WHY CHOOSE NEW ZEALAND
part of Polynesia. New Zealand is a remote land—one of the last sizable territories suitable for habitation to be populated and settled—and lies more than 1,000 miles (1,600 km) southeast of Australia, its nearest neighbour. The country comprises two main islands—the North and South islands—and a number of small islands, some of them hundreds of miles from the main group. The capital city is Wellington and the largest urban area Auckland; both are located on the North Island. New Zealand administers the South Pacific island group of Tokelau and claims a section of the Antarctic continent. Niue and the Cook Islands are self-governing states in free association with New Zealand.
New Zealand is a land of great contrasts and diversity. Active volcanoes, spectacular caves, deep glacier lakes, verdant valleys, dazzling fjords, long sandy beaches, and the spectacular snowcapped peaks of the Southern Alps on the South Island—all contribute to New Zealand’s scenic beauty.
SKILLED MIGRANT CATEGORY
If you have skills, qualifications or experience that New Zealand needs you may be able to apply for a resident visa under the Skilled Migrant Category.
The Skilled Migrant Category is a points system based on factors such as age, work experience, your qualifications, and an offer of skilled employment.
To be eligible:
- You must be under 55 years of age;
- You, or you and your family, must meet all health, character and English ability requirements; and
- You must be able to meet a pass mark of 100 points in the Points System to register an Expression of Interest.
Travel to New Zealand as a visitor must be to:
- Visit as a tourist, see friends and relatives;
- Study (one course of up to 3 months);
- Play sport or perform in cultural events without pay;
- Undertake a business trip; or
- Undertake medical treatment.
You must also:
- Have a passport that's valid for at least 3 months past the date you are to leave New Zealand;
- Be a genuine tourist, and can show evidence of your intention to leave; and
- Provide proof that you have enough money to support yourself during your stay.
To qualify for residence under this policy an applicant must have been living with their partner for 12 months or more in a partnership that is genuine and stable.
For the purposes of this policy 'partnership' means:
- A legal marriage;
- A civil union (whether opposite or same sex); OR
- A de facto relationship (whether opposite or same sex).
As part of the Partner Visa process, you and your partner (married or unmarried) must be able to prove:
- The applicant, or the partner of the New Zealand citizen or resident, meets all applicant eligibility requirements; and
- The sponsoring partner meets all sponsor eligibility requirements.