Here are the visa options if you want to live in New Zealand permanently, and your visa application will be based on your occupation or skills.
To be eligible for residence under SMC you must:
To decide if you can apply we use a points system. You get points for age, experience, employability and qualifications.
There are two steps:
This points indicator is a guide only. Its sole use is for you to get an indication of whether you would qualify for the 100 points that you need to submit an Expression of Interest. Your final, true points score will be the one that is assessed by our branch staff when assessing your EOI.
If you want to qualify under the Skilled Migrant Category, there are some requirements you must meet.
You can include your partner and dependent children in your application, but you all have to meet these standards.
Everyone included in your Skilled Migrant Category application will have to meet our minimum standards of English. The standard that the principal applicant must meet is different to the standard his/her partner and children must meet.
For the principal applicant (the person making the application) the minimum standard of English is an International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS) certificate, with an overall band score of 6.5 or better in the General or Academic modules. The certificate must be less than two years old.
However, you may not have to take the IELTS test, if you can show us that you:
Everyone else included in the application who is aged 16 and over must also meet a minimum standard of English. We accept the following proof of ability:
In all cases, we may still require an IELTS certificate.
You may be able to claim points for your previous work experience. However, your experience must be relevant. It must be:
We have a range of family categories to help partners, dependent children and parents of New Zealand citizens or residents to come to live in New Zealand.
New Zealand welcomes new migrants - people who will contribute to our country by bringing valuable skills or qualifications, setting up a business, or making a financial investment. These include people applying under the following categories.
We also offer opportunities for family reunification by allowing residents and citizens to sponsor family members for residence.
Disclaimer: Global Gateways, Do not offer consultancy on overseas jobs / work permits / international or domestic placements etc. We are primarily Visa and immigration advisory company that offers consultation on Visa and immigration options. We are not associated with any government authority or department of immigration. We neither assist in any kind of Job / employment offers nor do guarantee any kind of domestic / International placements and visas.