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What is the New Zealand Residence Programme?

The New Zealand Residence Programme (NZRP) contains residence goals set by the government to meet New Zealand’s ongoing skills requirements and humanitarian commitments.

Cabinet periodically reviews the number of places available to migrants under the NZRP.

On 12 December 2018, Cabinet agreed to a planning range of 50,000 to 60,000 residence approvals from 1 July 2018 to 31 December 2019 and the distribution of residence approvals across streams.

This includes:
• the Skilled/Business stream (approximately 25,500 to 30,600 places),  
• family stream (uncapped), including Partner and Dependent Child categories approximately 19,000 to 22,800 places for Immigration New Zealand’s planning purposes, and
• the International/Humanitarian stream (5,500 to 6,600 places).