Migration to New Zealand began with Polynesian settlement in New Zealand, then uninhabited, about 1250 to 1280. European migration provided a major influx following the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840. Subsequent immigration has been chiefly from the British Isles, but also from continental Europe, the Pacific, America and Asia

Resident visas

Resident visas generally allow you to live and work in New Zealand indefinitely and access most publicly funded services. You must be aged 55 or under to apply for these resident visas

The resident visa options are:

The Skilled Migrant Category

The Skilled Migrant Category: The Skilled Migrant Category is points system based on factors such as age, work experience, your qualifications, and an offer of skilled employment. You must be aged 55 or under, and meet English language, health, and character requirements.

Residence from Work visa

This is a great way to move from a temporary work visa to a residence visa. To be eligible for residence status you must

  • Have been in New Zealand on a Work to Residence visa for 2 years, and
  • Meet health and character requirements, and meet the requirements of one of the 2 ‘pathways’ to residence.

Accredited employer work visa

According to an announcement by the government in May 2022, employers won’t need to provide as much information, can use their own recruitment processes to prove no New Zealanders are available for work, and Immigration New Zealand will endeavour to have these visas processed within 30 days once an employer is accredited.

Long-term skill shortage list resident visa

This visa is for people who hold a long-term skill shortage list work visa and have been employed in New Zealand for more than 2 years. If you have ongoing employment and your salary is NZ$45,000 or greater, you may be eligible for this resident visa.

You may have a pathway to residence if you hold either a talent (accredited employer) work visa or a long-term skill shortage list work visa.

Regional skill shortage list

The regional skill shortage list (RSSL) includes occupations where skilled workers are required in particular regions of New Zealand, and indicates that there are no New Zealand citizens or residents available to take up the position. This enables faster processing of the application.

Different regions have different shortage list; check the detailed information on: http://skillshortages.immigration.govt.nz