New Zealand

New Zealand

Life in New Zealand

Living in New Zealand means immersing in the friendly Kiwi and Māori ways, the efficient and dynamic working culture, and the country’s appreciation for nature. Famous the world over for its stunning scenery and laid back lifestyle, New Zealand is a multicultural nation, with a population of around 4.75 million people.
New Zealanders are friendly, easygoing people from a range of different background and cultures.
With a land-mass the size of the UK or Japan, and only a fraction of the population, New Zealand has much less pressure on space and natural resources.

The Benefits of Living in New Zealand

Amazing Weather All Year

New Zealand benefits from a temperate and mild climate all year, meaning that there are more days of sunshine than rain. During the winter months, the North Island stays warm and sunny while the South Island can be covered in snow. Nature lovers will enjoy the endless outdoor activities the country has to offer, regardless of the season.

Untouched Nature

There are still so many untouched and rugged places, even just a few kilometers outside of big cities. You will feel like an explorer setting foot there for the first time. For a small country, New Zealand has one of the most diverse landscapes in the world. You will find untouched beaches, rainforests, deserts, fjords, glaciers, and mountains.

A Quiet Life with Excellent Work-Life Balance

Life in New Zealand is quiet and relaxed. Big cities are not overcrowded and the fact that there are not many people you might cross paths with on your daily walk is not the main reason life is quiet and laidback. A healthy balance between work and play is encouraged and working overtime is a rarity in New Zealand. As a less achievement-oriented society, they see everyone as equal regardless of their type of profession or wealth.

Friendly and Welcoming People

Kiwis are generally friendly people, with a laidback and positive attitude towards life. Compared to European countries, New Zealand is still a young country. They are open-minded, friendly and welcoming of other nationalities and cultures.

Permanent Residency and Citizenship

According to New Zealand’s laws, there is very little difference between being a permanent resident and having citizenship. Permanent residents can vote, leave and re-enter the country at any time, and have access to state-subsidized healthcare and education.

Work Opportunities

Due to the fast-growing economy and the low population density, the economic market is experiencing a shortage of skilled workers in many fields, such as IT, finance, healthcare, and tourism. To fill these positions, New Zealand has relaxed its immigration rules and welcomes workers, entrepreneurs, and innovative businesses.

Accessible Healthcare

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Top-Notch Education

The public education system in New Zealand is known for being one of the best worldwide. It is also free-of-charge, except for uniforms, books, and meals. Some schools also require individual annual donation fees.

Low Crime Rate

Acknowledged as one of the safest countries for expats, the crime rate in New Zealand is extremely low compared to elsewhere in the world. New Zealand even ranked second in both the 2019 Global Peace Index and in the 2018 Corruption Perceptions Index. Political scandals are minor compared to other countries.

The type of visa you need for New Zealand depends on your plans:

If you want to live in New Zealand long term you will need a Resident Visa. For short term stays a Temporary Visa will be sufficient.

Applying for a Resident Visa for NZ

The most common policy is the Skilled Migrant Category policy. This pathway is right for you if you are planning to live and work in New Zealand. You will need a sound professional background and be able to find a job in New Zealand. The Skilled Migrant Category is the most popular visa pathway to residence in New Zealand for migrants and their families.
A resident visa under the Skilled Migrant Category will allow you to live, work and study in New Zealand indefinitely, and it can include your partner and your dependent children aged 24 and under.

This visa policy is based on a points system that factors in multiple elements considered to be employability and settlement indicators.

Applicants submit an online Expression of Interest to start the process of becoming a New Zealand resident.

A job offer is usually required to meet the points threshold and to proceed to the next step of the visa application process, the actual Resident Visa Application.

Our Fusion Service will provide you with the support you will need to successfully complete this process.

Visa programs available for Investors and Entrepreneurs:

There are a number of options that might be attractive for you, but the visa application process under the Business and Investor policies is highly intricate.

You need expert advice to get it right. For migrants wanting to invest their funds or run their own business in New Zealand, the environment is quite favourable as the objective of New Zealand’s Investment Migration Policies is to attract capital to the economy.
While Entrepreneur Work and Entrepreneur Residence Visas also require considerable investments, they are primarily based on establishing and running a business in New Zealand and are covered by a separate visa policy.

Global Impact Visa

Path to residence for talented innovative entrepreneurs, investors and start-up teams who have the drive and capabilities to create and support innovation-based ventures in New Zealand.

Visas to study

You’ll need a student visa if you’re planning to study here full time and the course is for longer than three months.
Student visa requirements include:

  • An offer of place from an educational institution approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority
  • A written guarantee from an institution or person that suitable accommodation is available to you in New Zealand (if you’re under 18 years)
  • Evidence of sufficient funds to live on while you are studying
  • A return air ticket to your country, or evidence of sufficient funds to buy one.

Post-Study Work Visa

If you’d like to work here after gaining your qualification to get some experience, you need to know about our requirements to work after study. It’s good to have these in mind when deciding what course to enrol in so you gain a qualification that’s needed and valued by New Zealand employers. If you completed a qualification in New Zealand, you may be eligible for a visa allowing you to work for 1-3 years, depending on the qualification.

Visitor Visas

Citizens from some countries (so-called visa waiver countries) do not need to apply for a visitor visa before their arrival. As a holder of a visitor visa, you are not allowed to work in New Zealand.

Visitors to New Zealand are limited to a maximum stay on a visitor visa of nine months and may apply for a further three-month visa, allowing a maximum stay of 12 months.

They may stay in New Zealand for a total of no more than nine months in the 18-month period before the proposed expiry date of the visa.

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