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Welcome to Migration Matters New Zealand

New Zealand - The Land of the Long White Cloud

New Zealand is a country famous for its natural beauty and lifestyle, from the awe inspiring mountains, ancient glaciers, beautiful crystal clear lakes and impressive geysers, boiling mud and ancient forests to the sandy breathtaking beaches, fantastic ski slopes, unique creatures, diverse wildlife, progressive cities and of course it's friendly people.

New Zealand has in recent times become a popular migration destination for those who are seeking a better lifestyle.

New Zealand Quick Facts:-
Area:   268,680 sq km
Population: 4 million
Capital City: Wellington
People: 75% New Zealand European (Pakeha), 10% Maori, 5% other European, 4.5% Polynesian, 5% Asian, 0.5% other
Language: English, Maori
Religion: Predominantly Christian (75%)
Government: Independent member of the Commonwealth of Nations
Head of Government: Prime Minister Helen Clark
GDP: US$85 billion
GDP per capita: US$22,360
Annual Growth: 2%
Inflation: 2.7%
Major Industries: Food processing, wood and paper products, wool, textiles, dairy products, iron and steel, machinery, tourism
Major Trading Partners: Australia, Japan, UK, China and the USA

About Migration to New Zealand

New Zealand aims to grant residence to people who have skills, experience and relevant job offers to fill employment opportunities that the New Zealand government has identified as necessary for growth. New Zealand wants people migrating to settle in New Zealand, feeling they are welcomed and are able to make a positive contribution.

The 'Skilled Migrant' immigration category ensures that both New Zealand and new migrants can experience positive social, cultural and economic outcomes of living and working together. Every year migrants from all over the world make New Zealand their new home.

Residence in New Zealand

If you wish to migrate to New Zealand, you need to apply to the New Zealand Immigration Service for resident status. Resident status in New Zealand entitles you to live, study and work indefinitely in New Zealand.

However, certain people do not need to apply for residence to live in New Zealand including:
  • New Zealand citizens, who must show valid New Zealand passports on entering New Zealand; and
  • Australian citizens, who must show valid Australian passports on entering New Zealand; and
  • Australian permanent residents, who must show valid Australian resident return visas on entering New Zealand.
Australian citizens and Australian permanent residents must be of good character. When you are approved residence, you will be issued a Residence Visa if you apply outside New Zealand or a Residence Permit if you apply in New Zealand.

Residence Visa

A Residence Visa is normally valid for one year and is for a single entry. You must use this visa before its expiry in order to activate your resident status. This visa allows you to travel to New Zealand and be granted a Residence Permit on arrival.

Residence Permit

A Residence Permit allows you to reside in New Zealand for an indefinite period. However, this permit will expire once you leave New Zealand.

If you wish to leave New Zealand temporarily after taking up residence, you must have a valid Returning Residence Visa in your passport to ensure your re-entry into New Zealand. You will be issued your first Returning Resident's Visa when residence is approved.

If you have a general query about our New Zealand services please contact a Migration Matters office

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