New Zealand Visas

There are four main categories of New Zealand visa: working, residence, student and travel; with different sub-groups within each category. At Brighter Candidates, we have many years' experience handling New Zealand immigration, so we can advise on the right type of visa to meet your needs.

Working in New Zealand

There are different visa types available for those considering a move to New Zealand for employment purposes. Among these are temporary work visas, work to residence visas, and working holiday visas. A New Zealand work visa is easier to obtain for those with specialist skills, or outstanding talent in their field – particularly in relation to the arts, culture or sport – and is valid for a period of between nine months and three years. If you intend to stay less than 12 months – or up to 23 months for some nationalities – a working holiday visa for New Zealand can be obtained for many positions, including professional jobs.

Moving to New Zealand on a permanent basis

Permanent residence is available for those who have successfully applied for a work to residence visa, have invested a certain amount in the country, or set up their own successful business. Once qualifying eligibility criteria have been met, resident status is not granted automatically, and a fresh visa application must be submitted to apply for residency. 

Studying in New Zealand

Study visas are granted to students awarded a place in an academic institution, once acceptance is confirmed and all, or at least part, of the tuition fees have been paid. A student visa can be issued for a maximum of four years and offers a great opportunity to study at one of New Zealand’s outstanding academic institutions.

Just Visiting

Tourism is New Zealand’s finest export, and the country welcomes more than two and a half million visitors annually. If you would like to experience this beautiful country on a temporary visit, then a travel visa would be perfect for your needs. Temporary visas can only be issued for tourism and are not a means of acquiring resident status. The permitted visa duration is determined by your country of residence and, in some cases, your visit may not even require a visa.

From holidaymaker to resident through Brighter Candidates

Many clients keep returning for new visas because they fall in love with a country and can’t bear to leave. Of course, we’re happy to help, especially when this means we can assist in completely changing someone’s life for the better.

'From the first time I touched down in New Zealand, I could feel something special about the place, and thought that I may never leave... I knew I had to call Brighter Candidates again to see whether I could stay any longer... The guys at Brighter Candidates made my case so easy to handle... Sometimes you just have to trust your gut feeling and I’m glad to say that this time I was right.'

“I first got in contact with Brighter Candidates to arrange my working holiday in New Zealand. I wanted to gain some work experience and spend my time travelling around the country. From the first time I touched down in NZ, I could feel something special about the place and thought that I may never leave. I had never seen anywhere as beautiful before and I was worried that six months simply wouldn’t be enough for me. As time went on, the feeling didn’t go away and I was loving every second of my job and new life in the country. After just a few months there, Luckily, they were able to arrange a longer term visa for me which would eventually lead to residency. Had I been left to organise everything myself, I’m not sure I could have done it- or worse, it could have been rejected. The guys at Brighter Candidates made my case so easy to handle and their staff were always ready to talk to me whenever I had any questions. Sometimes you just have to trust your gut feeling and I’m glad to say that this time I was right.”

February 12, 2015

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Since 1996 we have protected peoples rights and won Immigration cases, securing visas for our clients world wide. We believe we are now the largest and most successful Immigration and visa firm in the world. Servicing both individuals and business needs. We hope you find our site full of helpful advice from our Immigration and visa experts. Brighter Visas employs qualified solicitors, accredited immigration consultants and ex-immigration officers to help our clients win their case, guaranteeing our rate of success continues to be excellent with the highest levels of service.

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My experience with Brighter Visas has been wonderful so far. From the day of my assessment to the day of my application to the day of searching for employment, everything has been very smooth. My consultant, Mr. Luke, has been very helpful and accommodating with all my inquiries and needs. He's always available whenever I have questions or when I'm in need of his assistance. He calls me from time-to-time to update me of my case and assures me that everything is going well, which is why I never worry of my application because I'm confident that I am in good hands and in a good team. Brighter Visas also sends e-news letters, which give me more options and knowledge of the employment in my desired country.

I have already recommended Brighter Visas to my friends and would recommend it to my colleagues.

Thank You, Brighter Visas!


The whole experience of using Brighter Visas was very professional and dealt with extremely efficiently, from initial enquiries with Chetan to structuring the application and final outcome with Simin.

I would recommend Brighter to anyone looking to immigrate and in need of an agent.

Many thanks for a pleasant service and great outcome.


The immigration consultant was very knowlegeable and provided me with a regular update on my case. I never imagined it was for real until i got an email that my green card has been approved. At this point, i am more than willingly to recommend Brighter Visas to friends and family members since they truly are the best in rendering professisonal immigration services to people world over.


It is difficult to explain how good it felt when my visa was approved.  Years of dreaming about living overseas out of the smoke.  Then applying to make the move before I got too old with my whole family was so stressful and exciting but also I was very anxious.  I just want to say thanks to the whole team for my visa but most of all for giving me months of free therapy when I needed a little reassurance I was doing the right thing.  

I love my new life and my kids are doing so well in School it is just amazing.