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English language requirements

English language requirements vary depending on what type of application you are making:

  • Skilled Migrant - The minimum English requirement must be met by the Principal applicant, as well as any Non-Principal applicants (ie, Principal applicant's partner and any dependent children aged 16 and older)
  • Investor and Entrepreneur categories -There are separate requirements for Principal and Non-Principal applicants for Investor category of Migrant Investment policies.  
  • Residence from Work (Accredited Employer, Long Term Skills Shortage, Religious Worker and Talent - Arts, Culture and Sports ) - English language requirements will depend on which particular Residence from Work visa (e.g Religious Worker) you apply for
  • Samoan Quota and Pacific Access - The Principal applicant must meet this requirement, as assessed by their immigration officer during the residence application process 
  • Parent Category - All applicants must meet a minimum English language requirement.
  • Student visa - Immigration New Zealand does not set any English language requirements for students. Some Education Providers (especially at tertiary level) require a certain level of English before an offer of place will be given to you. You should contact your school/institute for more information on this
  • Work visa - Some work visa categories do have an English language requirement such as some Working Holiday Visas. However, in general a functional level of English will be expected so that you can undertake your employment in NZ. The level required will depend on your employer's requirements and the job description. Your immigration officer will need to be satisfied that your level of English is sufficient to perform your duties correctly and this will be assessed during your application process

It is always best to check the specific visa type that you intend applying for to see what the English requirements are for that specific visa.

English Language Information (INZ 1060) guide