There are many reasons why potential migrants are interested in New Zealand. Many are people who are looking for a whole new life in a new country. They usually want a different or better life in a more stable country in which to raise their families and earn an honest living. They’re usually doing this for the long-haul and almost always would never consider returning to the country they just left.
Seen from a global perspective New Zealand is not always the first choice destination for English-speaking migrants. The USA, Canada and UK are the usual countries that people think of when wanting to emigrate. The single greatest attraction of these aforementioned countries is that they offer greater economic opportunity. But this aspect should be just one criterion to consider.
People who look at life from all angles know that there is more to consider in an emigration destinations than just financial potential. Such people quickly find themselves drawn to New Zealand because of the variety of opportunities that it offers, which does also include the monetary side of the equation.
So the first thing you need to do is determine what your primary reasons and motivations are. It may be that in order to accomplish your own specific goals, you don’t have to emigrate at all. If all you want to do is own a second home in New Zealand and come for stays of three months to a year, you’ll find that this can be achieved by using the appropriate extensions to a typical tourist’s visitor’s visa.
However, if you want to work in New Zealand, you will need to apply for a visa that will legally allow it. Examples of such visas are the work visa, long term business visa, resident visa, or variance to a student visa. All of these will be dealt with in this guide.
Since you’ve made the effort to get this guide, it’s also likely that you’re looking to stay long enough to secure your permanent resident visa and ultimately, your indefinite resident visa (IRRV), which allows you the freedom to come and go as you please.