We welcome a number of citizens of Fiji, Kiribati, Tuvalu and Tonga (including their partners and dependent children) to settle in New Zealand each year under the Pacific Access Category.
The Pacific Access Category is run by ballot. You can only apply for residence under this category if your registration is drawn from the ballot.
To be eligible to make an application for residence under the Pacific Access Category, you must lodge your registration during the official registration period each year. The 2016 registration period is from 1 April to 29 April 2016.
Find out the requirements for registration and how to make a registration.
Find out the requirements for residence and how to make a residence application in case your registration is drawn from the ballot and you are invited to apply for residence.
Find out more about residence class visas.
If you want to check whether you would qualify for a residence class visa, do a quick check of the criteria now.
You may also like to check out other ways you can move to New Zealand either permanently or temporarily. These include study, business and various work options. For example, you may be wondering:
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