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Emigrate to New Zealand - Visa Information
Moving to another country - especially one so far from family and friends - is a big decision and being prepared will help the process be much smoother and stress-free. Your biggest concern after you've made the decision to emigrate will be securing a New Zealand visa for you and your family.
There are four main types of visas for New Zealand: skilled visa, business visa, partner visa and family visa. Your individual circumstances will dictate which visa is appropriate for you and your family. We've provided a very brief overview of the various types of visa available.
This site should not be considered emigration advice. Visa information can and does change. For professional advice and the most up-to-date information, suggest you contact a qualified migration specialist for more information.
Skilled Migrant Visa
New Zealand's Skilled Migration Program requires potential migrants to complete an Expression of Interest (EOI), which will then be scored against a points test. All migrants applying for a Skilled Visa must be aged 55 or under. These visas are open to skilled workers whose trade or profession is approved by INZ
New Zealand Business Visas
There are currently three types of New Zealand Business Visas available:
Long-Term Business Visa (three year work visa)
Active Investor Visa - Global Investor Category (Temporary residence until the end of the investment period, then permanent)
Active Investor Visa - Professional Investor Category (Up to age 64, temporary residence until the end of the investment period, then permanent)
Active Investor Visa - General Investor Category (Up to age 54, temporary residence until the end of the investment period, then permanent)
Each requires a substantial investment from the potential migrant.
Family Category Visa (Partner)
This visa is for the partner of New Zealand citizens or permanent residents. Sponsorship requirements must be met for this type of visa.
The partner of a New Zealand resident or citizen, wishing to obtain New Zealand residence themselves
There are two New Zealand family visas available:
Family Category Visa (Parent)
Applicants must express their interest in applying for New Zealand residence. Depending on the requirements they claim to meet, may subsequently be invited to apply. Applicants cannot have any dependent children, and one of their adult children must have been permanently resident in New Zealand for at least three years and be willing to sponsor the applicants.
Parent Retirement Category
Applicants must be able to invest a minimum of $1 million in New Zealand over four years and have an annual income of at least $60,000 at the time they apply, and settlement funds of at least $500,000
Temporary New Zealand Visas
Work To Residence Visa (Initial 30 month period)
Your occupation must be on the Long Term Skill Shortage List, and you must have an offer of employment in New Zealand with an accredited employer or you must be an exceptional talent
Essential Skills Work Visa
If you have an offer of a job from a New Zealand employer, you may be eligible to apply for a temporary essential skills visa to permit you to work
Working Holiday Visa
Young Persons Working Holiday Scheme for those aged 18 - 30
Tourist visa with entry for up to six months, no work permitted
A definite offer of a place from a New Zealand education provider such as a school, polytechnic or university is required, as is the payment of all course fees
Temporary Retirement Category
Retired individuals aged 66 and over who can make investments and be self-supporting
Are you eligible for a New Zealand visa?
Take a free test online to determine if you're eligible for a skilled immigration visa from The Emigration Group.
How can we help with your removal to New Zealand?
Britannia Bradshaw can help your move to New Zealand go smoothly.Contact us for a free, no obligation quote or call 0161 877 5555 (Manchester), 0121 504 0966 (Birmingham) and speak with an international removals specialist.
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Our removal customer reviews
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Our removal and storage reviews are taken from our Customer Care Survey, which is sent to every customer after their move is completed.
Removal Service9.8 out of 10
based on 478 ratings (478 user reviews) as of 27 June 2017
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The removal men were FANTASTIC! I cannot recommend them enough! How can you improve perfection?
Written by: Robert Dawson
Date published: 24/05/2017
10 / 10 stars
The best removals experience of all the companies we have used
We have moved home a number of times over the past ten years and this was the best removals experience of all the companies we have used.[We chose Britannia Bradshaw because of a] personal recommendation, excellent internet-based customer reviews, the helpfulness of Diane, who came to quote, and on the competitiveness of the price.
Mike and Martin were extremely professional. They worked very hard over both days to ensure that all the packing, loading and moving went smoothly, whilst consistently taking a "can-do" attitude. They were very polite, took excellent care of our belongings, and not a single element of the job appeared to be too much trouble. Absolutely brilliant.
Written by: Stephen Rwathore
Date published: 07/04/2017
9.7 / 10 stars
The move was everything that was promised
Why don't you have an eleven rating [the removal men] would rate it
We needed a full service so looked for a larger company who could supply this and had seen your vehicles around so gave you a chance, after your home visit I was fully confident that you would deliver what we needed and looked no further. The move was everything that was promised and after the delayed move date we were glad that we took up the insurance option, when the delay happened your office staff were on the ball and kept us informed without promising something that might be delivered but managed to deliver anyhow. My wife was left to handle the day due to work commitment and she felt confident with all the lads.
Written by: Kevin Smethurst
Date published: 13/04/2017
9.8 / 10 stars
Considerate, friendly & helpful
From our experience I don't think there is need for improvement. The removal crew was brilliant, they were very considerate of what we needed to do and they were very friendly and helpful. They did everything we asked in a timely fashion and given the complexity of what we needed to do e.g. moving contents from two separate sites they were very efficient. Just to thank the crew for their help and for making what could have been a very stressful experience less so. Thanks a million.
Written by: Henry Rogers
Date published: 10/04/2017
10 / 10 stars
Absolutely brilliant- they made a potentially stressful experience go extremely smoothly- thank you so much
Written by: Clare Powell
Date published: 08/02/2017
10 / 10 stars
Went above and beyond
[Britannia Bradshaw] was recommended by a friend. Very hard working - went above and beyond to help service - exellent
Written by: Adelina Tirone
Date published: 06/02/2017
9.8 / 10 stars
Brilliant work again
Used them previously - always happy with the service provided. The guys were absolutely brilliant. Brilliant work again - thank you for making our move as smooth as possible!
Written by: Gladys Swaim-Rutter
Date published: 31/01/2017
10 / 10 stars
I would have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone
The move day experience far exceeded our expectations. Considering moving house is meant to be one of the most stressful things you can do, we were relaxed for the whole two days with plenty of time to make a cuppa! We had every confidence in the removals crew. Jay and his team were professional, helpful and kept us organised without being obtrusive. I would have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone.