Information about Pacific Access Category Resident Visa

If you are from Kiribati, Tuvalu, Tonga or Fiji you can register for a ballot. If your registration is drawn from the ballot we may invite you to apply for residence.



18 – 45 years

  • 150 Kiribati citizens
  • 150 Tuvaluan citizens
  • 500 Tongan citizens
  • 500 Fijian citizens

All conditions

With this visa you can

  • Live, work and study in New Zealand.
  • Include your partner, and dependent children aged 24 and under, in your residence application — if you first included them in your ballot registration.

Things to note

  • You or your partner must have a job offer that pays enough to support you and your family in New Zealand.
  • You must be able to read, write and speak English.
  • The visa quotas have been increased for the 2022 and 2023 ballots. They are now up from 75 to 150 Kiribati citizens, 75 to 150 Tuvaluan citizens, 250 to 500 Tongan citizens and from 250 to 500 Fijian citizens.

The application process

Stage 1

1 You register for the ballot

Register your Pacific Access Category ballot using the online form If you are in Tonga or Fiji.

If you are in Tuvalu or Kiribati register your ballot online or on a paper Pacific Access Category Registration Form (INZ 1375). 

You must include your partner and children in your registration.


2 We run the ballot

If your registration is drawn from the ballot, we may invite you to apply for residence.

Stage 2

3 You send us your residence application

If invited to apply, you’ll have 8 months to find employment in New Zealand and send us your residence application.



4 We make a decision about your application

If there’s anything else you need to do, we’ll be in touch.

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