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.
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