Immigration to New Zealand has long been a route to a better life for individuals and families worldwide. 

Today New Zealand’s population comprises people born in the UK, China, India, South Africa, the Philippines, Australia, the United States, the Netherlands, Germany, and Canada, to name a few countries. 

It’s no surprise that so many migrants choose New Zealand. It consistently ranks as one of the best countries to live in the world. 

That’s thanks to New Zealand being family-friendly and safe, offering a high quality of life, outstanding work-life balance, excellent employment opportunities, and having world-class education and health systems.

Please book a consultation call with our licensed advisor to discuss immigration to New Zealand.


New Zealand has various visas that provide temporary and permanent residence. 

There are also visas for visitors who want to come to New Zealand for a short time, such as tourists and business travellers. 

Intergate Emigration assists with the following visas:

Work visas offer skilled workers and overseas workers with job offers from accredited employers the opportunity to live and work in New Zealand.

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The Active Investor Plus Visa is for migrants with at least NZD15 million to invest in New Zealand. Visa holders can apply for PR after four years. 

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Partner visas are for the spouses and partners of New Zealanders, eligible work visa holders, and student visa holders.

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Family visas are for the parents and children of New Zealanders and eligible work and student visa holders.

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Student Visas are for tertiary students who want to study in New Zealand. Partners and children of student visa holders also have visas available to them to join the student in New Zealand.

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Visitor Visas are for tourism, visiting friends and family, business visits, and for relatives of eligible work and student visa holders. 

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Let's take a closer look at immigration to New Zealand:


New Zealand’s immigration requirements are visa-specific. 

For example, to apply for a Skilled Migrant Visa, applicants must be under 55 and have an offer of skilled employment, or to apply for a Partner Visa, the applicant must be legally married to, or in a civil union or de facto relationship with a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident or eligible visa holders. 

However, some requirements are universal. For example, all visa applicants must meet New Zealand's health and character requirements. 

Please see our website for each visa’s requirements or book a consultation call with our licensed advisor to discuss the criteria for immigration.


While the immigration application process is visa-specific, migrants can expect the following:

  • Eligibility assessment: It is advisable to start with an eligibility assessment. Eligibility assessments determine if a candidate meets New Zealand's basic immigration requirements and shows what visas the person might qualify to apply for.
  • Gathering documents: Once it has been confirmed that the candidate qualifies for a visa, it’s time to gather the necessary documents for the application. These include, for example, police clearance certificates, identity documents, marriage certificates, acceptance letters from tertiary institutions, etc.
  • Visa-specific requirements: The visa applicant will also, if required, complete an English language and skills assessment and do occupational registrations. Some visa applicants also have to submit an Expression of Interest to indicate their interest in applying for a visa. If the applicant’s Expression of Interest is selected, they’ll receive an Invitation to Apply.
  • Submitting visa application: With the required documents and all other necessary processes completed, it’s time to submit the visa application.


New Zealand actively recruits from overseas in sectors with critical skill shortages. It is thus possible for immigrants to get jobs in New Zealand. Migrants should start by determining if they qualify for a work visa, as it’ll simplify their job hunt. Employers are more likely to offer jobs to migrants if they know the person can work in New Zealand.

Migrants have to be under the age of 55 to apply for a Skilled Migrant Visa. The Accredited Employer Work Visa and Active Investor Plus Visa do not have any age limits.

Retirees can immigrate to New Zealand. The Contributory Aged Parent Visa (Subclass 864) and the Contributory Parent Visa (Subclass 143) are two examples of visas open to retirement-age individuals. 

There is no ‘easiest way’ to immigrate to New Zealand. A migrant’s ability to immigrate will depend purely on whether or not they meet New Zealand’s immigration requirements. 

Public healthcare in New Zealand is free or subsidised for New Zealand citizens and permanent residents. Hospital and specialist care are covered if the patient is referred by a GP (General Practitioner). 

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