Skilled Migration

A residence visa allows you to live and work in a country permanently and access most of the publicly funded services provided by a country to its citizens. You can enter a country on the basis of your Resident partner. Citizenship of a country can be gained after the specified conditions of a permanent resident visa have been met.

You will need to be under certain age and meet character and health requirements, as well as English language requirements.


Please note that the above-mentioned categories are principal categories and may have sub categories for which the applicant may be eligible to apply.
Test Minimum score required
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - General or Academic Module Overall score of 6.5 or more
Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-based Test (TOEFL iBT) Overall score of 79 or more
Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) Overall score of 58 or more
B2 First (First Certificate in English) (formerly Cambridge English: First (FCE)) or B2 First for Schools (First Certificate in English) (formerly Cambridge English: First (FCE) for Schools) Overall score of 176 or more
Occupational English Test (OET) Grade B or higher in all four skills (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking)*
A job offer is not a mandatory requirement to qualify for a Residence Visa under Skilled Migrant Category. The applicant must meet a total of 160 points to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) and to get an EOI selected.
Entrepreneur Work Visa Category enables investors from overseas to grow or establish high growth and innovative businesses with export potential in New Zealand. This visa may be granted up to 3 years