Emigrating to New Zealand – visa information
Below are the popular routes South Africans take to emigrate to New Zealand:
Work to Residence Visa
A Work to Residence Visa can provide you with a pathway to staying permanently in New Zealand after two years.
People who have been offered a full-time job and want to eventually be able to live in New Zealand permanently.
This visa is tied to a specific job in an area of skill shortage or with an accredited employer. You will be able to apply for residence if you continue working for your employer for two years.
55 or under
Approx. 2-4 months
Skilled Migrant Visa
A Skilled Migrant Category Visa can give people residence in New Zealand.
People who want to stay in New Zealand indefinitely, have been offered a job and have the skills, qualifications and experience they need.
Send them an Expression of Interest (EOI) telling them about your skills and job offer. They use a points-based system to assess EOIs. If you gain the required number of points they will invite you to apply for a Skilled Migrant Visa.
55 or under
Approx. 11 months
Parent Retirement Resident Visa
If you have an adult child who is a New Zealand citizen or resident, you can apply to live in New Zealand permanently. You’ll need an annual income of NZ $60,000 plus NZ $1 million to invest for 4 years, and another NZ $500,000 to live on. Once you’ve completed the 4-year investment period, you’ll be eligible for permanent residence.
Visas and Covid-19
Travellers to New Zealand from South Africa must complete a 14-day stay in managed isolation or quarantine. You are legally required to obtain a Managed Isolation Allocation system voucher confirming your place in a managed isolation facility before boarding a flight. Since the places in the quarantine locations are limited, there normal timeline to enter New Zealand through above visas are significantly delayed. You need to consider that when preparing your New Zealand emigration timeline. You also need to present a negative Covid-19 test result.
It is illegal in New Zealand to advise on a visa if you are not an accredited agent. Therefore, we will only provide the information stated on the government website. You are more than welcome access it here: https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas.