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Permanent Residency in New Zealand


If you wish to settle permanently in New Zealand you will need to apply for a Permanent Residence Visa or Permit.



There are different ways of applying for a Permanent Residence Visa or Permit:
Skilled, Business, Investor and Family Migration as well as Work to Residence.


Skilled Migration

The Skilled Migrant Category addresses applicants who are planning to take up skilled employment in New Zealand.


Business Migration

New Zealand's Business Immigration Policy consists of residence and temporary entry categories. Investor, Entrepreneur and Employees of Relocating Businesses Categories lead to residency in New Zealand, while the Long Term Business Visa Category allows temporary entry.


Investor Migration

The objective of the Investor Category is to attract skilled business people with capital to invest in New Zealand.


Family Migration

If members of your family are already residing in New Zealand and you wish to join them, a Residence Application under the Family Category might be an option for you.


Residence from Work

The objective of the Residence from Work Category is to enable the grant of residence to people whose talents are needed by New Zealand employers, people with exceptional talent in a field of art, culture or sport and people working in areas of identified absolute occupational shortage in New Zealand (Long term skill shortage list).