Information about Samoan Quota Resident Visa

If you are a Samoan citizen, you can register for this ballot to come to New Zealand. If your registration is drawn from the ballot we may invite you to apply for residence.



18 – 45

1100 per year – 550 extra places each year until 2026

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 Samoan Quota ballot registration form online. You must include your partner and children in the form, if you want to bring them with you.


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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