New Zealand Visa Categories

New Zealand is one of the world’s most desirable countries to live and work in, but its immigration system is complex – and often confusing. We understand it can be difficult to navigate, which is why we’ve created these helpful guides. In each one, you’ll find an overview of the visa category, including eligibility criteria, things to consider, and how to apply.

Bear in mind that you’ll be up against thousands of highly qualified applicants, spaces are limited, and Immigration New Zealand is becoming increasingly selective about whom they approve. Whether you’re just beginning your research or you’re ready to lodge an application, these resources will help you understand the process and what’s involved in building an application that satisfies INZ’s requirements.

New Zealand Visa Categories

If you have one of the skills on the Green list, then you may be eligible to have a Fast Track to residency.

An Accredited Employer Work Visa allows you to work in New Zealand for up to three years. Certain occupations can also gain a pathway to residence.

If you have specialist or in-demand skills needed by the local labour market, you can live in New Zealand indefinitely.

Are you the partner of a New Zealand citizen or resident? Gain residence under this category based on your relationship.

Do you have capital to invest in New Zealand? You and your family can gain residence under this visa category.

Are you a New Zealand citizen, resident, or visa holder who wants to bring a family member to New Zealand to join you, either temporarily or permanently?

Are you worried about being deported? We offer timely, practical legal advice to clients facing deportation.

Want to immigrate to New Zealand? Here’s what you need to know before you apply.

Are you planning to lodge your application yourself? Check out our free DIY Resources.

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