Student Visas

A student visa is a special endorsement that is added to a passport that Immigration New Zealand issues to students who are enrolled at Qualified Educational Institutions.

Student visas are non-immigrant visas do not require the holder to obtain citizenship. Any prospective student seeking higher education in another country must obtain a student visa for that country in order to enter the borders of that country. Work Visas

Overseas passport holders who do not hold New Zealand residence MUST hold a valid and applicable work visa before they can work in New Zealand. There are a range of work visa policies which can be considered depending on the circumstances and only the main policies are discussed in this section

Visitor Visa

New Zealand offers range of visas that allows you to come to this beautiful country for a holiday, or to visit friends and family. There are some special visas that allow other activities like short term study or some business activities.

Skilled Migrants

Overseas passport holders who do not hold New Zealand residence MUST hold a valid and applicable work visa before they can work in New Zealand. There are a range of work visa policies which can be considered depending on the circumstances and only the main policies are discussed in this section ....

Business Visas and Migrant Investment

New Zealand Business Visa categories have been designed to contribute to economic growth in New Zealand by attracting Business Owners, Investors and Entrepreneurs.

Visa categories can be either for Permanent Residence or Temporary Entry with the option to lead to Residence after several years subject to meeting conditions of policy.

Family Visa

Applicants who have family who are already Permanent Residents or Citizens of New Zealand may be eligible to apply for Residence under one of the following categories.

Appeals

A person who has had a residence visa declined or been issued with a deportation order can appeal to Immigration and Protection Tribunal on the facts and humanitarian grounds.

The Tribunal accepts an appeal against liability for deportation on humanitarian grounds only where it is satisfied that:

  • there are exceptional circumstances of a humanitarian nature that would make it unjust or unduly harsh for the appellant to be deported from New Zealand; and
  • it would not in all the circumstances be contrary to the public interest to allow the appellant to remain in New Zealand.

Citizenship

Obtaining New Zealand Permanent Residence provides a person with the right to remain living indefinitely in New Zealand with access to all the normal work, business, education, property and health privileges available to New Zealanders However, New Zealand Citizenship is required to travel on a New Zealand passport, for employment in some public service or Government positions, in order to purchase particular rural and coastal property or to represent New Zealand at the Olympic Games or other international events.