Immigration to New Zealand

New Zealand is considered one of the world’s most sought-after immigration countries. It offers many economic, entrepreneurial, social and occupational possibilities and combines quality of life and personal security which are among the highest in the OECD.

New Zealand is interested in quality human capital, and it is currently at the beginning of an economic transformation, from an economy that is based primarily on goods and services to an economy that is based on information technology and know-how.

Immigration to New Zealand can be made via three main routes:

In recent years, the word “immigration” has synonym words such as mobility or relocation. Immigration is the process in which the life of an individual or family are relocated from one country to another. Immigration has various reasons: economic, political, fulfilling of a dream, family reunification, investment, study, etc..

Immigration to New Zealand is the dream of millions of people worldwide, but only 50 thousand per year are given the right to a resident visa.

New Zealand has a three-year program of accepting immigrants as residents. The program is called NZRP (The New Zealand Residence Program). In this program, three years goals are set for accepting immigrants under the resident category. The three-year plan usually involves approval of around 135000-150000 permanent resident visas, an average of 45-50 thousand resident visas annually.

The New Zealand government encourages the entry of immigrants with preferable professions in various fields on the basis of shortage or on a long-term view of occupations defined with a growth potential (particularly in technology, engineering, medicine, science and arts).

The SMC resident visa type, (Skilled Migrant Category), contributes about 50% of the resident visa quota per year. (The rest are based on family reunification).

Immigration to New Zealand is certainly a shaping family life experience, an experience with infinite potential of personal development, employment and entrepreneurship in any field.

Immigration New Zealand (INZ) is the executive arm of the government on the subject of immigration laws and regulations.

The INZ is part of the government office that deals with economic development, innovation and employment. The immigration authority is responsible for the implementation of the government policy on the subject of immigration.

This government policy favors people who can contribute to the economy and society in New Zealand.

The addition of high-quality workforce to New Zealand’s labor market improves the demographic balance of New Zealand and contributes to productivity and long-term economic growth.

Immigration policies focus mainly on locating, inviting and bringing people with high professional skills (TALENTS) in areas of high future growth potential to the national economy, as well as bringing employees with occupations in which there is a persistent shortage.

The roles of the New Zealand’s immigration authority includes:

  • Decisions regarding various visa applications and checking applicants eligibility and compliance with threshold conditions.
  • Defining the requirements of the occupations in demand according to employers’ requirements specification.
  • Managing the security of sea and air arrivals to New Zealand.
  • Implementation of the government’s refugee quota.
  • Enforcement of compliance with the immigration policy law.

Immigration New Zealand branches are spread in all major cities of New Zealand and in 20 cities around the world.Visa applications are referred to the relevant branches of the immigration authority in accordance with the candidate nationality and by his last state of residence.