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

  • 75 Kiribati citizens
  • 75 Tuvaluan citizens
  • 250 Tongan citizens
  • 250 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 application process

Stage 1

1 You register for the ballot

Fill in your Pacific Access Category ballot registration online. If you are in Tuvalu or Kiribati you can fill in a paper form. 

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 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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