New Zealand is a country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean consisting of 2 main islands, both marked by volcanoes and glaciations. Capital Wellington, on the North Island, is home to Te Papa Tongarewa, the expansive national museum. Wellington’s dramatic Mt. Victoria, along with the South Island’s Fordland and Southern Lakes, stood in for mythical Middle Earth in Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” films.


If you have specialist skills or work in an area of skills shortage, and have a qualification that is comparable to those that New Zealand employers are used to, you’ll find that there are great career opportunities for you here. For more information, which covers skill shortage areas, industry profiles, tips on job hunting and more?

Choosing the right visa

There may be a number of visas you are eligible to apply for – each with its own criteria and application process.

Resident visas

Resident visas generally allow you to live and work in New Zealand indefinitely and access most publicly funded services.

The Skilled Migrant Category uses a points system based on factors such as age, work experience, your qualifications, and an offer of skilled employment to determine eligibility.

Another option is the Residence from Work visa. Once you’ve held a Work to Residence visa for at least 24 months, you may be able to eligible to apply.

Temporary visas

Temporary visas allow you to live and work in New Zealand for a set period of time. Working temporarily can be used as a step towards gaining residence and settling here permanently.

There are a range of work visas for people that work in a profession that is experiencing skill shortages or have a job offer from a New Zealand employer.

The Working holiday visa is designed for young people, usually aged 18-30. This option lets you travel and work in New Zealand for up to 12 months, or 23 months if you’re from the UK.

Other visas
There are a number of other New Zealand visas available for specific situations. Visit Immigration New Zealand’s website for the full list.


Documents for New Zealand Visa application:

  • Along with the original passport with validity of minimum six months and minimum one page should be blank from both side for visa stamp, the following documents need to be attached:
    Copy of visas obtained by the applicant previously.
    ii. Copy of first and last page of the passport.
    iii. Copies of old passports showing travel history must be attached as well.
  • While filling a visa application form for New Zealand Visa, there must be sufficient clarity in purpose of travel, as any one of the following forms must be attached along with the visa application form:
    Supplementary family form
    ii. Form 1189 (If applicant is travelling to New Zealand for less than six months and if the said trip is self/company sponsored) iii. Form 1025 (If sponsored by New Zealand citizen)Both must be duly filled and signed.
  • The applicant has to submit two recent passport size photographs with matte or semi matte finish, 60%-80% face coverage, white background and without border (Size: 35mm x 45mm)
    Please note:The photograph should not be more than 3 months old, scanned/stapled and should not be used in any of the previous visas.
  • He/she must submit a covering letter on business letter head with a clear mention of his/her name, designation, passport number, purpose and duration of visit in brief. The letter should be duly signed by authorized signatory with company stamp and addressed to – The Visa Officer, Immigration New Zealand, and New Delhi.
    Please Note:The covering-Letter should be on company letterhead if the applicant is Self Employed or on plain paper if he/she is an employee of any firm.
  • If the Applicant is visiting New Zealand for his/her honeymoon the following documents have to be submitted along with the visa application:
    NOC letter from parents.
    ii. Original wedding card.
    iii. Original engagement photos (5-10 in number).
  • As proof of the applicant’s financials, the following documents need to be submitted to the consulate:

    If the applicant is an employee of any firm:
    Personal ITR for last 3 years with stamped notary
    ii. Three months’ salary slips
    iii. Personal Bank Statement of the last six months mentioning the Bank’s name, Bank’s Telephone Number clearly
    iv. Credit Card copy/Foreign Exchange endorsement/Traveler’s Cherub
    v. Original NOC from company If the applicant is Self Employed
    i. Personal & Company ITR for last 3yrs with stamped notary
    ii. Personal & Company Bank Statement for last six months mentioning the Bank’s name, Bank’s Telephone Number clearly
    iii. Credit Card copy/Foreign Exchange endorsement/Traveler’s Cherub
  • He/she has to submit the following documents in addition to the above mentioned documents is the applicant is visiting New Zealand for the first time, along with the visa application:If Self Employed
    Company Registration Certificate / Certificate of Incorporation
    ii. Brief Company Profile
    iii. Articles of Memorandum (Incase the applicant is MD/Director)
    iv. Proof of Proprietorship / Partnership (In case applicant is Proprietor / Partner in a firm)
    v. Import / Export License (if applicable)If Employed
    i. Copy of Academic certificates
    ii. Copy of Appointment Letter which should contain the date of Joining, Designation and the Salary drawn
    iii. Previous working history
  • As a proof of accommodation, the applicant has to submit his hotel confirmation proof, tour itinerary, and tour confirmation. Confirmed return air ticket showing ticket itinerary.
    Please Note:All documents must be notarized or certified photocopies. These documents include bank statement, birth or marriage certificates, education certificates salary etc.

It takes around 4-5 weeks on an average. Get your New Zealand visa in just 15 Working days

In New Zealand the visa is granted generally for 3 months , 6 months or 12 months either single entry or multiple entry.