Resident Visas


Making New Zealand a permanent home is a fantastic choice for your life with ample career opportunities, diverse communities, a strong culture and endless leisure activities – all set against the beautiful background of Aotearoa.

At NZ Visa Connections, we have personal experience of the desire to live here forever. We know the right path to your New Zealand residency and look forward to welcoming you to your new, forever home.

There are many types of Resident Visas. The most popular are detailed below, contact us for other options.

2021 Resident Visa

This exciting pathway is a golden opportunity that will close soon. If you think you might be eligible – get in touch urgently.

It is unique as it is not points-based and has no English Language requirements. This category closes on 31st July 2022.

NEW Accredited Employer Residence Visa 

Immigration New Zealand indicates that migrants who earn 2 x the median wage will be eligible for this new pathway. We don’t know yet what further criteria will be issued for this visa.

Will migrants be required to have a certain standard of proficient in English Language? Will they need to show specific work experience or qualifications relevant to the job they are doing? Will other qualifications assist them in gaining residency via this path? NZ Visa Connections can help you be fully prepared for the challenges of this new category.

Skilled Migrant Category 

The Skilled Migrant Category is a two-stage point system. A selection threshold applies to this system however, this scheme is currently suspended.  

This Resident Visa category can be applied for from outside New Zealand or while you are here. Many Essential Skills Work Visa holders follow this path to residence. Gaining your New Zealand residency through this pathway means that you can make a life for yourself permanently in New Zealand, while New Zealand employers and businesses also benefit from acquiring your particular skill set and experience. 

Family Category

The Family Category of New Zealand Resident Visas is varied. These are best discussed directly with a Licensed Immigration Adviser at NZ Visa Connections. Talk through these options with us now.

Investor/Business Residence  

Many of the investor and business visas can lead to permanent residence.  Check out our investor page for more details.


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  • "Overall, my experience with NZ Visa Connections has been very pleasant and enjoyable. They provided me with the peace of mind and confidence that everything will be sorted, and that my visa application was in very good hands. The team was very efficient, organized, and “on-the-ball” on all immigration policies and requirements. The weekly video chats to check on the progress of my “paper trail” was very helpful. It was a very professional engagement with a personal touch. "

    Jessica Misa Baird, Work Visa Support

  • "My experience has truly been nothing short of easy and amazing. NZ Visa Connections has been thorough since the inception of our relationship. Understanding the ins and outs of the process has been overwhelming and not always easy to follow. But, they've been transparent, calming and honest during an otherwise difficult to navigate process. The team goes above and beyond and it's very evident they are passionate about the work that they do."

    Ashley Bent, Work Visa Support

  • "Outstanding work from NZ Visa Connections in regards to helping our company secure visas for two of our key staff members. These two wonderful ladies have gone above and beyond for our company. Rebecca was the case manager for two of our staff members and  she worked exceptionally hard to renew their visas on the 11th hour. I was so impressed with her amazing ability to make things happen with such a positive outcome. "

    Lee Dewerson, Employer / Business services

  • "We first meet NZ Visa Connections back in 2017 when we were looking for an advisor to apply for Reon's first work Visa, We have continued to work with NZ Visa Connection ever since. With that said we have found them to be very professional throughout this process and have been Successful with our application for Reon Visas. Reon and myself would have no problem with recommending NZ Visa Connection to any person who needed Visa advice. "

    Ross & Reon Laird, Work Visa Support

  • "I was very nervous about trying to employ an international applicant, but NZ Visa Connections helped me employ the perfect person for our team, even making suggestions so we could apply for a 3-year Visa straight away. They assisted and supported me every step of the way, from helping with the advertisement to preparing Visa application documents, through to procuring the visa’s required for our employee. They were knowledgeable and eminently capable, and I would have no hesitation referring them to any other business thinking about hiring internationally."

    Lisa Coleman, Employer / Business services

  • "NZ Visa Connections basically took the stress out of my work and residence visa applications. I honestly feel so lucky to have found them in the first place --through my sister's colleague's recommendation. They were as amazing to work with as what we heard about them. The whole process was already quite streamlined for us (my partner and I). We simply had to follow through a well-defined checklist with details like: the importance of a specific document, suggestions and prompts for letters and other write up. It was very clear to us that they are the expert we needed."

    Donna Dychinco, Residence Visa support