A group of industries made up of the farming, mining, fishing, and fruit, vegetable and flower-growing industries.
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To apply for one of these visas, you’ll first need to create an account. Once you’ve done this, you can then login and apply. You can also use your login to check your application status.
To submit an expression of interest, you’ll first need to create an account. Once you’ve done this, you can then login and submit an EOI. You can also use your login to check the status of your EOI.
To apply for this visa, you’ll first need to create an account. Once you’ve done this, you can then login and apply. You can also use your login to check your application status.
If you are a current visa holder and provide your details to a third-party (such as a bank), they can use this information to verify your visa using the Visa Verification Service. Please read this information before you login.
VisaView allows New Zealand employers to check the details of a worker's current visa. View our detailed guides for VisaView.
Skilled occupations that New Zealand hasn't had enough people to do for a long time. These occupations are listed on the Long Term Skills Shortage List.
A programme of study that has a course value of 120 or more credits, and lasts at least 8 months or 2 semesters.
We accept the following tests:
An ‘acceptable’ investment is one that:
A manning agent that:
An acceptable qualification for a post-study work visa is New Zealand qualification listed on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework that is either:
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) qualifications and level 4 qualifications that are not a National Certificate or a New Zealand Certificate aren’t considered acceptable qualifications.
A New Zealand government-owned organisation that provides fault-free insurance cover that may pay towards the cost of medical treatment for injuries resulting from accidents in New Zealand.
An employer approved by Immigration New Zealand to employ workers under the Talent (Accredited Employers) Work Immigration Instructions. Only accredited employers can support a Talent (Accredited Employers ) Work Visa.
A company that has Immigration New Zealand’s approval to employ people from overseas to supply labour to third-parties. Labour hire companies providing labour to the construction sector in Christchurch must be accredited for work visas to be approved.
The Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) is a system used by Immigration New Zealand to check:
The ANZSCO is published on the Australian Bureau of Statistics website.
A legal process that is used to review a decision. Appeals are made to the Immigration and Protection Tribunal, which is part of the Ministry of Justice. The result of an appeal can be for the decision to stay the same, for the decision to change or for a new decision to be made.
A visa application is approved in principle when we've recommended your application for approval, but need extra documents like a passport or receipt for tuition fees, to confirm you meet the visa requirements.
An application is not fully approved until we receive all the documents we ask for, and record in our computer system that we've granted the visa.
An arts or music festival hosted in New Zealand that has been formally approved by Immigration New Zealand (INZ). For INZ to ‘approve’ a festival its organiser must submit a formal proposal, showing that both:
A primary or secondary school, or tertiary education provider that has been approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority or New Zealand’s Ministry of Education to offer certain courses of study.
A music promoter on Immigration New Zealand’s Approved Music Promoter List.
A scheme that has been approved by Immigration New Zealand and New Zealand’s Ministry of Education to allow overseas students to attend a school, or education or training institute in New Zealand.
For an exchange scheme to be approved, it must show it has made appropriate arrangements for the accommodation, maintenance and wellbeing of participating students and any dependents they’re allowed to bring with them.
A basic qualification is a recognised qualification one that is at level four to eight of the New Zealand Qualification Framework.
Biometric information is physical information that distinguishes one person from another and can be used to establish a record of and confirm an individual’s identity. The most common forms of biometric information are photographs and fingerprints. Other forms of biometric information include iris scans and voice recognition.
Visitors coming to New Zealand for less than 3 months may be granted a Business Visitor Visa for any of the following reasons:
To carry out any other work activities, or stay longer than 3 months, you'll need to apply for a work visa.
A certificate of identity is any document, other than a passport, issued by the government of any country that allows a person to travel. Certificates of identity confirm a person’s identity, but not their nationality and should only be used for travel when a passport is not available.
A photocopy stamped or signed by a person as a true copy of the original. The certifier must be authorised to do so by law in your home country or in New Zealand – for example a lawyer, Notary Public, Justice of the Peace, or court official.
A decision to waive good character requirements for a person who doesn't meet them, so we can grant them a visa.
We don't consider character waivers for people who have character issues described in section 15 or 16 of the Immigration Act 2009.
When we make a decision about whether we'll grant a character waiver, we take into account things like:
An accountant who is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, which is a professional body for accountants. Chartered accountants work under a code of ethics.
The vacation period between the end of the academic year, normally in November, and the start of the next academic year normally at the end of February or start of March.
You are usually automatically a citizen of the country in which you were born, but you may also hold citizenship for another country, if your parents or ancestors originally came from another country. Your citizenship will be listed in your passport.
A civil union has the same property and civil rights as a marriage. It may be between couples of the same sex or couples of different sexes.
You or your partner's adult brother or sister, adult child or parent.
A group of countries that INZ considers have a similar labour market, which is made up of Australia, Austria, Belgium-Luxembourg, Canada, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Portugal, Republic of South Korea, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, South Africa, United Kingdom and the United States of America.
Education from the ages of 6 years to 16 years of age is compulsory in New Zealand.
A person who's been given refugee status by the New Zealand Government.
Your home country, or another country you both:
In some countries and cultures parents may adopt children without going through a formal legal adoption process. If this applies to your family situation we will require evidence of this adoption.
Visa (or entry permission) may be ‘deemed’ for certain specific classes of people where it is not possible or appropriate to apply for, or grant a visa. There is no physical or electronic record of a deemed visa.
Deemed visas are most commonly used for cruise ship passengers and travellers to the Ross Dependency in Antarctica, and members of visiting armed forces.
A de facto relationship is between two people who usually live together as a couple, like a marriage or civil union. They are not married or in a civil union with each other.
A legal document that notifies a person that they will be deported from New Zealand and explains:
A person is deported from New Zealand if the person leaves New Zealand (whether or not at the expense of the Government of New Zealand):
Students at schools and tertiary education institutes who have their fees partly or totally paid by the New Zealand Government. In certain circumstances defined by New Zealand’s Ministry of Education, international students can be treated as domestic students.
Any violence included in the meaning of domestic violence in section 3 of the Domestic Violence Act 1995.
A company is domiciled in the country where it is permanently located and legally registered. Multi-national companies are domiciled in the country where the head office or parent company is registered. For example, if company A has branches in New Zealand, Australia and Fiji, but the head office is in the United Kingdom it is considered to be domiciled in the United Kingdom.
People who are tax residents in New Zealand and another country can be taxed on the same income by both countries. Double tax agreements have been negotiated between New Zealand and many other countries to decide which country has the first or sole right to tax specific types of income.
This means having any involvement in the trading of illegal drugs.
Bosnia and Herzegovina
The Edmund Hillary Fellowship (EHF) gives visionary entrepreneurs, investors and startup teams a platform to incubate global impact ventures from Aotearoa New Zealand.
EHF is about creating and supporting a diverse community of entrepreneurs who push the boundaries of creativity and innovation, with fresh new ideas and different approaches to business.
A group of Pacific countries that Recognised Seasonal Employers are allowed to recruit seasonal workers from. The nations are the Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, the Republic of Marshall Islands, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.
To be considered an eligible sponsor under the Refugee Family Support Category, sponsors must:
Immigration New Zealand’s online health processing system, which is used by panel physicians to send us chest x-ray and medical certificates.
A situation that requires someone to receive immediate medical treatment in New Zealand because:
A place of work that is outside Auckland attracts bonus points as we want to ensure all of New Zealand can benefit from the skills of people moving here. To qualify for points you will need to prove that your employment is outside the area covered by the Auckland Council.
If you are not providing an IELTS certificate, you may be able to meet English language requirements by showing you have an English speaking background.
A translation of a document written in a language other than English, into English.
All documents provided with residence applications must be translated into English.
All medical and police certificates provided with temporary entry visa applications must be translated into English.
English translations must be carried out by one of the following:
Translations must be certified and may not be prepared by the person applying for the visa, a member of their family, or an immigration adviser helping with the application.
Someone who works as either:
Entry permission allows a visa holder to enter New Zealand.
Holding a visa doesn’t guarantee entry permission unless the person holds a:
A person travelling to New Zealand visa waiver must apply for both a visa and entry permission when they arrive in New Zealand.
The Expression of Interest Pool is the collection of Expressions of Interest of people who have scored at least 100 points against selected factors. Submissions are pooled over time. Every two weeks we select people from the Pool and invite them to apply for residence, if the claims they have made in their Expression of Interest are credible.
Unselected EOIs stay in the pool for six months.
A group of lists detailing the occupations that New Zealand doesn't have enough people to work in. They include the:
People who are qualified to work in an occupation on one of these lists, can apply for a work visa without their employer first having to check if any New Zealanders are ready and willing to do the work.
We’ll consider you have exceptional talent in your field of art, culture or sport if all of the following apply:
A person who is:
A reason for travelling to New Zealand on a Limited Visa, which may include any one of the following:
You may be able to come to New Zealand on a Limited Visa for a reason not on this list, if we think your reason justifies us granting you a visa.
An expression of interest (EOI) is a form you complete to show us you're interested in moving to New Zealand to live, which is the first step towards residence for some visas, like the Skilled Migrant Category (SMC), and Parent Resident Visas.
You can send EOIs for SMC online, and paper forms for other visas that require EOIs.
In your EOI you'll need to explain how you'll meet the criteria for the visa you wish to apply for. You don't need to include any evidence with your EOI.
If your EOI meets our criteria, it'll be entered into a selection pool. If we draw your EOI drawn from the pool, we'll invite you to apply for New Zealand residence and ask you to provide evidence to support the claims you made in your EOI.
Expungement of a criminal record is a legal process that can clear criminal convictions from a person's record.
This is anything that you tell us that is in any way untrue. If you provide false or misleading information, we may decline the Expression of Interest or application in which you provided this information.
A co-operative immigration forum made up of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.
Any overseas crew working on a fishing vessel in New Zealand including workers who do work other than fishing, like processing the catch.
An international student who must pay the full cost of their study, without the financial support of the New Zealand Government. Not a domestic student.
A birth certificate that includes your full name, your date and place of birth and your parents’ full names.
We only accept full birth certificates as proof of your identity.
If you can't get your birth certificate, you'll need to provide official evidence of this from the authority responsible for registering births in your birth country, eg a ‘non-availability’ or ‘birth not registered’ certificate.
A job where you work at least 30 hours each week.
A permanent role for at least 30 hours each week.
Study that involves either:
A job where you work at least 30 hours a week.
When you nominate funds for an Investor 1 Resident Visa, Investor 2 Resident Visa, Parent Retirement Resident Visa, or Temporary Retirement Visitor Visa, you can include funds you’ve already invested in New Zealand, as long as:
If you already have funds invested in New Zealand, your investment period will start from the date we approve your application for your visa in principle, and not the date you invested the funds.
Funds that have been gifted to you unconditionally and legally, and have been been earned or acquired legally by the person gifting them.
Industries identified as having the potential to grow New Zealand’s economy. Current future growth areas are:
A partnership is genuine if it has been entered into on a long term and exclusive basis.
A partnership is stable if it is likely to endure.
A business that is operating and making a profit.
To come to New Zealand you must have an acceptable standard of health, or be granted a medical waiver. We'll consider you have an acceptable standard of health if you're:
A music act promoted in New Zealand by a music promoter on Immigration New Zealand’s Approved Music Promoters List.
A university or other education provider that’s:
Information about the category of education organisations is available on NZQA’s website.
Fruit, vegetable and flower-growing businesses.
A tradition in a culture where it’s normal for people other than those getting married, to select the couple to be married, and make the marriage arrangements.
The International English Language Testing System (IELTS), which tests how well you read, write, speak and listen in English.
An airport, port or other place designated by Immigration New Zealand to process people arriving in, or leaving New Zealand.
Applicants are considered to have influence over a business if they exercise significant influence over the management and administration of the business. This includes, but is not limited to, when acting as a director or senior manager.
The New Zealand Government agency that collects tax.
A report from the New Zealand Qualifications Authority that:
An acronym for Immigration New Zealand.
The official Indonesian family registration document.
A visa issued electronically and without a physical label in your passport.
You can use your eVisa to travel to, enter and remain in New Zealand for the period allowed by your visa.
A company that:
A test to establish whether:
When we carry out a labour market test, we’ll look at things like:
We need to see proof of adoption. If you have adopted your child through legal means we need to see the original adoption papers from the country in which you adopted the child.
A New Zealand Government service that helps people who can’t afford a lawyer to pay for legal help.
For more information about legal aid, visit:
A person who is legally responsible for providing for the education, health and wellbeing of a child and is that child’s natural or adoptive parent, or a person who has legal custody of the child.
Funds or assets (or a combination of both) that you either earned or acquired in a way that:
Licensed immigration advisers (LIAs) are licensed by the Immigration Adviser’s Authority (IAA) to provide specialist immigration knowledge.
Licensed immigration advisers must:
The IAA keeps a register of LIAs. If an adviser doesn’t appear on the register, then they are unlicensed.
An occupation classified as skill level 4 or 5 on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO).
Funds that are invested in either:
For us to accept managed funds as an investment, managed funds must be invested only in New Zealand companies. Managed funds with international exposure are acceptable only for the part of the investment that is invested in New Zealand companies.
This is a document you get from a medical practitioner after you have completed a medical examination. The certificate tells us the results of that examination which we then use to determine whether you have an acceptable standard of health.
A decision to waive health requirements for a person who doesn’t meet them, so that we can grant a visa.
We don’t consider medical waivers for people who:
We also don’t consider medical waivers for people who were eligible to be included in an earlier application for a residence visa as a partner or dependent child; and
When we make a decision about whether we’ll grant a medical waiver, we take into account things like:
A levy we used to charge to help fund settlement programmes for new migrants. The migrant levy has been replaced by the immigration levy.
The minimum threshold is the lowest number of points you need to score for your Expression of Interest to enter the Expression of Interest Pool. This threshold is set at 100 points. You also need to have scored points for either recognised qualifications or work experience to meet the threshold.
Expressions of Interest in the Pool are ranked from highest to lowest and the greater your score the greater your chance of being invited to apply for residence.
The least amount someone working in New Zealand can be paid by law. Minimum wage rates are reviewed every year and are available on the Employment New Zealand website.
Travel conditions that allow a visa holder to travel to and from New Zealand as many times as they like until their visa expires.
Visa holders with multiple entry travel conditions still need to apply for entry permission each time they return to New Zealand.
A New Zealand company that enters into a formal fishing charter arrangement with a foreign partner to carry out fishing operations in New Zealand.
Under our Skilled Migrant Category, you can qualify for bonus points for a recognised qualification that you have studied for and gained through a New Zealand institution such as a university or polytechnic. You can also qualify for bonus points for two years of full-time study in New Zealand towards a recognised qualification.
See definition of basic New Zealand qualification.
A framework that divides New Zealand qualifications into 10 different levels based on the knowledge and experience holders of those qualifications are expected to have. Overseas qualifications can be compared to the New Zealand Qualifications Framework by the New Zealand Qualification Authority.
A record held by us that shows you're able to travel to, or stay in New Zealand. The kind of visa you have affects how long you can stay and what you can do. A visa may or may not be endorsed in your passport.
Anyone included in a visa application who is not the principal applicant, ie the principal applicant’s partner, the principal applicant’s dependent children, the principal applicant’s partner’s dependent children.
A New Zealand organisation that is nationally recognised for its record of excellence in either:
Registration with a New Zealand registration authority that allows you to work in a particular occupation in New Zealand. New Zealand law requires you to have New Zealand registration before you can work in some occupations in New Zealand.
A job offer from a New Zealand employer made to you. The job offered must meet our definition of skilled employment.
All offers of employment must be genuine and sustainable, and contain the following information:
A government issued work record that is a legal requirement for workers in some countries.
If you need to demonstrate work experience in a country that uses an official workbook, you should provide a copy if you are applying for a work, visitor or student visa, or the original or a certified copy if you are applying for a resident visa.
Ordinarily resident in New Zealand is defined as having been lawfully present in New Zealand for more than 183 days in the last 12 months.
A registered company, incorporated society or charitable trust.
A doctor or radiologist who has been approved by New Zealand Immigration to complete medical and chest x-ray certificates.
The countries and regions participating in the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) business card travel scheme are:
A person you are legally married to, or in a civil union or de facto relationship with, and who you live with in a genuine and stable partnership. Partners can be of the same or opposite sex.
The following persons are exempt from the requirement to be licensed:
For Skilled Migrant you can qualify for points for your Expression of Interest based on how well you score on assessment against selected factors. The points system is designed to identify those people with the most to offer New Zealand so that invitations to apply for residence can be extended to them. The greater the number of points you score, the greater your chance of gaining an invitation to apply for residence. You need to score at least 100 points to have a chance of entering the Expressions of Interest Pool.
A report from the New Zealand Qualifications Authority that assesses your qualification based on the information you supply.
A group of industries made up of the farming, mining, fishing, and fruit, vegetable and flower-growing industries.
The person we assess against the criteria for a Resident Visa first.
A person granted a Resident Visa in New Zealand because they were recognised as having protected person status in New Zealand.
A secure online ID that allows you to login to a wide range of New Zealand Government services using a single username and password.
For us to recognise your business experience:
When we assess applications for Investor 2 Resident Visas, we only award points for recognised business experience.
A qualification that either is:
For the puposes of Skilled Migrant Category bonus points for New Zealand qualifications, Immigration New Zealand considers "two years" of study to be study undertaken for at least 16 months over four or more semesters.
An employer who has Immigration New Zealand's approval under the Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme to recruit workers from overseas to work in our fruit and vegetable, and grape-growing industries when they need extra workers.
Work experience gained in a labour market comparable to New Zealand that is:
Work experience may also be recognised if it was gained in a labour market that is not comparable to New Zealand if that work experience meets the requirements of SM13.20.
A person granted New Zealand residence for one of the following reasons:
We use two tiered queues to help us select people to invite to apply for residence under the Refugee Family Support Category.
To join a queue, family members have to be sponsored by a person who has been granted New Zealand residence because they were a refugee or protected person, and are an eligible sponsor.
Different criteria apply for sponsors to register for tier one and tier two queues. Tier one sponsor registrations are selected in the order they are received until the annual quota is met. If there are any places left after this, we fill the remaining places from the tier two queue.
Paid or unpaid work that’s in one or more of the following activities:
An employer that has INZ approval under the Supplementary Seasonal Employer Scheme (SSE) to recruit overseas workers to plant, maintain, harvest or pack crops when there are not enough New Zealanders available to do the work.
A country that has agreed to allow the free movement of citizens within the Schengen Area.
A person employed by the horticulture and viticulture industries to find people to do seasonal work in New Zealand, including for approved Supplementary Seasonal Employers.
Planting, maintaining, harvesting or packing crops.
Sometimes visas are subject to extra conditions under section 49(1) of the Immigration Act 2009. We call these section 49 conditions. For example, if you’re granted residence under the Skilled Migrant Category a section 49 condition could be that you take up an offer of skilled employment within 3 months of arriving in New Zealand.
Any employment that you need specialist, technical or management expertise and relevant qualifications and/or work experience to do, and is either:
A report from New Zealand’s Work and Income that details if any New Zealanders are available to work in a particular occupation.
A person who has the primary responsibility for the day-to-day care of a dependent relative or relatives in New Zealand, on an ongoing basis.
A visitor visa that allows people who aren’t tourists to visit New Zealand for a short time. You may be eligible for a visitor visa in a special category, if you have a specific reason for your visit. Examples include:
A decision made by New Zealand’s Immigration Minister (or his or her delegate) to waive an immigration requirement for, or impose an immigration condition on a person, visa, or document. Special directions are only made in very special circumstances.
People who can carry out specific or specialist tasks at a senior level, who also have organisational knowledge in one of the following areas:
A guarantee from a person, organisation or government agency to look after you while you visit, study, work or settle in New Zealand. If you're coming temporarily, your sponsor will also guarantee the cost of your return home .
A written statement of facts, signed by you declaring the facts you wrote are true. Declarations have to be signed in front of an authorised person, such as a Justice of the Peace, a barrister or solicitor, a Notary Public who also signs the statement to confirm it was signed by you.
People whose job it is to support sports events and tours, such as:
Conditions on a visa that allow travel to and from New Zealand, either once or for a certain amount of time.
A New Zealand university, institute of technology, polytechnic or wānanga.
For a list of tertiary education institutes vist:
An eligible sponsor who has registered as a sponsor under the Refugee Family Support Category and either:
An eligible sponsor who has registered as a sponsor under the Refugee Family Support Category and both:
A passenger who arrives in New Zealand while on their way to another country and for the whole time they’re in New Zealand stays either:
An acronym for Transitioning to Recognised Seasonal Employer, a visa we used to grant to allow people to do seasonal work in the horticulture and viticulture industries. It’s been replaced by the Seasonal Supplementary Employment (SSE) Work Visa.
INZ will accept tertiary qualifications from the following Turkish institutions as evidence you’re able to speak English:
We'll also need evidence that the instruction for your qualification was in English.
Funds that are free from mortgages, liens, charges, loans, bonds and creditor claims.
A person who is neither licensed under the Immigration Advisers Licensing Act 2007 to operate as an immigration adviser or exempt under section 11 from the requirement to be licensed.
A change to the conditions of a student, work or visitor visa. You may apply for a variation of conditions to allow you to:
A fund that invests capital in an early-stage or start-up (or seed) company in exchange for an equity stake in that company.
A country whose citizens don’t have to apply for a visa before travelling to New Zealand, when:
An activity which you are paid to do, either in salary or wages, or another benefit like accommodation, food or transport.
Work doesn’t include: