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6 Types of Visa’s To Immigrate To New Zealand

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What draws you to New Zealand? Is it the Hawkes Bay hill known as Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu? Or is it the fact that the sheep there outnumber humans in the unbelievable ratio of 6:1?

Perhaps your interest is to study and work with the kiwis, who are known to be one of the friendliest people in the entire world. Whatever your reason for visiting or residing in New Zealand is, you need to prove to the authorities that your stay there is legal.

They’ll issue you a visa that reflects your reason for going to the Land of the Long White Cloud/Middle Earth. Here are the six major types of New Zealand visas:

1.Student Visa

You’ll need a student visa if your intention is to enroll in any learning institution in the country for a full-time course lasting three months and above.

For you to qualify for a student visa, you must have the following:

A valid offer to study in New Zealand duly signed by the NZ Qualifications Authority.

Proof that an institution or an individual is willing to accommodate you throughout your stay in the country

Proof of adequate funds to meet all your needs while studying

A return air ticket to your current country of residence

2.Work Visas

New Zealand offers a variety of work visa types depending on the country you’re from, your age, skill level, and employment status. Here are some of the most popular New Zealand work visas:

1.Essential skills work visa: This gives you the chance to be employed in New Zealand for a short period of time. It’s designed to help institutions and businesses to hire staff from other countries when they can’t find qualified New Zealanders. 

For more information on this type of work visa, head over to this website:

1.Working holiday visa: This visa is meant for young people aged between 18 and 30 (or 35 for a few select countries) who wish to travel and work in New Zealand for not more than one year. UK and Canadian holders of this visa are allowed 23 months of work. 

In applying for this visa, your main intention should be to go on holiday. Work should be a by-the-way.

1.Work to residence visa: This visa allows you to work for a minimum of 24 months and thereafter become a resident of New Zealand. You must be below 55 years of age to be eligible for this.

2.Skilled migrant visa: This visa immediately grants you permanent residency in New Zealand, especially if your job offer supports your long-term stay in the country.

3. Partners and Children Visa

You should apply for this visa if you intend to bring your parents, spouse, or children to join you in New Zealand, either temporarily or permanently. For your parents or children, you must have valid proof that they’re truly yours.

For your spouse:

The partnership must be honest and stable

There must be mutual support between the two of you

You have to live together

During their stay with you, they can still apply for other types of visas.

4.Investment Visa

Do you have more than USD$2.1 million for business investments? Then apply for an investment visa and get started on your journey to command a great share of the New Zealand market in your area of specialization.


You must have more than three years of business experience.

Your spoken and written English skills must be of reasonable standards.

You should be below 65 years old.

5.Business Visa

This is a bit more lenient than the investment visa. The minimum capital requirements are USD$70,140. This should be enough to start or acquire a small or medium-sized enterprise.

To prove yourself worthy of this visa:

You must have a realistic business plan.

Your creditworthiness should not be questionable.

You should not have a history of business failures.

Your health, character, and mastery of the English language should be of acceptable standards.

6.Tourist Visa

You need this visa whenever you go to New Zealand as a visitor, as is the case with many other countries. During your stay there, the authorities need to be sure that you have enough money to comfortably support yourself. 

Once you prove that, you can go ahead and enjoy New Zealand’s unique scenery. FYI, the country is full of magnificent and grotesque landscapes, lustrous lakes, beautifully flowing rivers, luxurious beaches, interesting culture, and a wonderful but unpredictable climate. You don’t want to miss such!

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