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Holiday/Tourism

Coming for a holiday or to visit friends? You may be able to choose from a range of visitor visa options, including a Visitor visa, or an Electronic Travel Authority.

Holiday/Tourism

Coming for a holiday or to visit friends? You may be able to choose from a range of visitor visa options, including a Visitor visa, or an Electronic Travel Authority.
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In-demand Skilled Occupations

If you have skills and expeience in an occupation on one of the relevant skilled occupations list, you may be eligible for one of many permanent skilled visas. Some visas require employer or State/Territory government sponsorship, while others can be applied for independently.

In-demand Skilled Occupations

If you have skills and expeience in an occupation on one of the relevant skilled occupations list, you may be eligible for one of many permanent skilled visas. Some visas require employer or State/Territory government sponsorship, while others can be applied for independently.
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Business Owners, Investors and Entrepreneurs

Do you want to run a business, invest your money or apply your entrepreneurial skills in New Zealand? There are a range of permanent skilled and business visas which might be for you.

Business Owners, Investors and Entrepreneurs

Do you want to run a business, invest your money or apply your entrepreneurial skills in New Zealand? There are a range of permanent skilled and business visas which might be for you.
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Business

Coming to New Zealand for business? You may be able to choose from a range of visitor visa options, including a Business Visitor visa.

Business

Coming to New Zealand for business? You may be able to choose from a range of visitor visa options, including a Business Visitor visa.
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Visit Family

Coming to visit family? Eligible relatives may be able to sponsor your Visitor Visa.

Visit Family

Coming to visit family? Eligible relatives may be able to sponsor your Visitor Visa.
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Tertiary or Vocational Studies

If you wish to study full time in a New Zealand tertiary or vocational training institution, a Student Visa may be for you.

Tertiary or Vocational Studies

If you wish to study full time in a New Zealand tertiary or vocational training institution, a Student Visa may be for you.
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Training

Are you going to be completing workplace-based training or professional development? A Training Visa may be for you.

Training

Are you going to be completing workplace-based training or professional development? A Training Visa may be for you.
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School Studies

If you wish to study full time in a New Zealand school, a Student Visa may be for you.

School Studies

If you wish to study full time in a New Zealand school, a Student Visa may be for you.
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Student Guardian

If you wish to study full time in a New Zealand school, a Student Visa may be for you.

Student Guardian

If you wish to study full time in a New Zealand school, a Student Visa may be for you.
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School Studies

If you wish to study full time in a New Zealand school, a Student Visa may be for you.

School Studies

If you wish to study full time in a New Zealand school, a Student Visa may be for you.
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Working Holiday

If you're under 31 (35 for some countries) years of age and hold a certain passport, you may be eligible for a Working Holiday Visa.

Working Holiday

If you're under 31 (35 for some countries) years of age and hold a certain passport, you may be eligible for a Working Holiday Visa.
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Sporting Event

Are you going to compete in an international sporting event in New Zealand. A Sports Events Visitor Visa may be for you.

Sporting Event

Are you going to compete in an international sporting event in New Zealand. A Sports Events Visitor Visa may be for you.
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Short-term, Highly Specialised Work

If you wish to study full time in a New Zealand school, a Student Visa may be for you.

Short-term, Highly Specialised Work

If you wish to study full time in a New Zealand school, a Student Visa may be for you.
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Ongoing Skilled Work in an In-demand Occupation

If you have skills and experience in an occupation on one of the relevant skilled occupations list, you may be eligible for a range of temporary and permanent skilled visas.

Ongoing Skilled Work in an In-demand Occupation

If you have skills and experience in an occupation on one of the relevant skilled occupations list, you may be eligible for a range of temporary and permanent skilled visas.
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Special Activities

Are you going to undertake a tertiary research project or conduct other short-term specialised work activities? A Specific Purpose Work Visa may be for you.

Special Activities

Are you going to undertake a tertiary research project or conduct other short-term specialised work activities? A Specific Purpose Work Visa may be for you.
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Studied in New Zealand?

If you've studied in New Zealand and want to stay on to enhance your professional skills, you may be eligible for a Post-study work visa.

Studied in New Zealand?

If you've studied in New Zealand and want to stay on to enhance your professional skills, you may be eligible for a Post-study work visa.
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Entertainment, Music, Film or Television Event

Come to New Zealand to work in the entertainment, music, film or television industries for a limited time? An Entertainers Work Visa may be for you.

Entertainment, Music, Film or Television Event

Come to New Zealand to work in the entertainment, music, film or television industries for a limited time? An Entertainers Work Visa may be for you.
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Run a Business

Do you want to establish a new business or develop an existing business in New Zealand? The Entrepreneur Work Visa visa could be for you.

Run a Business

Do you want to establish a new business or develop an existing business in New Zealand? The Entrepreneur Work Visa visa could be for you.
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Conduct Investment Activity

Do you wish to invest your money in New Zealand? An Investor visa could be for you.

Conduct Investment Activity

Do you wish to invest your money in New Zealand? An Investor visa could be for you.
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Global Talent Independent Program

The Global Talent Independent program (GTI) offers a streamlined, priority visa pathway for highly skilled and talented individuals to work and live permanently in Australia. The GTI targets specific industries which the Australian Government is looking to develop talent within.

Global Talent Independent Program

The Global Talent Independent program (GTI) offers a streamlined, priority visa pathway for highly skilled and talented individuals to work and live permanently in Australia. The GTI targets specific industries which the Australian Government is looking to develop talent within.
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The program

The program is designed to attract skilled migrants at the top future-focused fields to Australia. The program brings the best talent from around the world.

To express interest for priority processing within the program, a candidate will be highly skilled in one of the seven target sectors and be able to command a salary that meets the high income threshold or be a highly graded recent PhD or Masters Graduates.

Target sectors

  • AgTech
  • Space and Advanced Manufacturing
  • FinTech
  • Energy and Mining Technology
  • MedTech
  • Cyber Security
  • Quantum Information, Advanced Digital, Data Science and ICT

Expected salary threshold

Candidates should have the ability to attract a salary at or above the Fair Work high income threshold (FWHIT), which is currently AUD148,700. This figure is adjusted annually on 1 July.

In assessing whether a candidate is likely to have the ability to meet this salary threshold, the Department will consider:

  • current salary evidenced through payslips or a contract, or
  • future job offers outlining remuneration, or
  • recent PhD or Masters graduates in the target sectors.

Before you apply

You must first provide an expression of interest for consideration under the Global Talent program.

A unique identifier will be provided to individuals who meet the program parameters, which provides priority processing for a Distinguished Talent visa application.

Applying for the visa

As part of the application, you will need to be endorsed by a nominator who has a national reputation in the same field as you and is either:

  • an eligible Australian citizen, resident
  • eligible New Zealand citizen
  • an Australian organisation.

 

Employer Nomination Scheme visa (Subclass 186)

The 186 visa allows the visa holder to live and work in Australia permanently given that they are nominated by their employer. The 186 can be divided into three streams: Direct Entry, Labour Agreement, and Temporary Residence Transition.

Employer Nomination Scheme visa (Subclass 186)

The 186 visa allows the visa holder to live and work in Australia permanently given that they are nominated by their employer. The 186 can be divided into three streams: Direct Entry, Labour Agreement, and Temporary Residence Transition.
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The 186 visa allows the visa holder to live and work in Australia permanently given that they are nominated by their employer. The 186 can be divided into three streams: Direct Entry, Labour Agreement, and Temporary Residence Transition.

Direct Entry stream conditions for applicants

  • Have an eligible occupation
  • Have relevant work experience
  • Have the relevant licensing, registration or membership applicable for your occupation
  • Have a positive skills assessment
  • Be nominated by your sponsor
  • Be under 45 years old
  • Meet the DHA’s health requirement
  • Meet the DHA’s character requirement
  • Sign the Australian values statement
  • Have a competent level of English
  • Have paid back your debt to the Australian government
  • Not have had a visa cancelled or a previous application refused

Labour Agreement stream conditions for applicants

  • Be working under a labour agreement
  • Have the relevant licensing, registration or membership applicable for your occupation
  • Be nominated by your sponsor
  • Be under 45 years when you apply.
  • Must hold a substantive 457 or TSS visa issued under a labour agreement.
  • Meet the DHA’s health requirement
  • Meet the DHA’s character requirement
  • Sign the Australian values statement
  • Have paid back your debt to the Australian government
  • Not have had a visa cancelled or a previous application refused

Temporary Residence Transition stream conditions for applicants

  • Have the required skills
  • Licensing, registration or membership
  • Have relevant work experience
  • Be nominated by the employer who sponsored your temporary work visa
  • Be under 45 years old (exemptions apply)
  • Have a competent level of English language
  • Hold a 457, 482, or bridging visa
  • Meet the DHA’s health requirement through completing a health examination
  • Meet the DHA’s character requirement
  • Sign the Australian values statement
  • Have paid back your debt to the Australian government
  • Not have had a visa cancelled or a previous application refused

 

Permanent Partner visa (subclass 801)

Married or de factor partners of Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents or eligible New Zealand citizens who hold this visa are able to permanently live in Australia.

Permanent Partner visa (subclass 801)

Married or de factor partners of Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents or eligible New Zealand citizens who hold this visa are able to permanently live in Australia.
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Married or de factor partners of Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents or eligible New Zealand citizens who hold this visa are able to permanently live in Australia. Depending on the circumstances, this visa is only available for those who hold the equivalent temporary partner visa (that is, the subclass 820 Partner visa).

Conditions for applicants

  • Usually, an applicant must already hold a subclass 820 Partner visa or a subclass 445 Dependent Child visa.
  • Meet relationship requirements for either married applicants or de facto applicants, such as
  • Must still be in a relationship with the spouse or de facto partner from your subclass 820 visa
  • Your relationship is to the exclusion of all others
    • You both are both committed to a shared life together
    • Your relationship is genuine and continuing
  • Have paid back your debt to the Australian Government
  • Best interests of the child, whereby a visa might not be granted if it is not in the best interests of a child under the age of 18

 

Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa (NZ)

This permanent visa is offered to those who are already working in New Zealand on a temporary visa and can contribute to New Zealand’s economic growth through their employment and work experience.

Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa (NZ)

This permanent visa is offered to those who are already working in New Zealand on a temporary visa and can contribute to New Zealand’s economic growth through their employment and work experience.
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This permanent visa is offered to those who are already working in New Zealand on a temporary visa who can contribute to New Zealand’s economic growth through their employment and work experience. To be eligible for a Skilled Migrant visa, applicants must submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to be chosen out of a pool of potential applicants by Immigration NZ (INZ) and then invited to apply for this residence visa.

Conditions for applicants

  • Submit an EOI
    • The EOI requires at least 100 points to be accepted into the pool. The INZ points indicator can help applicants determine how many points they have based on their age, employment, any applicable skill-shortage factors, and previous work experience.
    • As of 14/8/2020, INZ will only be selecting EOIs with 160 points or above
    • EOIs are valid for six months
  • After submitting an EOI, you must be invited to apply for residence
  • Be under 55 years old
  • Be of good character
    • Must provide police certificate from (i) your country of citizenship and (ii) any country where you have cumulatively spent 12 months or more in the last 10 years
  • Be of good health
    • To prove good health, you must have a chest x-ray and a medical examination (not required until invited to apply for residence)
  • Ability to speak English
    • Evidence will need to be provided to prove the acceptable standard of English. This can include:
      • An acceptable English language test (must be no more than two years old)
      • Evidence of citizenship from Canada, Ireland, the United Kingdom, or the United States, and you have spent five years working or studying in those countries, in Australia, or in New Zealand
      • Evidence of a recognised qualification equivalent to a New Zealand level 7 bachelor’s degree that was gained in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, the UK or the USA. You must have studied in the above countries for at least two years to obtain this degree.
      • Evidence of a recognised qualification equivalent to a postgraduate New Zealand qualification gained in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, the UK or the USA. You must have studied in the above countries for at least two years to obtain this degree.
  • Evidence of skilled employment with the necessary work experience, qualifications, and occupational registration
  • If you want to bring family, your partner and dependent children must meet eligibility criteria
    • This includes requirements for speaking competent English (either speaking English or paying for classes to learn English in New Zealand)

 

Partner of a New Zealand Resident Visa

If you’re the partner of a New Zealand citizen or resident, you can apply to live in New Zealand permanently through a visa based on your partnership.

Partner of a New Zealand Resident Visa

If you’re the partner of a New Zealand citizen or resident, you can apply to live in New Zealand permanently through a visa based on your partnership.
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If you’re the partner of a New Zealand citizen or resident, you can apply to live in New Zealand permanently through a visa based on your partnership.

This visa allows the visa holder to live, work and study in New Zealand indefinitely.

Who is eligible for a Partnership Visa?

To be seen as being in a genuine partner relationship by Immigration New Zealand (INZ) you must be two people of the opposite or same sex, in any of the following:

  • A legal marriage
  • A civil union
  • A de facto relationship

INZ will also look at evidence that supports the “genuine and stable relationship” between you and your partner. This includes factors such as:

  • The living arrangement, where you and your partner are sharing the same home
  • How long you have been together and living together as a couple
  • Your and your partner’s financial arrangements
  • Your commitment to each other
  • Any property you own or share together
  • Children you have had together
  • The household tasks shared between you and your partner
  • If other friends and family recognise your relationship
  • Any time lived apart, including the duration, reason for being apart, and how you kept in touch

Dependent children aged 24 and under are able to apply as dependents.

Other eligibility criteria includes:

  • Satisfying health requirements
  • Satisfying character requirements
  • Proof of your partner’s NZ residence (such as bills addressed to the residence) and immigration status (such as a NZ passport)
  • Your partner’s eligibility to support your application
  • If any, dependent children must satisfy requirements
  • Any evidence of your relationship of your children
  • Evidence of custody of children 15 and under

 

Regional Migration Scheme (RMS) visa (subclass 187)

The Regional Migration Scheme (RMS) visa allows the holder to be sponsored by their employer in regional Australia to work and live permanently in Australia.

Regional Migration Scheme (RMS) visa (subclass 187)

The Regional Migration Scheme (RMS) visa allows the holder to be sponsored by their employer in regional Australia to work and live permanently in Australia.
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The Regional Migration Scheme (RMS) visa allows the holder to be sponsored by their employer in regional Australia to work and live permanently in Australia. The 187 visa consists of two streams: Direct Entry stream and Temporary Residence Transition stream.

Direct Entry stream conditions for applicants (This visa is closed to new applications)

  • Have an eligible occupation that is on the relevant list of skilled occupations
  • Have at least 3 years relevant work experience (exemptions apply)
  • Have a positive skills assessment
  • Have the relevant licensing, registration or membership applicable to the state or territory you intend to work in
  • Be nominated by an eligible sponsor
  • Be under 45 years old
  • Meet the DHA’s health requirement (this applies both to you, as the applicant, and any other family members)
  • Meet the DHA’s character requirement (this applies both to you, as the applicant, and any other family members)
  • Sign the Australian values statement
  • Have at least a Competent level of English language
  • Have paid back your debt to the Australian government
  • Not have had a visa cancelled or a previous application refused

Temporary Residence Transition stream conditions for applicants

  • Have the required skills needed to perform the tasks of the nominated occupation.
  • Have the relevant licensing, registration or membership applicable to the state or territory you intend to work in
  • Be nominated by the employer who sponsored your temporary work visa
  • Be under 45 years old
  • Have either one of the following visa:
    • a subclass 457 visa;
    • a subclass 482 (TSS) visa or
    • a bridging visa A, B or C (granted after your subclass 457 or Temporary Skill Shortage [TSS] visa expired)
  • Meet the DHA’s health requirement (this applies both to you, as the applicant, and any other family members)
  • Meet the DHA’s character requirement (this applies both to you, as the applicant, and any other family members)
  • Sign the Australian values statement
  • Have at least a Competent level of English language
  • Have paid back your debt to the Australian government
  • If you owe the Australian Government money, you must have paid it back or have a formal arrangement to pay it back.
  • Not have had a visa cancelled or a previous application refused

 

Temporary Partner visa (subclass 820)

The subclass 820 visa is a temporary visa that allows the applicant to live in Australia with their partner or spouse who is an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident, or an eligible New Zealand citizen.

Temporary Partner visa (subclass 820)

The subclass 820 visa is a temporary visa that allows the applicant to live in Australia with their partner or spouse who is an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident, or an eligible New Zealand citizen.
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The subclass 820 visa is a temporary visa that allows the applicant to live in Australia with their partner or spouse who is an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident, or an eligible New Zealand citizen. The subclass 820 visa allows the visa holder to apply for the permanent Partner visa (subclass 801) upon the initial visa’s expiry.

Conditions for applicants:

  • Not have had a visa cancelled or an application rejected
  • Your spouse or de facto partner must be either an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident, or an eligible New Zealand citizen
    • The relationship must be characterised by commitment to a shared life together to the exclusion of all others, genuine and continuing, and not living apart permanently
  • Applicants must be 18 years or over
  • Meet the DHA’s health requirement
  • Meet the DHA’s character requirement
  • Pay any debts to the government
  • The application is in the best interests of the child

Read more about the differences between temporary and permanent visas here.

Student Visa (subclass 500)

A Student Visa allows the holder to study in Australia for up to five years (depending on the length of their course of study).

Student Visa (subclass 500)

A Student Visa allows the holder to study in Australia for up to five years (depending on the length of their course of study).
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A Student Visa allows the holder to study in Australia for up to five years (depending on the length of their course of study). Upon approval of this visa, the holder can travel in and out of Australia and work up to 40 hours per fortnight.

Conditions for applicants

  • If a school student, you must be of a certain age
    • You must be over 6 years old to apply for this visa
    • If in secondary school, then you must be
      • less than 17 years old when you begin Year 9
      • less than 18 years old when you begin Year 10
      • less than 19 years old when you begin Year 11
      • less than 20 years old when you begin Year 12
  • Be enrolled in a course of study and provide evidence of such
  • Make welfare arrangements if you are under 18 years
  • Meet English language requirements
  • Have adequate health insurance
  • Have not held a certain visa
  • You cannot apply for a Student visa if you hold any of the following:
    • Domestic Worker (Temporary) Diplomatic and Consular visa (subclass 426)
    • Temporary Work (International Relations) visa (subclass 403) in the Domestic Worker (Diplomatic or consular) stream
    • Diplomatic (Temporary) visa (subclass 995) – primary visa holder only. A family member of a Diplomatic (Temporary) visa (subclass 995) can apply for a Student visa in Australia
    • Transit visa (subclass 771)
    • Visitor visa (subclass 600) in the Sponsored Family stream or in the Approved Destination Status stream
  • Have enough money for your stay
  • Be a genuine temporary entrant
  • Meet the DHA’s health requirement (this applies both to you, as the applicant, and any other family members)
  • Meet the DHA’s character requirement (this applies both to you, as the applicant, and any other family members)
  • Sign the Australian values statement
  • Have paid back your debt to the Australian Government
  • Not have had a visa cancelled or a previous application refused
  • Best interests of the child, whereby a visa might not be granted if it is not in the best interests of a child under the age of 18