for its natural beauty and high standard of living, New Zealand has always
been a popular destination for immigrants. Property prices are still very
affordable and there are first class healthcare and educational opportunities.
New Zealand has an active immigration programme and is looking for quality
There are many different types of visas available covering all different types
Skilled Workers - For permanent residence visas, Skilled Workers in
most cases would need to have gained a formal qualification such as a degree
or trade qualifications confirming completion of an apprenticeship. Equivalent
qualifications and experience can often be taken into account when assessing
an individual’s ability – this is often the case for Tradespersons.
Business Owners and Investors - There are special categories for
Business Owners and Investors. Successful business owners and experienced
executives have the opportunity to apply for special business visas.
Individuals must be able to demonstrate their ability and be able to support
any future opportunities that they wish to develop with funds and quality
Investors need to demonstrate a track record of successful investment and that
they have sufficient funds available for further investment and to live on.
The minimum amount of funds that one must have available is NZ$2,000,000.
Family category - If you have a family member living in New Zealand or
who is a New Zealand citizen, you may be able to be sponsored through the
Family category. The rules are varied and normally only apply to immediate
Those engaged or in a de facto or spouse relationship with a citizen or
permanent resident can also apply to emigrate.
Working Holiday visa - If you are aged between 18 and 30, we can help
you obtain a Working Holiday visa. This allows you to travel and work in New
Zealand for up to 23 months.
For further information on migration to New Zealand, please call us
on (+44) (0) 20 8365 3380 or complete an Online Assessment
form on our website www.commonwealthimmigration.com.
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March 2010 - From 29 March, New Zealand will be offering 2
new retirement visas for entry
These are named - the Temporary Retirement Category and the
Parent Retirement Category (residence).
The Temporary Retirement Category is a special visitor’s
policy designed for those who wish to invest in New Zealand
and stay longer than current Visitor policy allows.
The Parent Retirement Category allows for permanent
residence and follows closely the model of the Australian
Parent visa. Applicants need to make an investment in New
Zealand and show that the balance of your family is in New
Please contact us for more information on either of these
new visa categories.
ZEALAND – GENERAL INFORMATION
October 2009 - The following is an update on routes of entry
for Investors and Skilled Workers.
The recently unveiled New Zealand 'Migrant Investment
Policy' aims to attract financial capital to local firms or
government by providing residence to people under the age of
66 years who wish to make a significant financial
contribution to New Zealand's economy.
The policy is divided into two categories:
Investor Plus - requires a three year investment of NZ$10
Investor - requires an investment NZ$1.5 million for four
years plus assets of NZ$1 million. The requirement for how
long you have to stay in New Zealand and other conditions
vary between these 2 categories but they now present a real
opportunity to many people.
Update on Skilled Workers
The requirement in the New Zealand labour market for the
majority of health professional occupations remains high and
also for Secondary School Teachers. Chefs who are well
qualified with proven experience of leading a team of Cooks,
are also in demand. Many trades’ occupations are currently
in low demand with the exception of Electricians and
Fitter/Turners. If you find an employer who needs your
skills, and you have formal qualifications, then there are
other routes to consider if they have permission to employ
If you are interested in moving to New Zealand then please
complete the Online Assessment form on our website.
We hope that these news have been informative for you. However, remember
everyone's circumstances are different so if you or a friend or family member
want to check your eligibility to emigrate then either