Applying for and getting New Zealand Residency

Gaining residence in New Zealand is the ultimate goal for many migrants.

Obtaining New Zealand residence

Moving to New Zealand is one of the best decision you will make in your life. What is there not to like in our beautiful country? We are one of the safest, least corrupted countries in the world, our economy is thriving, there are plenty of opportunities, and it is an ideal place to raise a family.

What can I do with a residence-class visa?

A residence-class visa gives you the right:

  • to stay in New Zealand indefinitely (with valid travel conditions)
  • to work in New Zealand
  • to study in New Zealand as a domestic fee-paying student
  • to receive free or subsidised health care at publicly funded health services
  • to receive free education at state-run primary and secondary schools, and subsidised fees for domestic students at private schools and tertiary institutions
  • to enrol and vote in elections
  • to be a sponsor for a partner, parents or dependent children during their visa application
  • and more…

How do I get residence in New Zealand?

There are several ways you can gain residence in New Zealand, many of which start with a temporary visa to allow you to work or do business here. The residence process can be quite long, from a few weeks to 18+ months, and this is why in many instances, you will enter New Zealand on a temporary visa. Depending on your background and circumstances, there may be different options available to you.