Working and living in New Zealand...
... is desirable for many, and New Zealand, as a trading country with a small local population, needs a continuous inflow of skilled people with global experiences.
New Zealand immigration rules are much more transparent and easier to navigate than in most other desirable nations, and immigration advice can only be lawfully provided by Licensed Immigration Advisers or exempt persons (that is NOT your neighbour or friend...). Immigration advice is not cheap in New Zealand, but Licensed immigration Advisers usually know the most appropriate ways to obtain a work permit and residence visa, for New Zealand.
Most foreigners start with a visitor visa, to travel to NZ and understand its economy, the boundless natural beauty, the safe living environments, its free schools, free healthcare, and the other features of a Commonwealth country that makes New Zealand so attractive for migration.
Many others begin their journey to New Zealand as a university student, either from scratch as a bachelor student, or as an experienced manager with a fast 1-year MBA study. Following the studies a 3-year open work visa allows time to find skilled employment which then leads directly to residence.
There are pathways to residence through work visa (sponsored by employers and for jobs where no local talent is available), through investment (upwards of NZ$3 Million invested for 4 years in the country, or upwards of NZ$10 Million invested for 3 years) which entitles the investor to residence. For others, there is a point-based residence scheme for qualified and experienced managers (qualification and experience can be from the home country or through study and work in New Zealand).
There are also opportunities for parents/grandparents and retirees to live in New Zealand, usually based on financial self-sufficiency and/or family sponsorship.
After 2 years as Resident you can apply for Permanent Resident (that removes travel restrictions and allows living overseas) and generally after 5 years of total residence there is a pathway to obtaining New Zealand citizenship, which then also allows visa-free travel to and work in, Australia. Two countries for the price of one!
You wouldn't ask your neighbour to do eye surgery on you after she watched a few YouTube videos, so don't do Do-It-Yourself immigration advice! Like in most countries, what looks like 'easy' government forms does not always turn out to be easy to complete and submit with the required evidentiary attachments, and no one should start a journey to New Zealand with a declined application. I am happy to spend time with you, no cost, to evaluate what the best choices are for you to work and live in New Zealand.
In Zealand, the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment manages the NZ Immigration Service, and the MBIE Registrar of Immigration Advisers has appointed me to his 2021 Licensed Immigration Advisers Reference Group as adviser.
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Carefully choose: Licensed Immigration Adviser or Lawyer?
I am legally trained (Doctorate in Law, Masters in Law), have taught Commercial Law for many decades and thus appreciate the complex education lawyers complete. However, the field of immigration advice in New Zealand is a specialist topic that few lawyers ever master well, given that they usually work in the many other, more general, areas of law (contract law, family law, trust law, commercial litigation, etc.). Clients have a choice to select a Government-regulated Licensed Immigration adviser or any lawyer, and I have summarized the key differences here:
A message from the New Zealand Immigration Minister
Watch the Minister's comments HERE .
A new 2021 Residence Visa
The Government has offered a new residence visa to those who were in NZ on 29 September 2021 in NZ, and who meet several other criteria. This opportunity is new, exciting, and requires a full application for residence, either after December 2021 or after March 2022.
Use our FREE Self-Assessment Tool for immediate determination of eligibility.
Get in touch so we can assess your eligibility and documentation requirements and help you prepare your materials for a successful application. Note that applications close 31 July 2022, for this new visa type.
An Immigration NZ information session about the application details HERE.
An Immigration NZ information session about the requirements for the 2021 Residence Visa is HERE.
The new Accredited Employer Work Visa
If an employer wants to hire a migrant worker who is not already on an open work visa, they MUST be (a) accredited (applications for accreditation can be submitted as of 9 May 2022, with visa applications accepted as of 4 July 2022), (b) the job must pass a job check, and (c) the migrant applicant must meet requirements. Watch an Immigration NZ information session HERE.
This will become the most frequently used pathway for migrants to a work visa and subsequent residence in New Zealand.
The process requires work with the employer (to be accredited), with the migrant (to create a visa application) and with the community (to test that local workers are not available for this position).
Make contact early to become accredited or to become a job seeker for work visa in this category.