New Zealand

New Zealand Visas & citizenship

New Zealand has a range of visa options depending on whether you want to work here, study, invest or simply enjoy a visit.

Our immigration policies have been developed to support New Zealand’s economic growth. If you’re looking to make New Zealand your home and have skills, experience or capital that are in short supply locally, we’d love to hear from you. Moving here could be the life change you’ve always dreamed of.

There is a range of New Zealand visas, some of which you may be eligible for. Choosing the best option for your circumstances will likely depend on how long you want to stay, if there is a shortage of your skills in New Zealand and if you are coming with a partner or family..

Visa guide:

Introduction to the most popular visa types for Irish workers, from the working holiday visa to options for longer stay, including employer and state sponsorship, permanent residency and citizenship

Finding a place to live:

Overview of the property market, short-term accommodation options, average cost of renting and buying a home in each of the main cities, and how to find cheap furniture

Which city?

The most popular locations for Irish people, and what they offer in terms of jobs and lifestyle

Finding a job:

Introduction to the current economic climate in New Zealand, examining the jobs market, what skills/occupations are currently in demand and where, and advice on how to jobsearch

Health:

Who is entitled to public healthcare, what costs are involved, and health insurance options

Education:

How the education system is run, third-level options and featured-desc

Culture and lifestyle:

Multicultural, awash with restaurants, plenty of sport and big events - and that’s just Auckland

Finance:

How much money you should bring to get set up, how the cost of living compares to Ireland, and an introduction to the tax system

Directory:

Contact details for Irish organisations, sports and culture clubs, online social networks and other useful support groups

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Applying for visas or citizenship in New Zealand

Irish citizens who intend to work, study or set up a business in New Zealand need to have the right visa to suit their circumstances.

The New Zealand Department of Immigration website has a VisaOptions tool to help applicants find the right visa for them.

The majority of workers move to New Zealand through the Work to Residence or Skilled Migrant programmes. The list below summarises the most common visa types for Irish workers.

Costs: Application costs range from NZ$208 (€120) for a working holiday visa to NZ$3,615 (€2,093) for a skilled migrant resident visa. Visas for entrepreneurs, investors or retirees can cost up to NZ$4,745 for Investor type 2. See immigration.govt.nz for the full list.

Migration agents can assist with the application process for an additional fee, but are not essential. Do make sure they are registered with the New Zealand government

You don’t need a visa to work in New Zealand if you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident.

Frequently Asked Questions

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