You will need to meet specific requirements for your occupation, skills, qualification, health, and character. The main residence categories are:
The Skilled Migrant Category (SMC) applies to applicants who are:
Immigration New Zealand uses a ‘points system’ to assess an applicant’s eligibility to be invited to apply for residence. Points are awarded for your age, work experience, employability, and qualifications. Before applying for Residence under the Skilled Migrant Category, you are required to complete an application for an ‘Expression of Interest’ (EOI). There is a selection process involved which takes place fortnightly. If your EOI is successful, you will then be ‘Invited to Apply for Residence’.
Working temporarily in New Zealand can be used as a stepping stone to gaining residence and living here permanently. If you possess exceptional skills, talents, work experience and qualifications that are needed by New Zealand employers you can apply to work under the Work to Residence category.
You must meet the following standard requirements for a Work to Residence Visa:
If you are granted a work visa you must meet specific conditions during your stay:
In addition to the (above) standard requirements you must also meet the specific requirements of the category under which are you are applying for a Work to Residence visa. The type of category that you apply under will depend on your occupation and individual circumstances.
If your occupation is on the Long Term Skills Shortage List (LTSSL) you may be eligible to apply under the Long Term Skill Shortage List Work category. The LTSSL is a list of skills and occupations that New Zealand needs and for which there is an on-going demand.
If your occupation is not on the LTSSL and you have a job offer from a New Zealand employer, you may be eligible to apply under the ‘Talent (Accredited Employers) Work category. An ‘Accredited Employer’ is a New Zealand employer/company/organisation that is accredited to recruit staff from overseas - there are specific requirements that employers must meet.
If you have a recognised talent/ability in the arts, culture or sports and your time in New Zealand will enhance the country’s reputation, you may be eligible for the ‘Our Talent (Arts, Culture and Sports) Work category’. You will need to meet specific requirements for this category.
The Entrepreneur Category, and the Entrepreneur Plus Category are pathways to residence for migrants who have set up businesses in New Zealand, and who can demonstrate that they have been actively participating in their business and contributing significantly to New Zealand’s economic development.
This category is designed for migrants who have successfully established or purchased a business in New Zealand, and have been ‘self-employed’ in that business for a minimum of two years, and that business has benefited New Zealand significantly. The first step to residence under this category is to obtain an Entrepreneur Work Visa.
This category differs from the Entrepreneur Category – as it provides a faster track to residence. Applicants who apply under the Entrepreneur Plus Category are not required to operate a business for a minimum period of time before applying for residence. To be eligible to apply under the Entrepreneur Plus Category, you will need to meet the following requirements:
If you are an investor you may be eligible to gain residence in New Zealand under the Migrant Investment categories. There are two categories:
There is no age limit for applicants, and you are not required to possess business experience, settlements funds, or English language ability under the Investor plus (Investor 1 Category).
You will be required to:
To be eligible to apply under the Investor (Investor 2 Category) you will need to meet the following requirements:
How can we help you?
At Silver Fern Immigration we only submit residence applications that meet immigration policy and criteria and have a good likelihood of success. When you come to us for an assessment of your eligibility for residence, we will provide you with accurate, honest, and sound immigration advice.
If you are living outside New Zealand
To assess your eligibility for residence please complete our free assessment to give us a clear picture of where you are at in your immigration process. Once we have received your assessment, we will provide you with a comprehensive assessment of the options available to you and/or your family. You may choose to communicate entirely by email, and/or telephone. We can also arrange a ‘Skype meeting’ at your convenience.
If you are living in New Zealand
You may choose to complete our free assessment online, alternatively you can arrange an free initial consultation at our office in Howick with one of our immigration advisers. To book an initial consultation with one of our advisers please contact us today.
At Silver Fern Immigration we take our role as your immigration advisers seriously. We will be with you every step of the way, from the start of your immigration process until you have achieved your ultimate objective in New Zealand (i.e. Residence).
Throughout your application process we:
Contact us today to arrange a free initial consultation to discuss how we can help you in your residence application.