Residence Visa Categories in New Zealand: Your Pathway to a New Life

New Zealand is not just a country of stunning landscapes and welcoming communities; it’s a place of diverse opportunities for those seeking to make it their permanent home. Whether through skilled employment, family connections, or other specific pathways, New Zealand offers a variety of residence visa categories to suit different needs and aspirations. At Sekhris, we specialise in guiding you through these pathways to residency, ensuring a smooth and informed journey towards making New Zealand your permanent home.

Skilled Residence Pathways

Work to Residence (Green List Pathway)

For professionals in Tier 2 Green List roles, this visa acts as your bridge to residency. If you’ve worked for an accredited employer in New Zealand for 24 months, this pathway is designed for you, offering a clear route to permanent residence based on your valuable skills and contribution to the economy.

Straight to Residence Visa (Green List Pathway)

If your occupation falls within Tier 1 of the Green List and you have a job offer from an accredited employer, this direct pathway to residence is tailored for you. This option recognizes the critical impact of your skills on New Zealand’s industries and fast-tracks your journey to becoming a resident.

Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa (Points Based)

Ideal for individuals with a job offer from an accredited employer who score 6 points for their skills and work experience in New Zealand. Start by submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI); if accepted, you’ll be invited to apply for residency under this category, marking a significant step towards your future in New Zealand.

Transport Work to Residence Visa

Specifically designed for those in transport roles, this visa offers residency to those who have worked in New Zealand for an accredited employer for 24 months. It’s a recognition of the essential services provided by transport professionals.

Care Workforce Work to Residence Visa

For those in care workforce roles, having worked for an accredited employer in New Zealand for 24 months, this pathway acknowledges the vital contribution to the healthcare sector, providing a route to permanent residence.

Family Residence - Partners and Dependent Children

Partner of a New Zealander Resident Visa

This visa unites families, offering residency to individuals with a New Zealand citizen or resident partner. It’s a testament to New Zealand’s commitment to bringing loved ones together.

Dependent Child Resident Visa

New Zealand citizens or residents can bring their children to live, study, and work in New Zealand permanently, fostering family unity and offering a promising future for the younger generation.

Pathways to Residency for Parents

Parent Resident Visa

For those with a child in New Zealand willing to sponsor them, this visa offers parents the opportunity to live permanently in New Zealand, enriching family connections.

Parent Retirement Resident Visa

Combining family unity with financial independence, this visa allows parents with a New Zealand citizen or resident child to live in New Zealand permanently, subject to meeting income and investment criteria.

Other Residence Visa Types

Permanent Resident Visa

After holding a resident visa for more than 2 years, this visa is your key to permanent residence in New Zealand, offering the freedom to travel in and out of the country and fully embrace life in this beautiful nation.

Partner With Sekhris

Navigating the path to residency in New Zealand can be complex, but with us, you’re never alone. Our expertise and personalised approach ensure you’re well-informed and confident at every step of your application process. Whether you’re leveraging your skills, uniting with family, or seeking a new beginning in a supportive environment, we’re here to make your dream of living in New Zealand a reality. Partner with us for dedicated support on your journey to becoming a New Zealand resident.

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