We require people to have a reasonable standard of English to ensure they have the best opportunity to settle successfully into work and life in New Zealand.
Our requirements apply differently depending on whether you are the principal applicant – the person completing the form – or a non-principal applicant. Non-principal applicants include the partner and/or dependent children of the person completing the form.
Principal applicants under the Entrepreneur Work Visa Category, Entrepreneur Residence Visa, Employees of Relocating Businesses, and Investor 2 categories must meet a minimum standard of English to ensure their English language ability is sufficient to assist them to successfully settle in New Zealand.
As a principal applicant you must provide:
In all cases we may still require you to provide an IELTS certificate to confirm you meet our English requirements.
You may be able to show that you have an English speaking background if you have been in skilled employment in New Zealand and have been for at least 12 months
you can show you:
In all cases we may still require you to provide an IELTS certificate to confirm you meet our English language requirements.
As a partner or a dependent child aged 16 and older you must:
Instead of meeting the minimum standard of English, your partner or dependent child(ren) aged 16 years or older may choose to pre-purchase English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) tuition in New Zealand.
You purchase this tuition from New Zealand’s Tertiary Education Commission. We will only grant you a residence class visa once the tuition charge is paid. Your partner or child(ren) have five years in which to complete the ESOL tuition you have paid for.