Resident Visa

New Zealand

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New Zealand Resident Visa

Straight to Residence Visa

  • Live, work and study in New Zealand.
  • Include your partner and dependent children aged 24 and under in your residence application.
  • You must be working for an accredited employer or have a job offer from one.
  • Your role must be on Tier 1 of the Green List and meet the requirements set out in the Green List for your role.
  • Older dependent children under 24 in your application must be single, without children of their own, and only supported financially by you.
  • You can either come to New Zealand on a work visa now and apply for the Straight to Residence Visa, or apply from outside New Zealand.
  • You must include in your application English translations of any supporting documents in other languages.

Work to Residence Visa

To be eligible for this residence visa you must:

  • be employed in a role on Tier 2 of the Green List or hold an offer of employment for one
  • meet the specified requirements on the Green List for the role
  • have worked for 24 months in New Zealand in a Tier 2 Green List role (and met its specified requirements).

Your employer must be accredited when you apply for this visa.

The employment or offer of employment must be full-time (at least 30 hours a week), genuine, and permanent, or be at least a 12-month fixed term contract. 

Acceptable work in New Zealand can be counted towards a Work to Residence Visa while you hold or held:

  • an Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV)
  • another work visa or a Critical Purpose Visitor Visa (with work conditions) and held it or applied for it before 4 July 2022.

Acceptable work in New Zealand can be counted from 29 September 2021.

There can be small breaks in your employment. But you must still show you worked for the required 24 months within the 30 month period before your visa application date. 

You can mix acceptable work criteria, such as working in a role on Tier 2 of the Green List (Work to Residence) and work earning twice the median wage (Highly Paid Residence). 

You can apply for this visa from September 2023.

Highly Paid Residence Visa

To be eligible for this residence visa you must have:

  • employment or an offer of employment in a role that is paid at least twice the median wage, currently NZD $59.32 an hour
  • been working for 24 months in New Zealand in a role that paid at least twice the median wage.

Your employer must also be accredited when you apply for this visa.

Acceptable work in New Zealand can be counted towards a Highly Paid Residence Visa if you hold or held:

  • an Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV)
  • another work visa or a Critical Purpose Visitor Visa (with work conditions) and you held it or applied for it before 4 July 2022.

You can mix acceptable work criteria, such as working in a role on Tier 2 of the Green List (Work to Residence) and also any work earning 2 times the median wage (Highly Paid Residence).

Skilled Migrant Category (SMC)

This visa is for people who have skills that will contribute to New Zealand’s economic growth.

With this visa you can

  • Live, work and study in New Zealand.
  • Include your partner, and dependent children aged 24 and under, in your residence application.

We use a points-based system to assess expressions of interest.

EOI’s are selected on 180 points and above.

We will supply the forms that will require information regarding health, character, age, work experience, family, etc., as well as the factors that earn you points. Once the information has been received from you, your application will be loaded online. When we submit this online application, INZ will charge a fee of NZ$590.00 per family to accept the application into the EOI pool. 

The Expressions of Interest is placed into a pooling system and is ranked based on total points claimed for employability and capacity building factors. Those who have met the minimum points of 180 points, with an offer of employment, will be selected and following some checking, an Invitation to Apply will be issued. The fee for processing is NZ$4290.00 per application if lodged on shore. This fee is only payable on lodgement of the residence application documentation.

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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.

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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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