New Zealand Immigration Policy
New Zealand’s immigration requirements differ according to the type of visa the applicant is applying for. Besides Family Reunion visa, there are three other ways to immigrate to New Zealand which are provided by the authorities: investment visa, entrepreneur visa and skilled migrant category visa. Immigrants of the last two types are scored based on New Zealand immigration points.
There are two types of investment immigration in New Zealand, namely, Investor 1 Resident Visa and Investor 2 Resident Visa.
Investor 1 Resident Visa
Applicants of Investor 1 Resident Visa must keep NZ $10 million invested in an acceptable investment in New Zealand for 3 years. The applicant must spend 44 days in each of the last 2 years in New Zealand.
Investor 2 Resident Visa
Applicants of Investor 2 Resident Visa should be no older than 65 years and should have at least 3 years of business experience. They must invest NZ $3 million with an investment period of 4 years. The applicant must spend 146 days per year in New Zealand. Furthermore, the band score for IELTS cannot be lower than 4.0.
The Entrepreneur Work Visa is valid for 3 years. Applicants are required:
- minimum capital investment of NZ$100,000 (excluding working capital)
- 120 points or more, with points awarded for factors about the likely success of the business and its value to New Zealand
- A band score for IELTS no lower than 4.0.
Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa
There is a list of specialised technical talents on the immigration website that the government is seeking. New Zealand skilled immigration is categorised into Long Term Skill Shortage List, Regional Skill Shortage List, Construction and Infrastructure Skill Shortage List and Skill Level Classification. They cover extensive fields including engineering, construction, medical and technology. Applicants should be no older than 55 years and there are different levels of English requirement depending on the shortage list. They should possess locally recognized academic qualifications and work experience related to their respective vacancies. The authorities will score according to the criteria above. Applicants with a score of 160 or above will receive an invitation from the immigration department to apply. If their application is successful, they are issued a New Zealand residence.
When the applicant’s visa expires, they can apply for permanent residency in New Zealand if they meet the requirements of the authorities.
Living in New Zealand
New Zealand is in the southern hemisphere. Though its landmass is almost the same as Japan, its population is less than 5 million. It can be described as sparsely populated and residents say they “see sheep more than people”. New Zealand has an abundance of natural resources, a beautiful environment, and fresh air. It can be described as the last pure land on Earth. The famous movie trilogy “the Lord of the Rings” was filmed here.
Due to the low population density of New Zealand, the government offers generous welfare to every citizen. These include free medical care, free birth, free education (primary and secondary), free government housing, unemployment benefits, and illness benefits. These generous benefits ensure its residents are content to live and work in the country. Unlike many other developed countries, New Zealand does not have a fast pace of living. Shops usually close early in the evening and nightlife is limited, though to residents this is not a problem at all because they are pursuing a healthy and quiet lifestyle, preferring peace and quiet to a bustling lifestyle found elsewhere.