Migration to New Zealand
Dreaming of migrating to New Zealand?
The New Zealand Government has a range of migration policies including:
Working holiday visa
Are you aged 18-30 and want to give New Zealand a go? Did you know that the working holiday visa is now valid for two years? 1st Contact's migration team can help you apply for a real life changing experience.
General skilled migration
The New Zealand Immigration Service (NZIS) currently operate a skilled migrant category. The scheme is based on an applicant's skill base, and points are accumulated for various factors. All applicants are then entered into a pool, where the NZIS will select as many candidates as are required at that particular time. Under this new scheme it is vital that applicants are aware of the selection criteria and that they explore all possible avenues for obtaining points.
The purpose of this category is to strengthen families and communities while reinforcing the Government's overall immigration objectives. This includes spouse, de facto partner, family quota and parent migration. Applications under partner policy are determined by an applicants 'genuine and stable' relationship with a New Zealand (NZ) citizen or resident. When making applications of this type it is important that the right evidence is produced, in order to make the application process as smooth as possible.
Work visa or permit
The New Zealand work visa aims for NZ employers to have access to global skills and knowledge. The objective is to allow NZ employers to recruit temporary workers from abroad to meet employment shortages which can not be met in NZ whether seasonal or long term. The candidate will need to have arranged employment in NZ and should apply for and obtain a work visa prior to arrival in NZ. The work visa processing time is much quicker than the skilled migration category.
Business visa migration
Depending on your circumstances you could also possibly apply for either an investor or long term business visa for migration to NZ. The investor scheme allows applicants to invest a certain level of money in NZ for a period of two years. It is a points based scheme, that encompasses age, business experience and investment funds to determine your eligibility.
The long term business visa or LTBV is a temporary visa that allows applicants to enter NZ for the purposes of establishing a business. The entry criteria relate to previous business experience, ability, and knowledge and business proposal. If you are interested in applying for an LTBV, speak to 1st Contact today for an initial assessment.
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