New Zealand Resident Visas

New Zealand is a country built on migrants, people from all walks who came to this amazing country for many reasons, we have welcomed them all with open arms. Our cultural background is rich and continues to prosper economically and socially because of our makeup.

If you would like to be part of our great nation these are some of the options or pathways available:

Skilled Migrant Category

The Skilled Migrant Category (SMC) accepts applications from people with work skills that New Zealand needs and allow the applicant to move to New Zealand to work and live permanently.

To be eligible you must:

  • be 55 or under
  • be healthy
  • be of good character
  • have an acceptable level of English.

Applications are decided on a points basis, you are awarded points for age, education, work experience etc.  The higher the point score the more likely your application will be accepted.  The next stage if you have enough points is to lodge an Expression of Interest (EOI), if that is accepted by INZ you will then be offered an invitation to apply.

Family Category – Residence through family

If you have family living in New Zealand you may be able to join them if they sponsor your application depending on your relationship, if you are a

  1. Dependant child
  2. Parent
  3. Partner

Dependant child

If your parents already live in New Zealand, you are aged 25 and under and you intend on joining them permanently then this category is for you.

You will need to provide evidence of your relationship to your parents and evidence of your parents permanent status in New Zealand.  If you are between the age of 18-25 years of age you will also need to provide evidence of your dependence on your parents.  You will also be required to provide medical and character checks with your application.


If your children have lived in New Zealand for 3 or more years and you would like to join them there are two avenues available and both begin by registering an Expression of Interest, if you are selected from the pool of applicants you will be sent an Invitation to Apply under either Tier 1 or Tier 2 Categories:

Tier 1

Tier one of the Parent Category allows people who are parents of New Zealand residents or citizens, and who have access to sufficient funds, to apply for residence in New Zealand.
Applicants under Tier 1 are assessed on  the following areas:

  • Sponsor’s income
  • Guaranteed lifetime minimum income
  • Settlement funds.

Tier 2

Tier two  Parent Category enables parents of New Zealand residents or citizens who are classified as ‘home alone’ in their resident country to apply for residence in New Zealand.

Tier two applicants must meet both of the following criteria:

  • minimum income of sponsor, and
  • location of applicant’s other children.

Talk to us and we can work out what options you have to get you here faster, conditions apply.

Family Temporary Entry Category

It may be that you want to come to New Zealand for a temporary period to visit relatives or family, or for special events such as a culturally arranged marriage to a New Zealand Citizen or resident.

If you intend to stay temporarily with your family member who is a New Zealand citizen or resident, the kind of visa you need depends on what you want to do when you’re here, we need to access your individual situation to decide on what is best for you.

Pacific Access Category (PAC)

Every year New Zealand invites applications from Pacific nations such as Fiji, Kiribati, Tuvalu and Tonga  to  apply for residence under the Pacific Access Category.  Applicants their partners and dependant children register their interest (during the official registration period) in applying under the PAC,  successful applicants are drawn by a random electronic ballot one month after the ballot closes, if your application is chosen you are invited to formally apply for residence.  Applicants that are drawn have eight months in which to submit their applications.

Samoan Quota Scheme

Like the Pacific Access Category the Samoan Quota allows a number of Samoan citizens to settle in New Zealand with their partners and dependant children.  After registering your interest (during the official registration period) names are drawn from the ballot and registered parties are invited to apply for residence.