs in New Zealand.

Investment Visa

Investor Category 1 ( Investor Plus )


  • Investment Capital - Investment of NZ$10 Million or more for 3 years in NZ
  • Business Experience - None
  • English Language - None
  • Age - None

Investor Category 2


  • Investment Capital - Minimum investment of NZ$3 million for 4 years
  • Business Experience - Minimum experience of 3 years
  • English Language - IELTS 3
  • Age - up to 65 years old