Immigrating to New Zealand

Kia ora (That's Welcome in New Zealand Maori by the way)

So - you're thinking of moving to Middle Earth, the Land of the Long White Cloud and Maori legends - that little South Pacific Island paradise known as New Zealand, and locally as Aotearoa.

The immigration process can seem complicated, and stressful - but it needn't be. If you're thinking of immigrating to New Zealand, that decision is undoubtedly one of the biggest decisions you'll ever have to make.

Rennie Cox can help you navigate New Zealand's complex immigration laws and assist you with the establishment of your business.

Getting here

The principal ways in which residence in New Zealand can be achieved by are:

  1. Family reunion.
  2. Skilled migrant category
  3. Business investor;
  4. Work to residence;
  5. Migrant investment policy; and
  6. The Immigration Retirement Package

The Skilled Migrant Category includes Education, Health and medical groups, Information and communications technology, Agriculture and farming, Engineering, and Trades.

We can help guide you through the process. You need to be aware of such things such as New Zealand's identified future growth areas (biotechnology, creative industries, and information communications and technology), and the areas of skills shortage in New Zealand. There are various strategic decisions which will assist you in maximising the probability of having your residency approved, and we can assist you with identifying these.

If you are in the health industry, a petroleum engineer, chemist, microbiologist, quantity surveyor, secondary school teacher, social worker, university lecturer, veterinarian, chef, or automotive technician, for example, you may be qualified for the work to residence program.

On the other hand, you may be a business investor or entrepreneur with a business plan that demonstrates that you have enough money to establish your business and make a viable contribution to the New Zealand economy, that you're suitably experienced, and that you have never been involved with any business failures or fraud in the past.

Under New Zealand's long-term business visa policy you can apply for a three year permit to give you enough time to move to New Zealand and start your business before you apply for residency.

The migrant investment policy is new, and aims to attract financial capital to local firms or government by providing residency to people who wish to make a significant financial contribution to the New Zealand economy.

On the other hand, if you have $1.5 million invested in New Zealand for four years, and NZ $1 million settlement funds available, are a competent user of English, and are under age 65, you may be able to gain residence in New Zealand provided you meet all the other requirements.

There is also a new immigration retirement package to attract investment into New Zealand. Two new retirement visas are available through the Immigration Retirement Package. The package consists of two categories: Temporary Retirement and Parent Retirement.

The Temporary Retirement Category allows Immigration New Zealand to prioritise high net worth individuals who are already seeking to migrate to New Zealand under the Family Category.

Parent Retirement visa holders will be required to invest a minimum of $1 million in New Zealand over four years, whereas Temporary Retirees will need to invest $750,000 over the two-year term of the permit. Temporary Retirees will be able to renew their permits as long as they continue to meet criteria including investment funds, income and health insurance. There are various other requirements associated with these policies, but they represent an exciting new mechanism for immigrants to enter and live in New Zealand!

Rennie Cox can help you not only with your immigration applications but also with the purchase of your home, and the purchase or establishment of your business. We can help you protect your intellectual property such as your trade mark, or design mark, advise you on business compliance issues such as product compliance, biosecurity, consumer safety, energy efficiency, and occupational health and safety law in New Zealand. We can also advise you on New Zealand's consumer laws such as the Sale of Goods Act 1908, the Fair Trading Act 1986, the Consumer Guarantees Act 1993, and regulations relating to public safety, weight and measurement, and credit contracts and consumer finance. We'll be there to help you with advice regarding business regulations, ACC and injury compensation, consumer laws, company law and the Commerce Act, employment and workplace laws, health and safety in employment act, privacy and information legislation, the Resource Management Act 1991, product compliance, assessment bodies, and regulators.

Start talking to us soon to help ensure that your transition to life in New Zealand is a smooth and stress free one.

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