New Zealand Emigration

& Visas

Considering Emigrating to New Zealand? We’ll assist you on this incredible journey – We have successfully helped over 10,000 families emigrate with 25 years of experience in the emigration industry.

New Zealand

New Zealand’s migration process for those who wish to live and work in New Zealand involves an assessment of your skills to determine whether or not they are transferable to New Zealand’s job market and skills shortage. These skills include your qualifications and/or work experience. We require your CV to determine these factors before we can start the assessment process.

Your CV should include details of your age, qualification award dates and your full employment history, showing all periods of work.

Once we receive your CV, we will assess your background and provide you with information that reflects the steps you’ll need to take in order to gain the right to live and work in New Zealand and eventually remain indefinitely.

Should you wish to utilize our services as visa application specialists, you will then engage in a formal written agreement with us which will enable us to represent you in your applications to Immigration New Zealand. When you have completed the sign on process, we will then provide you with a step-by-step guide of the documents you require to become visa ready.

You will work with a dedicated file manager who is allocated to assist you in following the steps provided by your licensed adviser.

Let's start your emigration journey in 3 easy steps

Start the process of emigrating to New Zealand by filling in the assessment request form below. Here you can send us your CV to provide us with crucial information such as your age, qualifications, work experience and family details – so that we can send you an accurate full assessment and pathway to residency. Not sure which visa type you want to apply for? See each visa type currently available for New Zealand outlined above the assessment form.

Now that you’ve sent us an assessment request, our licensed adviser, Andrew Kerr, will start the process on your emigration assessment and pathway to residence. This pathway will include all fees involved with your process and tell you exactly which steps are required for you to obtain residency in New Zealand. After submitting your request, you can expect to receive your full assessment and pathway within the next 1-2 business days.

Welcome to Network Migration! It’s time to sign up and start the process of document submission and visa applications. You will be introduced to your file manager, who will be responsible for collecting all documents necessary for visa application & making your emigration journey as smooth and fast as possible.

Let's Get Started

Now that you have an idea of which visa application/s you want to apply for, fill in this form so we can get started on your full assessment! We’ll let you know if you are eligible for emigration and which steps need to be taken to become a resident of New Zealand.

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Visas for New Zealand

Visitor Visa
You can travel to New Zealand as a visitor. Reasons for applying for a visitor visa can vary from holiday to job search purposes. Click below to read more about this visa type.

New Zealand facilitates various visitor visa types and allows various durations of stay in New Zealand, dependent on your needs.

Grandparents or Parents are able to apply for a multiple entry visa which allows them to stay for up to 18 months within a 3 year period, each stay being no longer than 6 months at a time.

Those who need to enter New Zealand to search for employment or to complete occupational registration must declare their intentions to Immigration when making their application.

Certain countries have a visa waiver agreement with New Zealand and if you hold a passport from a visa waiver country, you do not have to apply for a visa before you travel to New Zealand provided you’re in good health and of good character. You need to show you are a genuine visitor, have enough money for your stay and a travel ticket out of New Zealand to a country you have the right to enter.

Work Visa
There are many different New Zealand work visas available for application. Click below to read more about this visa type.

Essential Skills Work visa

If you’ve been offered a full-time job, and you have the necessary qualifications and experience to work in that job, you can apply for a temporary visa to work in New Zealand.

Your employer must have checked if any New Zealanders were available to do the work, before offering you the job. This means they need to have advertised the position on paid, public platforms and taken extensive recruitment measures to ensure no New Zealand citizens or resident visa holders are available to fill the role.

 If you’re granted this visa, you may be able to support visa applications for your partner and dependent children of you will be earning the required remuneration package. Your remuneration package and skill level of the occupation will determine the length of your visa – 3 or 5 years.


Talent (Accredited Employer) Work Visa

This visa is for people who are looking for a pathway to live in New Zealand and who have a skill that’s needed by a New Zealand accredited employer. If an accredited employer offers you full-time work and your remuneration meets the visa requirements ($79560 per annum which is $38.25 per hour), you’ll be able to get a visa to work in New Zealand.

If you continue to work for that employer for 2 years and maintain the required remuneration, you’ll be able to apply to live in New Zealand indefinitely.


Long Term Skill Shortage List Work Visa

This visa offers a pathway to New Zealand residence. If you have an offer of employment in an occupation on New Zealand’s Long Term Skill Shortage List and you have the specified work experience, qualifications and occupational registration as indicated in the list, you may be eligible to apply for this work visa.

You will be required to take steps in advance, before applying for the visa, to show evidence that you meet the criteria indicated on the list, exactly as it is stipulated by INZ.

If you continue working in that occupation in New Zealand for 2 years, you can apply for residence.


Partner of a Worker Work Visa

This visa will allow you to work in New Zealand while your partner’s in New Zealand on a work visa. Partners are required to prove to Immigration New Zealand that you have lived together, in a genuine and stable relationship for 12 months or more.

Your visa will be valid for the same period as your partner’s work visa.

Student Visa
New Zealand has different student visas available for both dependent and independent students. Click below to read more about this visa type.

Dependent Child Student Visa

Dependent children, aged 5-18 years, of certain kinds of work and student visa holders can apply for a student visa to allow them to go school while their parents work or study in New Zealand. The children can be treated as a domestic student, which means they don’t have to pay tuition fees to go to a primary or secondary school. Their visa will be valid for the same period as the principal parent’s work visa.

The principal parent supporting the application must earn at least NZ$43,322.76 gross per annum.


Child of a Worker Visitor Visa

If you have a work visa, your dependent children who are 19 and under can join you in New Zealand. Children who are aged 19-24 years will be allowed to remain in New Zealand for a period of 9 months as a visitor. Children who are too young to attend primary school will be considered visitors and their visa will be valid for the same period as the principal parent’s work visa.

The principal parent supporting the application must earn at least NZ$43,322.76 gross per annum.


Fee Paying Student Visa

If you’re from overseas, you can apply for a visa to study full-time in New Zealand. You’ll need to pay the full cost of your courses and enrol with an approved education provider before you can apply for the visa.

You will need to have sufficient funds for the tuition fees, daily living expenses, accommodation and a return ticket to your home country.

Your visa will be valid for the period of your course, provided you have paid for the full study period in advance.

Resident Visa
New Zealand offers many different paths to residency. Want to know how to apply for your New Zealand residence? Click below to read more about this visa type.

Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa

Those who hold a valid work visa and meet the minimum 160 points requirements are invited to apply if they have the skills to contribute to New Zealand’s economic growth to apply for this visa.

Before you are invited to apply, INZ first needs an Expression of Interest (EOI) application which tells them about your employment in New Zealand, overseas work experience, and qualifications.

Before submitting an EOI, you may need to take steps to have your qualification assessed by NZQA if you are claiming qualification points. Any applicants aged 16 or older will need to provide evidence of meeting English language requirements.

If your Expression of Interest is successful New Zealand will offer you the opportunity to apply to live and work in New Zealand indefinitely. From the date of the invitation, you will have 4 months to provide INZ with your documentary evidence to prove the claims made in the EOI.

Once INZ receives the final application, you will be placed in a queue for processing and timing of being granted the residence visa can be quite lengthy. You must ensure you hold a valid visa throughout this process.

Once a positive outcome is received you will then be issued an e-visa for your residence which will allow you to live in New Zealand indefinitely. However you will be subject to 2 year travel conditions. Permanent Residence is applied for after 2 years of holding Residence.


Talent (Accredited Employer) Resident Visa

This visa is for people who have been employed in New Zealand by an accredited employer for more than 2 years. If you have ongoing employment with an accredited employer and you earn at least the minimum salary that was in place when you applied for your Talent (Accredited Employer) Work Visa, you may be eligible for this resident visa. 

Your partner and children (aged 16 years and older) will need to provide evidence of meeting English language requirements.

Once a positive outcome is received you will then be issued an e-visa for your residence which will allow you to live in New Zealand indefinitely. However you will be subject to 2 year travel conditions. Permanent Residence is applied for after 2 years of holding Residence.


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.

Your partner and children (aged 16 years and older) will need to provide evidence of meeting English language requirements.

Once a positive outcome is received you will then be issued an e-visa for your residence which will allow you to live in New Zealand indefinitely. However you will be subject to 2 year travel conditions. Permanent Residence is applied for after 2 years of holding Residence.


Permanent Resident Visa

If you’ve been a Resident Visa holder for 2 years or more, and can show a commitment to living in New Zealand you can apply for a Permanent Resident Visa. Once granted, you can live and work in New Zealand permanently and come and go from New Zealand without travel conditions.

Investor Visa
To qualify for residence in New Zealand through investment you must be assessed under the New Zealand Migrant Investment Policy, which includes two Investor categories: Investor 1 (minimum investment NZ$10 million for at least three years) and Investor 2 (minimum investment NZ$3 million for at least four years).

What makes an investment acceptable?

if your application for an investor visa is approved by INZ, you have 12 months to transfer your funds to New Zealand and invest in an acceptable investment.

Acceptable investments must:

  • be able to make a commercial return
  • be invested in New Zealand
  • be invested in New Zealand dollars
  • be invested in legal enterprises or managed funds
  • have the potential to contribute to New Zealand’s economy
  • not be for your personal use, for example, your home, boat or car.

Investments must be in bonds, equities, property or other investments.

Bonds can be:

  • issued by the New Zealand Government or local authorities
  • issued by New Zealand firms traded on the New Zealand Debt Securities Market (NZDX)
  • issued by New Zealand firms with at least a BBB- or equivalent rating from an internationally recognised credit rating agency, for example, Standard and Poor’s
  • issued by New Zealand registered banks
  • in finance companies.

Equity can be:

  • in New Zealand firms — these can be public or private
  • in New Zealand registered banks
  • eligible New Zealand venture capital funds
  • eligible New Zealand private equity funds.

Property can be:

  • residential property development
  • commercial property.

Other investments can be:

  • philanthropic investment
  • angel funds or networks’ investments.


Who can make an acceptable investment?

You can make acceptable investments under:

  • your name, as the principal applicant, or
  • a joint account, for example a husband and wife, as long as both investors are included in the residence application.

Current Visa Processing Times

Temporary visa processing times vary, depending on the visa type you have applied for and the immigration office your application is allocated to. Immigration New Zealand regularly updates their processing times and the maximum advised time should always be taken into consideration when planning your move and any future applications.

The up to date processing times can be found here:

Here's what our clients have to say

van Zyl Family
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Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh! Thank you so much for everything you have done for our family. We are forever grateful for you and your team helping us make this such a smooth process. Thank you thank you thank you! We look forward to using your services for when we need to apply for permanent residency.
Leanne McDougall
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Absolutely brilliant.... if it wasn't for Network Migration team Andrew and Steven.. We would never be where we are, we weren't a straight forward application !!.. Thank you, Guys!! I recommend your services
M. Migos
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Andrew and the team at Network Migration are fantastic. They are extremely knowledgeable and honest and they find the best option for you based on your circumstances. They always get back to my emails no matter if I've asked the same question multiple times. After-Sales care is second to none. Even after making the move I can always rely on the team to answer any questions I have. They made my dream of moving abroad come true and I can't thank them enough. I highly recommend using Network Migration.
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Andrew and his team is exceptional in their work, they carried and coached us throughout the whole process, preparing us for what is to come and how to handle the process. I can only thank Network Migration in the way they treated us. All our worries, questions and concerns were dealt with in our time frames and with the utmost respect. I will refer Network Migration to anyone who is serious about emigrating. We utilized their service through word of mouth after potentially losing the opportunity to emigrate due to utilizing another company who was all but professional. Andrew and his team saved the day in our hour of need with their professional support, guidance and help with communication.
R. Eichorn
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Andrew and his staff gave me 5 star service with regards to getting me my visa to Australia I highly recommend them.
Kent Fisher
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Peter, thank you so much for seeing me on such short notice, I feel a lot better now knowing more information regarding our residency!
Vivien McAvoy
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Peter, thank you for what you do in making the immigration process a little less daunting.
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I would just like to commend the service and good advice we received from Steven today. He was very thorough and we have a much better idea of all the documents required. Thank you so much!
Wellington & Faith
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If it wasn't for you two I was not going to get this visa. Too many things were complex and your guidance was invaluable. THANK YOU so so much! You served me with grace and I appreciate that about you. You took so much pressure from NZ but did not lose your professionalism one bit. Andrew, your experience and guidance got us through. There were many instances you used that experience to give me the wisdom to move forward when I had almost given up and needed a brother figure.
Fox Family
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I want to say that there is so much stress, money spent and pressure to reach our goal, and that’s why we put our trust in the hands of Andrew and his team. Leandi was efficient and amazing to work with. We appreciated that they were "upfront" with us, dealing with all the paperwork, their quick email response times and phone calls when they knew we needed answers.
Avi Rabinowitz
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It wasn't until I started this process did I fully understand what I was getting myself into. Thank you Network Migration for your amazing support and efficiency in ensuring that I was up to speed each step of the way! I lived in a different city at the time and although our communication was purely online, I can proudly say that with your help, I was able to complete the process without any glitches and successfully obtained a visa within a very short space of time.
Elton Petersen
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Thank you so much for all your hard work and effort you guys put in to reach this point. Thank you for your patience and guidance, this would not be possible without you guys. I will recommend your company any time, day or place.
Tibi Beck
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Once again Network Migration show that you are the best migration company to deal with, I have been under immense stress waiting for my new work visa and you guys made it happen, thank you. I look forward to doing my residency with your company.
Kirsty Lovell
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My family and I have been working closely with Andrew and Nesreen over the past year to get our New Zealand visas. They have been an amazing team to work with and their service is beyond compare. They maintain a high level of professionalism, keep you updated every step of the way and are always willing to help. I can't thank them enough for all the hard work they have put in to make our dream a reality.
Conli, Francois & Lucy
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I just want to thank you for all your assistance and patience with us during the process, you have been a delight to work with and we will definitely recommend you to anyone we hear that is interested in following the same journey.
Leon & Cecille Coetzee
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Andrew and his team - and our managing case officer Steven Stols in particular - stuck the difficulties and challenges with which were presented during the whole process, out with us; and through it all, never once left us feeling unsure or as if anything was ever asking too much ... but instead confronted the relatable with us, until every last thing was sorted and finalized. My wife and I now proudly join the ranks of the literally thousands of other clients who have previously enlisted the services of Network Migration Services to successfully facilitate and manage the Emigration process on our behalf, and we are truly grateful for everything they had done for us, as people, and not just as clients with a file number.
Jonathon Damans
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Hi Leandi, Anastasia and Andrew, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for everything and for helping us successfully attain our visa's. You and your entire teams tireless efforts has not gone unnoticed, I already have given glowing references of The Network Team to interested parties who have inquired about how I went about applying and will continue to do so.
Colette Benjamin
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Andrew and Lana, A year ago today we (finally) boarded our flight from Jhb to Christchurch to start our new lives in New Zealand. Migrating is a stressful and emotional rolercoaster process and ours was compounded by the additional complications we experienced. Throughout our tears and frustrations, you were always professional and courteous and most importantly YOU GOT THE JOB DONE! With our Residency visas in our passports we can now breathe a sigh of relief and say THANK YOU for all you did for us.

Get in touch with us

Eager to start the process but unsure of where to start? We’d love to hear from you and answer any questions you might have. Contact any one of our three offices (Johannesburg, Ballito or Auckland, NZ)

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