Welcome to Choose New Zealand’s guide to various visa options available for individuals considering a move to this beautiful country. Whether you’re planning to study, work, or reside in New Zealand, we have outlined the primary visa categories to help you determine the best fit for your needs.

Student Visas

If you’re looking to pursue an education in New Zealand, a student visa is the appropriate option. This visa allows international students to study full-time at a recognized educational institution for the duration of their chosen course. To qualify, applicants must have an offer of acceptance from a registered education provider, evidence of sufficient funds to cover living expenses, and meet health and character requirements.

Work Visas

New Zealand offers various work visa options to cater to different employment scenarios:

  • Essential Skills Work Visa: For individuals with a job offer in an occupation listed on the Essential Skills in Demand List.
  • Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa: For skilled workers who meet the criteria for residency, including having an offer of skilled employment, work experience, and qualifications.
  • Working Holiday Visa: For young travelers aged 18-30, this visa allows for temporary work and travel in New Zealand for up to 12 months (or 23 months for UK citizens).

Family Visas

Family visas enable New Zealand citizens, residents, or visa holders to bring their family members to the country:

  • Partnership Visa: For the partner of a New Zealand citizen or resident, allowing them to live, work, and study in the country.
  • Dependent Child Visa: For children of New Zealand citizens or residents, permitting them to live and study in the country.
  • Parent Resident Visa: For parents of New Zealand citizens or residents, allowing them to live in the country permanently.

Visitor Visas

Visitor visas allow tourists to explore New Zealand for a short period, typically up to nine months in an 18-month timeframe. To be eligible, applicants must demonstrate their intention to visit, have adequate funds for their stay, and meet health and character requirements.

Investment Visas

These visas cater to entrepreneurs and investors seeking opportunities in New Zealand:

  • Active Investor Plus Visa: For experienced investors willing to invest a significant amount in the country for a specific period.


At Choose New Zealand, our Licensed Immigration Advisers are here to guide you through the process of selecting the most suitable visa option based on your unique circumstances. Explore our website for more detailed information on each visa category and consult with our team of experts to ensure a seamless migration journey to New Zealand.

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