Explore Visa Options For Living Permanently In New Zealand

Visa Options for Living Permanently in New Zealand

Do You Want to Make New Zealand Your Permanent Home?

New Zealand offers a healthy living environment and beautiful open spaces. The welcoming, diverse culture of the country makes it one of the best places in the world for settling permanently. As a New Zealand resident, you can expect a high standard of living backed by an excellent government safety net.
You have many resident visa options to pick from when it comes to making New Zealand your permanent home. Read on to see which pathway fits you the best.

Partner of a New Zealander Resident Visa

Is your partner a citizen or resident of New Zealand? You can apply for New Zealand residency if your partner supports your application.

Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa

Do you have the qualifications, skills and experience needed by New Zealand? Apply for residence under this visa category – you can also include your family as part of your application.

Long Term Skill Shortage List Work Visa

Do you have the qualifications, experience and an offer of employment for an occupation on New Zealand’s Long Term Skill Shortage List? You may apply for a work visa under this category and embark on your journey towards permanent residency.

Long Term Skill Shortage List Resident Visa

Have you spent 2 years in New Zealand on a Long Term Skill Shortage List Work Visa? You may now apply for a Long Term Skill Shortage List Resident Visa.

Talented (Accredited Employer) Work Visa

Do you have the expertise or skills, and a full-time offer from a New Zealand Accredited Employer? You may get a work visa under this category. You can apply for New Zealand residence down the road by satisfying the conditions of this visa.

Talented (Accredited Employer) Resident Visa

Have you been employed by a New Zealand Accredited Employer for at least 2 years? You may now apply for a Talented (Accredited Employer) Resident Visa.

Parent Retirement Resident Visa

Is your adult child a resident or citizen of New Zealand? You may apply for a resident visa under this category if you can invest NZ$ 1 million for 4 years, make NZ$ 60,000 every year and have another NZ$ 500,000 for living expenses.

Dependent Child Resident Visa

Are you living in New Zealand as a permanent resident or citizen? You may apply for Dependent Child Resident Visas for your dependent children based on certain conditions.

Entrepreneur Work Visa

Are you an experienced business person who wants to be self-employed in your business in New Zealand? You may get a work visa to set up your business in a 12-month start-up stage. Run that business successfully for 3 years, and you may apply for a resident visa.

Entrepreneur Resident Visa

Have you been self-employed in your New Zealand based business for at least 6 months? Or, have you been operating your business for 2 years under a New Zealand work visa that allows self-employment? You can apply for an Entrepreneur Resident Visa to live here permanently and continue running your business.

Samoan Quota Resident Visa

Are you a Samoan citizen? You can register for a ballot to be invited for a New Zealand resident visa application.

Pacific Access Category Resident Visa

Are you from Tonga, Tuvalu, Fiji or Kiribati? Register for a ballot for a chance to apply for a New Zealand resident visa.

Pitcairn Islander Resident Visa

Are you a Pitcairn Islander? Get an offer of skilled employment in New Zealand to become eligible to apply for a resident visa.

South Island Contribution Resident Visa

Have you been working for 2 years in South Island on a South Island Contribution Work Visa? You may now apply for a South Island Contribution Resident Visa.

Second or Subsequent Resident Visa

Has your New Zealand Resident Visa has expired? You can apply for a Second or Subsequent Resident Visa to return to the country.

Permanent Resident Visa

Have you been living in New Zealand as a resident for more than 2 years? You may apply for a Permanent Resident Visa so you can enter and exit the country without any restrictions.

Religious Worker Resident Visa

Have you been working for 3 years on a New Zealand Religious Worker Work Visa? Your current sponsoring religious organisation can sponsor you for a resident visa if they can offer you continued religious work.

Investor 1 Resident Visa

Can you invest NZ$ 10 million in New Zealand for 3 years? You may apply for an Investor 1 Resident Visa.

Parent Resident Visa

Is your adult child a New Zealand citizen or resident? Send an Expression of Interest (EOI) backed by sponsorship from your child for your chance of an invitation from Immigration New Zealand to apply for residency.

Talent (Arts, Culture, Sports) Work Visa

Do you have an outstanding talent in an Art, Culture or Sport? A nationally recognised New Zealand organisation in that field can support you on your path to residency.

Talent (Arts, Culture, Sports) Resident Visa

Have you been renowned in your declared field for 2 years on a Talent (Arts, Culture, Sports) Work Visa? You can now apply for a Talent (Arts, Culture, Sports) Resident Visa.

Community Sponsored Refugee Resident Visa

Have you been identified as a refugee? You may apply for a Community Sponsored Refugee Resident Visa with support of an approved New Zealand community organisation.

Refugee Family Support Resident Visa

Have any of your family members become New Zealand residents based on their refugee or protected person status? They can sponsor your Refugee Family Support Resident Visa.

Employees of Relocating Business Resident Visa

Are you a key employee of a business relocating to New Zealand and not eligible for any other kind of resident visa? You may be eligible to apply for a resident visa if you work for your relocating employer for 24 months.

Intercountry Adoption Resident Visa

Are you a New Zealand resident or citizen who has adopted an overseas child? Your adopted child may apply for a resident visa under this category.

Australian Resident Visa

Are you a permanent resident or citizen of Australia? You do not need a visa to visit, live, work or study in New Zealand.
As you can see, there are lots of options for you to realize your dream of gaining residency status in New Zealand. It is in your best interest to work with an immigration expert to choose your best option based on your situation and create a foolproof resident visa application. Contact the experienced immigration team at NZ Immigration Help for a 100% free consultation to discuss your case.

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