“Temporary” is a tricky term. It can mean anything from days (say if you’re a rock star), up to a few years (say if you have a real job). As a result, there are lots and lots of different kinds of visa.
But essentially – as a migrant – you’ll get a visa either because:
- You’ve got skills in which there is a shortage in New Zealand (and – ideally – a job offer from a New Zealand employer which uses those skills)
- Or you’ve got a family member who already holds a work visa, or is a resident or citizen
- Or – in rare cases – you’re incredibly talented at some kind of sport, art or cultural practice.
Depending on your temporary work visa you may be able to apply for Residency, either straight away or after a period of time has elapsed (there are lots of variables, so it’s best to talk to an advisor about where you stand on that).
In addition to the employability factors, New Zealand Immigration considers your health and your “good character”, recognised initially in the lack of any criminal convictions. So, the best game plan for a successful visa application will be get skilled, be healthy and stay out of trouble.
All sorted? Look at what’s involved for a Resident visa.
If you are here in the country already, then contact us and one of our team of fully Licensed Immigration Advisers will assist you with your application.